Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link

Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link (CLL) is a program that exposes students to high-demand career areas and sets them on the pathway to career and educational success beyond high school. The program provides work-based learning opportunities for students in partnership with local businesses.

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** Due to COVID-19, on-site work-based learning has been suspended **

Benefits for Students and Educators

  • Students (and parents!) save time and money by knowing the career path to follow after high school.
  • Career coaches work with students to find the right post-graduation plan.
  • Opportunities for job shadows, internships and career mentoring.

Benefits for Business Partners

  • Recruit future workforce by connecting with schools and individual students.
  • Provide professional development to teachers regarding careers in your industry through workshops and externships.
  • Serve as a career mentor to a student interested in your field of work.

Forms and Resources

Department of Education - Sectors of Opportunity - Iowa Career Pathway Mapping Projects

Department of Education - Industry Toolkits

Career Learning Link Upcoming Events

Summer 2020

Multiple NICC General Campus Visit Day - Now Virtual Peosta & Calmar Students
July 13 UI Carver College of Medicine FUTURE in Biomedicine Zoom presentations 3:30 - 5 PM Online Students

Fall 2020


Sept. 17 Delaware County Healthcare Awareness Day Manchester Students
Sept. 22 Norman Borlaug Farm Visit Day Cresco Students
Oct. 2 Delaware County Advanced Manufacturing Day Various Students
Oct. 7 Construction Career Day U of W, Platteville Students
Oct. 20 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day La Crosse, WI Students
Oct. 28 NICC Agriculture Career Fair Calmar Students
Nov 14-19 Health Professionals Week - Explore Careers Confidently Online Students
Dec 2 or 9 NICC Cresco Center & RHS Healthcare Careers Event  Cresco  Students 
TBD UNI Syndavar Lab Experience Cedar Falls Students
TBD Culinary/Hospitality Event @ Casino Queen Marquette Students
TBD Adam's Pet Hospital Visit Day Asbury Students
TBD Bear Creek Archeology Experience Cresco Students
TBD Anamosa State Penitentiary Career Experience Anamosa Students

Spring 2021

Feb Dates New Hampton 8th Grade Career Week Various Students
Mar 9 AEA Science Fair | Calmar Campus Calmar Students
Mar 11 AEA Science Fair | Peosta Campus Peosta Students
Mar 31 NICC/UIU Career Exploration Fair Fayette Students
Apr 22 or 29 NE Iowa STEM Festival | Luther College Decorah Students



At the day-long program at the Mayo Clinic, I performed six mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanical engineering experiments. The Perry Outreach program and the Career Learning Link partnership allowed me to grasp a better understanding of what surgeons and engineers really do on a day-to-day basis.

Isabelle Breitfelder
West Delaware High School graduate

“Winneshiek Medical Center has offered job shadows, tours, and experiential learning to students across the area for decades. Because experience is one of the key methods of learning used in health care, it was a natural fit to partner with the Career Learning Link to continue offering these experiences. Our collaboration with NICC Career Learning Link is important because it gives us the opportunity to connect with the bright and dedicated youth in the area who may one day become our employees.”

Elly Lensch, MLS
Winneshiek Medical Center Education Department

 “My students began to see the benefits of the program right away through working with their career coach, going on job shadows and self-reflection. Participating in the Career Learning Link is for every student who wants to give their future a jump start.”

Jodi Ehlers, Business Teacher and School-to-Work Coordinator
Edgewood-Colesburg High School