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.

Iowa Intermediary Network logoNICC's Career Learning Link is a member of the Iowa Intermediary Network. Visit to learn more and follow us on social media!

** Due to COVID-19, on-site work-based learning is limited, but we have new virtual experiences. Let us know how we can help you. **

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

Advanced Manufacturing Panels

Oct 20, 10-10:30am Advanced Manufacturing Panel - Howard/Chickasaw Counties Zoom Students
Oct 27, 1:30-2:00pm Advanced Manufacturing Panel - Winneshiek County Zoom Students
Oct 30, 10:30-11:15am Advanced Manufacturing Panel - Delaware County Zoom Students
Nov 6, 8:30-9:00am Advanced Manufacturing Panel - Allamakee County Zoom Students

Career Chats

Oct 30, 9am & 1:00pm Career Chats: Fun Fridays from the Field - Middle Schoolers Zoom Students
Nov 20, 9am & 1:00pm Career Chats: Fun Fridays from the Field - Middle Schoolers Zoom Students
Dec 11, 9am & 1:00pm Career Chats: Fun Fridays from the Field - Middle Schoolers Zoom Students

Dubuque Area Virtual Events (open district-wide)

In partnership with Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council.

Oct 14, 10am Job Shadow: Business Administration Virtual Students
Oct 20, 10am Job Shadow: Sales Virtual Students
Oct 8, 6:30pm Webinar: Advanced Manufacturing/Utilities Virtual Students
Oct 14, 6:30pm Webinar: 1st Generation College Bound Virtual Students
Oct 20, 6:30pm Webinar: Healthcare Careers Virtual Students

Fall 2020

Oct. 20 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day - Postponed until spring La Crosse, WI Students
Oct. 28 NICC Agriculture Career Fair Calmar Students
Nov. 5 Psych Central: The Ins & Outs of Mental Health & Social Work Zoom Students
Nov. 10 Just for the Health of It: Healthcare Careers | 10:30-11:00am  Online  Students 
Nov 14-19 Health Professionals Week - Explore Careers Confidently Online Students
Nov. 17 Let's Get Fiscal: Finance & Accounting Careers | 10:30-11:00am Online Students
Dec. 1 Univ of Iowa Healthcare/STEM Virtual Live Webinar | 10:30-11:00am  Online  Students
Dec 2 or 9 NICC Cresco Center & RHS Healthcare Careers Event  Cresco  Students 
Dec. 10 Tech Talks: Careers in Technology | 9:30-11:00am | Virtual Zoom 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

Statewide Intermediary Fall 2020 Virtual Events | High School Classes

Visit website for more information or to register!

Oct 21 Small Business Entrepreneurship Panel w/ABI 10-10:30am Virtual Students
Oct 22 Cupcake Wars: Iowa Edition 10:00-10:30am Virtual Students
Oct 29 Healthcare Worker Demonstration & Panel 1:30-2pm Virtual Students
Nov 4 The Importance of Play in Student Learning and Development 1:30-2pm Virtual Students
Nov 5 Ag Career Day 10-10:30am Virtual Students
Nov 11 Agriculture NOW - 1:30-2pm Virtual Students
Nov 12 Growth Opportunities Within Iowa Businesses 1:30-2pm Virtual Students
Nov 12 Build My Future/Industrial Technology Virtual Students
Nov 19 Helping Others: Counseling and Mental Health 10-10:30 Virtual Students
Nov 19 Emerging Technologies/Information Technology Virtual 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
Apr. 28 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day  La Crosse, WI Students
TBD Anamosa State Penitentiary Career Experience Anamosa Students
May 4 Construction Career Day U of W, Platteville 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