College and Career Connection

College and Career Connection (CCC) (formerly called Career Learning Link) 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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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.

College and Career Connection Resources

Statewide Intermediary Resources

Dubuque Area Virtual Events (open district-wide)

In partnership with Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council. Virtual recordings of job shadows in the fields of Marketing and Social Media, Business, Sales, Advanced Manuf, and 1st Generation College Bound, and Healthcare.

Employer & Educator Forms and Resources

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

Department of Education - Industry Toolkits

Fall 2022

Date Event Location Audience
Nov. 8 Independence Mental Health Institute Career Experience -FULL Independence Students
Nov. 8 NICC Peosta Campus Career Pathway Day Peosta Sophomores
Nov. 15 Electric Cooperative Exploratory Career Day Postville Students
Dec. 2 Obstetrics University of Iowa Exploratory Career Hour Zoom Students
Dec. 7 NICC Cresco Center & RHS Healthcare Careers Event Cresco Students
Dec. 8 University of Iowa Health Care STEM Career Day Iowa City Pref given to Seniors

Spring 2023

Date Event Location Audience
January 19 Healthcare in Education Exploratory Career Day Keystone AEA, Elkader Students
Feb. 7 South End Skilled Trades Event Edgewood Students
Mar. 31 Women's Empowerment & Person Enrichment Conference TBD Students
Apr. 5 UIU/NICC 8th Grade Career Exploration Fair Fayette UIU 8th Grade Students
Apr. 11 Build Iowa Career Fair x/Master Builders of Iowa - Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Students
Apr. 18 Build Iowa Career Fair x/Master Builders of Iowa - Cedar Falls Cedar Falls Students
Apr. 20 Independence Mental Health Institute Career Experience Independence Students
May 4 Seed Saving & Sharing 101 at Heritage Farm Worksite Exploratory Event - rescheduled Decorah Students
May 8 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day La Crosse 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 College and Career Connection 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 College and Career Connection 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