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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** 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Apr. 13 NICC 8th Grade Career Exploration Fair | UIU Fayette UIU-Fayette Students
Apr. 21 Blood Typing w/DeGowin Blood Center - Pathology Exploratory Career Event  10am-1pm Oelwein Students
Apr. 26 Fueling Our Future: Careers in the Ethanol Industry 9:00-11:00am Dyersville  Students
Apr. 28 Northeast Iowa STEM Festival | Luther College Decorah Students
Apr. 28 & 29 High School Construction Expo 2022 at Portzen Construction Dubuque Students
May 4 Marine Biology, Conservation & Historic Artifact Preservation | 9:00am-12:30pm Dubuque Students
May 5 Hospitality & Operations Exploratory Career Day with the TG Crew Decorah Students
May 12 Independence Mental Health Institute Visit  - 10:00am-1pm Independence  Students
June 20-24 Summer 2022 Educator in the Workplace Experience TBD Educators
TBD Anamosa State Penitentiary Career Experience Anamosa 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