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.

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

Career Learning Link Upcoming Events

Fall 2019

Nov. 15 MFL, Central, Clayton Ridge Mock Interviews (at MFL) Monona Students
Nov. 15 Simpson College Start Up Storm (Entrepreneurialism) Indianola Students
Nov. 18 10th Grade Career Pathway Day - Calmar Campus Calmar 10 graders
Nov. 20 Explore Healthcare Career Night at Hempstead HS Dubuque Students
Nov. 21 John Deere Tech Program Preview Day Calmar Campus Students
Nov. 22 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day La Crosse, WI Students
Nov. 5 Electric Cooperative Career Day | Allamakee Co. Coop Postville Students
Dec. 5 NICC General Campus Visit Days Calmar & Peosta Students
Dec. 6 Waukon PES Class Mock Interviews Waukon Students
Dec. 11 NICC Cresco Center & RHS Healthcare Careers Event Cresco Students
Dec. 12 MFL Mock Interviews MFL Students
Dec. 18 Central Mock Interviews Central Students
TBD Information Technology Career Experience Day Cedar Falls Students
TBD Allamakee County Opportunity & Networking Fair Waukon Students
TBD Bear Creek Archeology Experience Cresco Students
TBD Future Technologies Conference Peosta Employers

Spring 2020

Jan. 17 Ed-Co Networking & Opportunity Fair Ed-Co Students
Feb. 13 NICC General Campus Visit Day Peosta & Calmar Students
Feb. 25 Girl Scout Career Event - Calmar Campus Calmar Scouts
Mar. 6 Agriculture & Animal Sciences Program Preview Day Calmar Students
Mar. 19 John Deere Tech Program Preview Day Calmar Students
Mr. 19 Anamosa State Penitentiary Career Experience Anamosa Students
Mar. 26 NICC General Campus Visit Day Peosta & Calmar Students
Mar. 31 9th Grade Campus Experience - NICC Calmar Campus Calmar 9th graders
Apr. 1 NICC Career Day at the Salon Calmar Campus Students
Apr. 8 NICC/UIU Career Exploration Fair  Fayette Middle School
Apr. 16 NE Iowa STEM Festival - Dubuque Area Dubuque Students
Apr. 16 NICC General Campus Visit Day Peosta & Calmar Students
Apr. 17 NE Iowa High School Welding Competition Peosta Students
Apr 23/24 High School Construction Expo - Portzen Construction Dubuque Students
April 23 NE Iowa STEM Festival - Decorah Area Luther College Students
Apr. 23 9th Grade Campus Experience - NICC Peosta Campus Peosta 9th graders
Apr. 30 Construction Technology Program Preview Day Calmar & Peosta Students
May 1 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day La Crosse Students
May 6 Information Technology Program Preview Day Calmar & Peosta 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