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

Oct. 3 Advanced Manufacturing Student Tour - Winneshiek County  Winneshiek County Students
Oct. 9 Advanced Manufacturing Student Tour - Chickasaw County  Chickasaw County Students
Oct. 17 Advanced Manufacturing Student Tour - Fayette County  Fayette County  Students
Oct. 29 Advanced Manufacturing Student Tour - Clayton County  Clayton County  Students
TBD Advanced Manufacturing Student Tour - Dubuque County  Dubuque County  Students
Sept.26 CTE Career Learning Teacher Tours w/AEA - AG (no tour, work day only) Elkader Teachers
Oct. 28 CTE Career Learning Teacher Tours w/AEA - Business Decorah Teachers
Nov. 12 CTE Career Learning Teacher Tours w/AEA - Family Consumer Science Edgewood Teachers
Nov. 14 CTE Career Learning Teacher Tours w/AEA - IT/Applied STEM New Hampton Teachers
Sept. 12 Who Works the River Quad Cities Students
Sept. 16 Brooks Harper Speaker Event - Calmar Calmar Students
Sept. 17 Brooks Harper Speaker Event - Manchester Manchester Students
Sept. 21 Skilled Trades Expo - Truck Country Training Facility Dubuque HS Seniors
Sept. 24 10th Grade Career Pathway Day - Calmar Calmar Campus HS Soph.
Sept. 25 Gundersen La Crosse Hospital/EMS Tour & Veterans Memorial Hospital La Crosse/Elkader Students
Oct. 2 NFV Businesses in the Hopitality Industry/Tourism Day TBD Students
Oct. 11 Future Ready Iowa '19 Employer Summit - Manchester Manchester Employers
Oct. 11 Norman Borlaug Inspire Day Cresco Students
Oct. 22 10th Grade Career Pathway Day - Peosta Peosta Campus HS Soph.
Oct. 30 NICC Agriculture Career Fair Dairy Center Students
Nov. 12 Adams Pet Hospital Tour and Career Experience Asbury Students
Nov. 22 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day La Crosse, WI Students
Nov. 5 Electric Cooperative Career Day | Allamakee Co. Coop Postville Students
Dec. 11 NICC Cresco Center & RHS Healthcare Careers Event Cresco Students
TBD Bear Creek Archeology Experience Cresco Students
TBD Allamakee County Opportunity and Networking Fair Waukon Students
TBD Land Survey & Civil Engineering Career Day Manchester Students
TBD Future Ready Iowa '19 Employer Summit - Norplex/Postville Postville Employers
TBD Future Ready Iowa '19 Employer Summit - Conlon Construction/Dubuque Dubuque Employers

Spring 2020

Feb. 25 Girl Scout Career Event - Calmar Campus Calmar Scouts
Apr. 8 NICC/UIU Career Exploration Fair  Fayette Middle School
Apr. 17 NE Iowa High School Welding Competition Peosta Students
Apr. 21 9th Grade Campus Experience - NICC Calmar Campus Calmar 9th graders
Apr. 23 9th Grade Campus Experience - NICC Peosta Campus Peosta 9th graders
May 1 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 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