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

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

Career Learning Link Upcoming Events

Spring 2020

Feb. 12 Careers in Technology Experience Cedar Falls 11 & 12 students
Feb. 13 School Counselor Networking Day AEA Elkader Counselors
Feb. 13 NICC General Campus Visit Day Peosta & Calmar Students
Feb. 14-16 Volunteers needed for Oneota Film Festival - Waukon Waukon Students
Feb. 25 CNC Pathway Discover Day NICC Cresco Ctr Students
Feb. 26 (FULL) CLL Independence Mental Health Institute Experience Independence Students
Mar. 3 WBL Professional Development w/ high school partners Elkader AEA Teachers/Counselors
Mar. 6 Agriculture & Animal Sciences Program Preview Day Calmar Students
Mar. 10 NICC Hosting AEA Science Fair Calmar Students
Mar. 12 NICC Hosting AEA Science Fair Peosta Students
Mar. 14 Perry Outreach Program (Medicine and Engineering) (Register by Feb. 14) Mayo Clinic Rochester Students
Mar. 19 John Deere Tech Program Preview Day Calmar Students
Mar. 19 (FULL) Anamosa State Penitentiary Career Experience Anamosa Students
Mar. 26 BAC Masonry Open House Marshalltown 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 (snow date 4/2) Calmar Campus Students
Apr. 4 Skilled Trades Expo Dubuque Students & teachers
Apr. 8 NICC/UIU Career Exploration Fair  Fayette 7 & 8 graders
Apr. 15 Build My Future Skilled Trades Event Des Moines Students
Apr. 15 Gundersen Healthcare Careers Pathway Night La Crosse Students
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. 21 9th Grade Campus Experience Peosta 9th graders
Apr 23/24 High School Construction Expo - Portzen Construction Dubuque Students
April 23 NE Iowa STEM Festival - Decorah Area Luther College Students
April 21 9th Grade Campus Experience - NICC Peosta Campus Peosta 9th graders
April 23 Psychology/Counseling Career Experience - Luther College Decorah Students
April 30 Aviation Career Fair - University of Dubuque Dubuque Students
April 30 Construction Technology Program Preview Day Calmar & Peosta Students
May 5 Kuder Navigator Training AEA - Elkader Teacher/Counselors
May 1 Gundersen Exploratory Surgery Day La Crosse Students
May 6 Information Technology Program Preview Day Calmar & Peosta Students
TBD Culinary/Hospitaltiy event at Casino Queen Dubuque Students
TBD Bear Creek Archeology Experience Cresco Students
TBD Allamakee County Opportunity & Networking Fair Waukon Students
TBD UNI Syndavar Lab Experience UNI Students
TBD Adam's Pet Hospital Visit  Dubuque Students

Summer 2020

June 8, 9, 15 Summer Industry Teacher Tours w/AEA Northeast Iowa Teachers/Counselors
June 16 & 17 IVRS Students Summer Camp Calmar Students
June 23 & 24 KPEC (Keystone's Premier Education Conference Dubuque Teachers/Counselors
July 19-23 Business Horizons/Innovation Simulation (register by May 15) Pella 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