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 Application
- Career Learning Link Brochure
- High School Partnerships/Career Coach Contact Map
- Career Planning Guide
- Career Learning Link Business Partnerships Form
- Request a Tour or Speaker (Educators)
|January 17||Construction Simulator & Const. Tour - North End||Calmar||Students|
|January 19||Construction Simulator & Construction Tour - South End||Peosta||Students|
|January 19||CLL UNI Synthetic Cadaver Tour||Cedar Falls||Students|
|January 24||Medical Assistant Open House with partner Medical Associates||Peosta Campus||Students|
|February 7||Blank Children's Hospital Career Day||Des Moines||Students|
|February 9||CLL University of Iowa Hygienic Lab Tour||Coralvillle||Students|
|February 21||Future Technologies Conference||TBA||Students|
|February 21||CLL NICC Cosmetology Visit Day||Calmar Campus||Students|
|March 14||Pre-Employment Strategies Instructor Best Practices Workshop||Elkader||Teachers|
|March 30||CLL Peosta Healthcare Options Day||Peosta Campus||Students|
|April 4||Calmar Career Pathway Day||Calmar Campus||Students|
|April 5||CLL Gundersen Healthcare Career Options Night||LaCrosse, WI||Students|
|April 11||Firearms Simulator/Law Enforcement Event||Dubuque||Students|
|April 12||NICC/UIU Career Exploration Day (formally Career Fair)||Upper Iowa University||Students|
|April 22||Dubuque STEM Festival||Dubuque||Student Leadership Opportunity|
|April 24||CLL Campus Visit Day- Register Online||Peosta or Calmar Campus||Students|
|May 24||Gundersen OB & NICU Career Day||LaCrosse, WI||Students|
|June 5-9; 12-16||CLL Pre-employment Strategies Credit Classes||Calmar & Manchester||Students|
|June 12||State of Iowa WBL & STEM Summit||Des Moines||Businesses, Teachers & Administrators|
|July 3-28||CLL Career Exploration Credit Classes||Calmar & Manchester||Students|
|Spring date TBD||Adams Pet Hospital Tour||Asbury||Students|
|Spring date TBD||CLL Etiquette Luncheon/NCRC Testing /PES Boot Camp||UIU||Students|
“The career exploration program has been an amazing experience. It’s been a vital part of deciding my college major and has motivated me to succeed in school. Without the program and Cassie, I’d still be very confused about my future. I am extremely excited to see where the program takes me.”
Melvin Monoz, CLL Participant
Postville High School
“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
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This workforce solution is partially funded by a $2,784,360 U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Youth CareerConnect Grant.