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)
|March 9||Adams Pet Hospital Experience||Dubuque||Students|
|March 14||Pre-Employment Strategies Instructor Best Practices Workshop||Elkader||Teachers|
|March 16||Gundersen Job Shadow Day||LaCrosse, WI||Students|
|March 30||CLL Peosta Healthcare Options Day||Peosta Campus||Students|
|March 30||Clayton County Career Fair||Johnson's in Elkader||Students & Businesses|
|April 4||Calmar Career Pathway Day||Calmar Campus||Students|
|April 5||CLL Gundersen Healthcare Career Options Night||LaCrosse, WI||Students|
|April 6||High School Science Day w/ DuPont Pioneer||Johnston, IA||Students|
|April 11||Firearms Simulator/Law Enforcement Event||Dubuque||Students|
|April 12||NICC/UIU Career Exploration Day (formerly Career Fair)||Upper Iowa University||Students|
|April 19||CEO Luncheon||Calmar Campus||Businesses|
|April 22||Dubuque STEM Festival||Dubuque||Student Leadership Opportunity|
|April 25||CLL Campus Visit Day- Register Online||Calmar Campus||Students|
|April 26||CLL Campus Visit Day - Register Online||Peosta||Students|
|April 27-28||Construction Expo at Portzen Construction||Dubuque||Students|
|May 24||Gundersen OB & NICU Career Day||LaCrosse, WI||Students|
|June||Summer Coop Option (1 Credit) 64 hrs of Internship||District-wide||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|
|June 22-23||Pre-Vet Camp||University of WI - Platteville||Students|
|July 3-28||CLL Career Exploration Credit Classes||Calmar & Manchester||Students|
|November 16||High School Science Day w/ DuPont Pioneer||Johnston, IA||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.