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.

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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
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.


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Contact Us

Gena Gesing
Director of Career and Intermediary Programs
800.728.2256, ext. 452

Julie Anderson
Coordinator of Career and Intermediary Programs
800.728.2256, ext. 368