Host a Job Shadow
Job shadow students come into the workplace and spend part of a day, a minimum of two hours learning as much as they can about what you do. Students will observe and interact with you to see if this career is a good fit for them. This experiential learning helps them better understand available local careers, as well as make a connection between what they’re learning in high school and what will be required of them as employees. Students are covered through their school's Worker's Compensation policy for school-to-work activities.
See Iowa Code Chapter 85.2 as amended by Senate File 361
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Host an Internship
One of the best ways to show young people that there are many career opportunities right here in the Corridor is to host an internship: 86 percent of Workplace Learning Connection student interns said their experiences increased their awareness of local careers! You'll work with students to give them a head start on their careers through hands-on academic career exploration. Internships are 45 to 90 hours of on-site learning for students starting the summer before their junior year through the spring term of their senior year. In turn, employers have the opportunity to meet and understand their future workforce, and nurture the relationships necessary to fill critical positions with homegrown talent.
Give a Worksite Tour
Lead students on a tour of your facilities to show them the various career opportunities available across all aspects of your business. Click here for suggestions for a successful Worksite Tour.
Volunteer at a Financial Literacy Fair
The Financial Literacy Fair is the culmination of a year's worth of financial study and career exploration for area middle school students. During the year, students will learn how to keep a check registry, how to make a budget and the importance of saving money. They will also explore careers based on their skills and interests. From there, they will choose a career and receive a monthly paycheck for that career to use at the Financial Literacy Fair.
During the Financial Literacy Fair students will make a series of decisions about how to spend their money. Transportation, Housing, Insurance, Food are just a few of the booths they will visit. Just like in real life, students will experience unexpected bills or windfalls at the Wheel of Reality. At the end of the fair they will meet with a financial counselor to see how they put their financial knowledge to work at the fair.
Check out our News page to find out which Financial Literacy Fair you want to volunteer for.
Be a Classroom Career Speaker
Share your career path and experience with a small group or an entire classroom. Career speakers open students’ minds to opportunities they may never have considered, as well as inform them about educational and experiential requirements for your particular career field. You’ll enhance your company’s reputation by positioning yourself high in the minds of local teachers, students and parents, and you will have a positive influence on the link between education and employment.
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