ICR Future Launches New Website
ICR Future Coalition recently announced the launch of the ICR Future Career Hub
. The hub was developed to be a resource for students, parents, educators, and businesses to provide information on career pathways, critical careers in our region, and all of the regional resources in the area of career connected learning.
“The launch of the ICR Future Career HUB will be an excellent resource for middle and high school students, as well as their parents and others, as they explore and learn about the different career pathways that may align with their strengths, talents, and interests,” said Kristy Black, dean of Regional County Centers at Kirkwood. “The HUB also provides information on high demand careers in our region as well as work-based learning opportunities that will help students make informed decisions about their career plans.”
The new website is a project of the ICR Future Coalition, a group of 70+ educators, employers, and non-profit professionals working together to develop the future workforce for Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR).
“Our region is uniquely positioned to develop a talented future ready workforce which affords our K-12 students a competitive advantage,” said Laurie Worden, director of Workplace Learning Connection.” ICRFuture.org is an excellent resource for all our regional stakeholders and shines as an example of effective collaboration and shared responsibilities within the regional goal of offering world class career connected learning.”
To learn more about ICR Future or join the coalition please, contact Kate Moreland at email@example.com
Summer 2019 Internship Portal Open
WLC’s summer 2019 Internship Application portal
is NOW OPEN for current high school sophomores and juniors. Completed internship applications are due by Friday, February 8, 2019, at 3 p.m.
Looking for opportunities for your organization to develop relationships with regional youth? Is your company making the local future workforce aware of your organization’s career opportunities?
Workplace Learning Connection’s internship program can help area business and industries grow those relationships!
Start building your future workforce today!
STEM Institute Expanding Participation & STEM Career Awareness
Over 3,000 seventh-grade students from Linn and Benton counties experienced the wonder of STEM careers during the second annual WLC Linn County STEM Institute held Dec. 17 – 20, at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha.
The STEM Institute highlighted critical STEM careers including engineering, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology (IT).
“STEM careers are critical careers in high demand in our region. Students have the opportunity to learn about critical STEM careers from our local and regional business partners,” says Laurie Worden, director of Workplace Learning Connection.
After a successful 2017 inaugural launch, the 2018 Linn County STEM was expanded increasing area middle school and business participation. WLC extended the event to four days, added 14 new business participants, and hosted 11 new middle schools, adding over 600 students from the previous year. The 2018 Linn County STEM Institute provided this year’s seventh grade students with over 12,000 unique STEM experiences.
To find more STEM-related experiences for your student, check out Southeast Iowa STEM
Is your businesses interested in supporting STEM-based learning? Connect with us.
Where Are They Now
Meet former WLC intern and Prairie high school alumna Kinzie Farmer. Kinzie is currently in her final semester at Gonzaga University and recently accepted a position in Marketing at Rohinni LLC in northwestern Idaho.
WLC recently visited with Kinzie about her journey from high school student and WLC intern to college senior and marketing position at Rohinni.
Describe your career and education path since graduating from high school.
After graduating from Prairie, I attended Gonzaga University. During my time at Gonzaga, I completed several more internships including a research assistant at Washington State University, two summer internships with Van Meter, and a marketing/communications internship at Gonzaga. I am currently working in Marketing for a technology company, Rohinni LLC.
How did your WLC internship assist you in your career and education path?
I completed two WLC internships during high school. One internship with a large company and one with a non-profit. The experiences helped me determine the type of work environment I wanted in the future. In both experiences, I learned a lot about professionalism and 21st century skills. I had to dress professionally and learn how to conduct myself in the workplace. Those experiences made it easy to transition into all my other internships and work experiences and was a huge confidence boost for me.
What advice would you give today’s high school students?
I was surprised when I came to Gonzaga that a majority of my classmates had no internship experience! I was used to a culture at Prairie and in our community that encouraged this. It really opened my eyes to how lucky we are to have WLC, our schools and businesses providing these opportunities. Take advantage of it! Its great experience, helps you find your path, and helps you build confidence. And ask as many questions as possible.
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Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
319-398-1040 | 319-398-1041 (fax)
Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, Iowa 52241
319-887-3970 | 319-358-3102 (fax)