Financial Literacy Fair Volunteer Portal Now Open
Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) has begun preparations for the annual Financial Literacy Fairs. Area businesses and community members can sign up to volunteer for the annual WLC Financial Literacy Fair here
WLC’s Financial Literacy Fair is a unique opportunity for community volunteers to work with area middle school students.
“The only financial education I received in school was how to write a check,” says Cheryl Valenta, WLC event coordinator. “Fortunately, schools today are more engaged with helping students understand financial budgeting and discover their natural career path. Nearly 5,600 eighth-graders will learn how these two topics will determine their future. Workplace Learning Connection collaborates to bring this yearlong learning together in a fun virtual reality experience called Financial Literacy Fair. You’re invited to be part of this interactive budgeting process for one morning. Financial expertise isn’t required, just a desire to help young people. Over 500 volunteers are needed, so sign up
“How incredibly impressed I was with the mature decision-making I observed in these young people. While they might not have a perfect grasp on how everything works, they have a good handle on the door that will open many opportunities for them,” stated Pat Hoge, United Fire Group.
WLC will host nearly 5,600 eighth-grade students from Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn, and Washington counties. This year, fairs will be held April 15 in Iowa County, April 16 in Washington County, April 20 – 24 in Johnson County, and May 4 – 15 in Linn County.
Become a volunteer today at WLC. Volunteer now
Calling All Engineers!
February is National Engineering Month! It’s also a great time to connect with and inspire future engineers. There is a critical need in our region to support high-quality internship opportunities as student demand for work-based learning is outpacing current business support. WLC is currently working to develop new internship opportunities for summer 2020 in the area of engineering.
“Providing internships through Workplace Learning Connection has been a great experience. You get to introduce the future workforce to your company and industry. Every time you teach others, you have the opportunity to learn and build your own understanding,” indicated David Clark, P.E., West Plains Engineering.
How can you help? Advocate with your company or organization to support student internships and our shared workforce. Hosting a student intern is easy. Opportunity development and on-boarding for business hosts takes minimal time. Just inform WLC of your interest and we will take care of the rest!
Hosting regional students allows employers to get a firsthand glimpse of the future talent pool, showcase career opportunities, and connect with the talent that is essential for businesses to grow and thrive.
“WLC’s internship program is supported with regional businesses who host students for this career exploration course,” shares Laurie Worden, director of WLC. “Business and industry leaders can easily make those connections with their future workforce through our partnership programs with regional school districts. Visiting our website is a great first step.”
To get started, connect with WLC here.
WLC Staff Transitions
WLC’s Mariann Ryan transitions to a new role as business liaison in Linn County for the remainder of the 2019 – ’20 school year.
“I have enjoyed working with schools for the past six and a half years. I appreciate their efforts to collaborate with WLC to provide opportunities for their students. In my new role, I’m looking forward to learning something new and building relationships within the business community,” Mariann relayed.
Kate Ahlers will transition from WLC business liaison/project coordinator to school liaison for Cedar Rapids/Metro schools.
“I’m excited to take the skills, knowledge, and relationships I have formed as a business liaison/project coordinator and continue to serve our students and schools in my new role,” says Kate. “I believe strongly in the value of career exploration and work-based learning, and I’m looking forward to continuing WLC’s strong tradition of providing these to the students and schools in our communities.”
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)