Middle School Events
Interactive Speaker Day
How many times has a student said, “When am I going to use this?” Classroom speakers can be a great supplement for bringing the world of work into the classroom. Interactive options include:
Tools of the Trade: Whether it’s a computer, a whisk or a scalpel, everyone has to learn to use a tool to perform their job better. This event has a “show and tell” quality to it as students get to look, and sometime touch, the tools that are used in a variety of careers.
Products and Processes: How do widgets get made? What processes must be in place for a company to produce something? Professionals will demonstrate a product or a process used within their company and talk about ALL the careers and skills needed to make it happen!
These events have a “show and tell” quality so that the students can look, and where possible, touch and experience what is shown. Emphasis is on both the physical tools and academic tools needed to perform the job.
Take a trip into area businesses to see how varied work environments can be. Learn that not all jobs happen behind a desk or at a computer. Work site tours are a favorite with middle school students – from the exploratory approach of large groups visiting sites to more specific with small groups of students who have already chosen their career pathway. Both benefit students who can appreciate the variety of choices in their own community. Students have the opportunity to see first hand what the world of work is like instead of just imagining.
Target Your Future
Students from rural Iowa explore careers in a hands-on, interactive program at Kirkwood Community College with instructors in available departments. They not only learn about careers, but also the education needed to pursue such a career. This event is aimed at opening the eyes of students to opportunities they may not have considered or even seen in their own community but are available in the Corridor.
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 this exploration 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 and 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 Destiny. 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.
Financial Literacy Fair volunteer forms:
• Johnson County
• Washington County
• Iowa County
• Linn County
High School Events
During a a Career Day area business people speak about their career path and experiences to a group of students. Students can select which seminar to attend based on their interests. Career Days range from half an hour to half a day.
Career Fairs are broader than Career Days. Area professionals setup booths in a county-centralized location, with the students selecting which booths to visit, depending on their interests. This type of event encourages students to work on communication skills by interacting with a business person in small groups or one on one.
Speakers for Career Education Classes
Business people share their career path and experience with a small group or an entire classroom. Speakers can open students to opportunities they may never have considered and inform them about educational and experiential requirements for a particular career field.
The culminating activity to our Business Etiquette program: a focus on preparing to enter the workforce with discussion on resumes, cover letters, applications and interviewing. Whether you're trying to get a part-time job or getting ready for college interviews, the mock interview process will allow you to practice your interviewing skills before the real thing. Contact your School Liaison for the link to the on-line Mock Interview application.
Worksite Tours for Kirkwood Academy
and Career Education-focused Classes
Available for Kirkwood Academy classes or high school Careers classes.
Students tour a job site and learn about a career as a group. Show them the various career opportunities available in a particular field and all aspects of a business. Students can see a typical day on the job, where different people work and what they do. The host business can answer questions about what they look for in a potential employee and what training is required to get started and to continue to develop professionally in a specific career.
Job Shadows - student requested
High school students (grades 10-12) can meet with business people to learn more about local careers. Job shadows last from two to six hours. It's an excused absence from school. Workplace Learning Connection will inform your school attendance office of the job shadow date, time and place. Transportation is the student's responsibility.
Internships - student requested
Students gain work experience and find out if a career is right for them through the Workplace Learning Connection's internship program. High school juniors and seniors can get 45-90 hours of planned and supervised career experiences. Interns learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting, develop employability behaviors that better prepare them for the workplace and gain insight that will help them make more informed career choices.