Navigating Your Journey

Navigating Your Journey

Start Charting Your Path Today

Looking for a different job? Need help with the costs of education and training? We can help you navigate your options and find the assistance you need to take the next steps in your career.

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Navigating Your Journey Workshop

Start Charting Your Path Today

The Navigating Your Journey Workshop offers truly in-depth career exploration. A facilitator will guide you through activities and conversations that support you in developing a personalized action plan to achieve your employment and career goals.

Register Yourself Online

Follow these instructions to sign up for an initial Navigating Your Journey workshop.


Contact Kelly at 319-784-1518 or to see if you qualify and to register for a Navigating Your Journey session.


Come See Us!


Cedar Rapids
Lower level of Lindale Mall
4444 1st Ave. NE #436
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Iowa City
1700 S 1st Ave. 11B
Iowa City, IA 52240

Career Assessment Tools

If you are not ready to commit to the Navigating Your Journey full-service option, we have some other ways to help you get started.
Knowing your interests is a great way to narrow your job search or help you identify what training you may want to pursue to qualify for the job you want.

Career Coach

Career Coach is an online survey tool that can help you identify your interests and how they align with job opportunities. Take either a quick six-question survey or a more detailed 60-question survey.

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Career One Stop

Career One Stop offers a three-pronged assessment to help you identify careers that align with your natural skills, interests, and work values.


Kirkwood Career Services

Kirkwood students can meet with a counselor after completing the self-exploration process and assessments available on the Kirkwood Career Services website. They will help to interpret the results of your assessments and ask you the important questions to help narrow down the list of occupations and careers.

Need Help With the Cost?

Kirkwood Community College offers tuition assistance for eligible individuals enrolled in 4-week courses up to 4-year degree programs. Kirkwood also offers tuition and support services for in-demand career fields. Explore these lists of our GAP Tuition Assistance Program and GAP 2 Tuition Assistance Program for credit and non-credit course examples.

Free Training Pathways for In-Demand Jobs

Don’t let money discourage you from getting training. Need-based funding is available for short-term certificate programs for jobs that are hiring.

Expanded Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available toward certificates and diplomas for college credit in the areas of: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology Certificate, Entry-Level Firefighter Certificate, Fire Science Certificate, CAD Certificate, Healthcare IT Technician, Desktop Customer Service Diploma,Tech Support Specialist Diploma, IT Basics, .NET Programming, Java Programming, Web Development, Web Design, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Project Management, Retail Marketing, Sales, Social Media Marketing, and Technical Accounting.



  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Must have a high degree of self-discipline, determination, and a desire to succeed

Don’t assume you don’t qualify. We will sit down with you to determine your eligibility.

Learn More

We would love to help you find financial assistance for your education and/or job training! Call 319-365-9474 ext. 31112, or email

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Industries Hiring Today!

  • Administrative Professional Certificate
  • Business Bookkeeping Computer Certificate
  • Customer Service Professional Certificate
  • Graphic Design Certificate
  • Web Designer Certificate

Do you enjoy working with computers? Are you a people person? Join a workforce that keeps organized records and provides great customer service.

  • Central Sterilization Service Technician
  • EKG Technician
  • Health Support Professional
  • Medical Office Professional Certificate 
  • Nurse Aide Training
  • Personal Support Professional
  • Phlebotomist Certification
  • Supervising in Healthcare Facilities

Do you like helping others? Consider providing medical care to others, or working in a medical office.

  • 90-Hour Food Service Certificate – online
  • Kirkwood Culinary KickStart Certificate

Do you like creating meals, food preparation, or restaurant management? Consider work as a chef, cook, or catering manager.

  • Backflow Prevention Certification
  • CNC Machinist Certificate
  • Combination Welding Certificate
  • Electrical Specialist Certificate
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer
  • Manufacturing Welding Certificate

Do you like working with your hands, enjoy solving problems, and value working independently?

  • Basic Training Water Treatment
  • Basic Wastewater Training 
  • Basic Water Distribution Training

Do you like to keep people safe, or understand complex chemical processes? Perhaps green industry careers like wastewater training are for you.

  • Class A CDL Professional Driving Certificate

Do you like driving and value your independence?

Iowa Has 55,000+ Job Openings. Which Will be Yours?

Iowa Workforce Development

  • File for unemployment.
  • File your weekly unemployment claim.
  • Help with your job search.
  • Explore jobs.

For these services, please contact or visit your local IowaWORKS Office.

Cedar Rapids
Lower level of Lindale Mall
4444 1st Ave. NE, Ste. 436
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-365-9474 ext. 31112

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Wednesday 9 a.m.)

Iowa City
1700 S 1st Ave., Ste. 11B
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: 319-365-9474 ext. 3112

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Wednesday 9 a.m.)