Online Job Shadow Registration Closed for 2017-2018 School Year
Businesses Encouraged to Participate Next Year
Online registration for high school job shadowing closed at the end of September for the 2017-2018 school year. This year more than 2,800 area sophomores, juniors and seniors completed job shadows for a variety of occupations.
“The number of students engaging in these types of career exploration opportunities is growing. Our goal is continued growth,” said Laurie Worden, director of Workplace Learning Connection (WLC). “WLC programing supports both the Iowa Department of Education House File 2392
guidelines and the Future Ready Iowa
Businesses are encouraged to get engaged now to benefit their collective futures. Businesses should view shadowing opportunities as a way to influence their future workforce. WLC research among 3,100 students who participated in job shadows, revealed that 89 percent agreed that their experience increased awareness of area job opportunities.
Research also found that job shadows directly affect the economic health of our communities. Students surveyed revealed that 69 percent felt the experience impacted their decision to live and work in Iowa after training.
Interested in hosting a WLC job shadow student? Contact us
Students Experience Upcoming Manufacturing Event
October 16-20 brings advanced manufacturing career awareness to area middle and high school students through Advancing the Future –A Tour of Corridor Manufacturers
The annual industry-wide manufacturing initiative is an effort to change perceptions about manufacturing and showcases highly-skilled career opportunities. Area students will be exposed to high-tech manufacturing that occurs right here in the Corridor.
“Manufacturing today is not the manufacturing of the past,” said WLC Event Coordinator Cheryl Valenta. “There is so much more engineering involved in today’s manufacturing that requires a higher skillset. The demand for qualified employees is very high.”
Attendance for the 2017 event is expected to rise higher than ever with a 26 percent increase in participation. Nearly 1,200 students from 26 schools are scheduled to tour.
Students interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing should check out Elevate Iowa’s Training and Education Video
and the Self-Assessment and Training & Career Pathways
Area manufacturers wanting to partner with WLC to build talent pipelines can connect at WLC Partnership
. To join forces within the industry visit Iowa’s Creative Corridor
Online Registration for Internships Open through November
High school students can now apply for winter and spring internships online. Completed internship applications are due by Friday, Nov. 3, at 3:00 p.m. WLC is anticipating another record year for internship applications with business partnerships a critical part of this equation.
Area business partners, educators and WLC program coordinators are moving students through the process of career awareness and career exploration into career preparation, resulting in retention of talent in our communities. The networking and mentoring by business partners works.
Survey Results: 500 Interns
98% agreed – My internship experience provided valuable information regarding career interests.
92% agreed – My internship influenced my selection of a career field.
88% agreed – My internship increased my awareness of career opportunities in my community and Iowa.
68% agreed – My internship experience positively influenced my decision to live and work in Iowa.
33% indicated – I have been offered employment or additional volunteer opportunities by hosting site. 69% indicated – I have accepted the employment offers.
Intern Success Story
Jayse Horning, Washington County Park Ranger| Mid-Prairie High School Alumnus
“(After high school) I knew I wanted to do a job that involved being outdoors, but wasn’t 100 percent sure what that would be. I grew up hunting and fishing, so I decided to intern with the Washington County Conservation Board,” Horning shared.
Horning’s WLC internship was a launching pad to his career. Upon completing his WLC internship, he accepted a summer job offer from Washington County Conservation. After high school, he pursued an associate degree in Parks and Natural Resources from Kirkwood Community College. Kirkwood’s program included a college internship at Washington County Conservation. Horning took advantage of the opportunity to work at an Iowa state park to expand his knowledge and skills before moving on to Iowa State University to study animal ecology. During Horning’s junior year at Iowa State, a full-time position at Washington County Conservation opened up. Horning applied and received the job offer.
“There was a lot of competition for this position. My WLC internship was a foot in the door. Without it, and all the things that came about as a result of the internship, I would never have gotten this job,” said Horning.
Since accepting the full-time position over a year ago, Washington County Conservation sponsored Horning to attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I had no idea when I began this journey where it would take me. I thought I’d really want to go out west to a major national park or to Alaska,” Horning said. “But I love where I am. It’s really a dream job for me.”
Support from businesses is a critical part of these success stories. To be part of a student success story connect with WLC Internship coordinators
October Highlights High-Demand Careers
October highlights National Construction Week and National Manufacturing Day. Why the hype? Jobs in the skilled trades, Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) and advanced manufacturing are red hot.
So how are regional businesses and educators responding to industry demand? Through pipeline development. It begins with educating students early on, providing career exploration and information about the next steps after high school.
WLC’s programs provide a wide variety of career exploration opportunities such as manufacturing tours, skilled trade’s day including: construction, welding, architecture, engineering and machining.
The path for these careers goes beyond early education and career exploration. Corridor businesses are responding to the education and workforce needs through collaborative projects within industry sectors. Industry sector partnership promotes and improves the future of the industry by influencing workforce training. The ACE sector board’s newly launched Explore ACE
exemplifies such efforts. This site promotes ACE careers and provides the next steps to an exciting career. Check out this recent news story connecting the work of the ACE sector board to this unique website project
Is your student interested in ACE, skilled trades and advanced manufacturing? Check out this recent CBS2 news special report
highlighting the Corridor’s post-high school education options for these career pathways.
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)