WLC Fall 2018 Internship Application Portal Now Open!
Our Internship Application Portal for Fall 2018 is open until Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Learn more
WLC’s internship program sees continued growth in 2018. Internships in high demand pathways include IT, engineering and health-related careers. We are looking for businesses interested in hosting area high school intern students in these high demand career fields. For more information, contact:
Johnson, Iowa and Washington counties
Benton, Cedar and Jones counties
Spring 2018 Financial Literacy Fair
WLC is looking for volunteers for the annual WLC Financial Literacy Fair. If you are an interested businesses or community member, please sign up here
The Financial Literacy Fair is a unique opportunity to work with area middle school students. This event combines career exploration and financial study. Students learn about basic financial decisions needed in life and connect this information with their desired occupation and related income, all captured on a monthly budget sheet. Volunteers guide students with decisions on how to spend their virtual money on life expenses such as education, transportation, housing, insurance, food and “extras.”
In spring 2017, WLC hosted 5,313 8th grade students, a 9 percent growth from 2016, and the event is expected to grow again for spring 2018. WLC will host eighth-grade students from Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn and Washington counties.
Here’s when this year’s fairs will be held:
April 17 in Iowa County
April 18 in Washington County
April 23-27 in Johnson County
May 7-18 in Linn County
Become a volunteer today at WLC Volunteer Now
Corridor Development Take Pathways Initiatives Next Steps
Numerous organizations throughout the region are having an amazing impact in the area of Career Connected Learning. Partners include Kirkwood (through their Industry Sector Boards, Career Academies and Workplace Learning Connection), Economic Development Partners, the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hygienic Lab, Iowa BIG, MEDCO, STEM Innovator, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, iJAG, the Southeast Iowa STEM Region, Iowa Workforce Development, the Iowa Department of Education and NewBoCo.
On February 21, Corridor Development began working with a new coalition of these organizations, created to inform the system on the critical career needs of regional employers, to support career development practices within the schools and to scale initiatives to support the seven-county region. As the group begins to work together, they are discovering great power in collaborating and linking assets to benefit students. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kate Moreland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faces of WLC
Meet WLC staff member Tris Langdon, WLC school liaison for rural Linn, Cedar and Jones county schools and the Kirkwood Jones Regional Center. She is also a business liaison for Jones County.
"I'm passionate about helping students understand that it is never too early to start thinking about their future and a possible career of interest,” Tris says. “There are many options available to them: four-year colleges, community colleges offering two-year degrees or a certificate, and apprenticeship programs just to name a few.”
some of the great work Tris has been doing recently.
Tris uses her strengths - developer, arranger and positivity - to create change. “I hope to make a difference in our students’ lives and our future workforce.”
Outside of WLC, Tris lives near Anamosa with her husband, Bill, and has two amazing daughters: Bri and Ailee. Tris is actively involved in her as a member of the Monticello Chamber of Commerce board, The Junior Achievement. She also participates in The Great Jones County Fair.
WLC and Cedar Rapids iJAG Team Up
WLC and Cedar Rapids iJAG teamed up once again for school year 2017-2018, bringing a variety of career exploration experiences to local iJAG students. This year’s collaborative efforts included mock interviews and work-site tours for Cedar Rapids Washington High School students and, for the first time, mock interviews at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School.
“Working with WLC has been impactful for my students. Learning the interview process has helped students learn about themselves.” shares Ashton Northern, 9/10 Jefferson HS iJAG Teacher
“It really boosted my confidence and made me feel like I can get the job of my dreams.” ~Hunter R.
“I learned a lot (about) what an actual interview would be like. Also, what I would do for my next actual interview.” ~Makayla P.
To learn more about iJAG, check out their website.
Planning for Your Future Event
On Tuesday, March 6 WLC co-hosted “Planning for Your Future” at Marion High School. Nearly 200 Linn County high school students attended to learn more about their post-secondary education and career options. This year’s event featured a new format to the evening. The event provided students and parents opportunities to hear directly from career professionals during panel discussions about specific things students should be doing now and after high school.
Some additional topics offered were scholarship opportunities, senior year checklist, important things you’ll never learn in school, career decision-making resources, resume writing, interviewing tips and navigating the last years of high school.
Student and parents wrapped up the evening visiting with representatives from various colleges, military and apprenticeship programs, as well as MEDCO’S Community Promise and Workplace Learning Connection.
“Terrific evening for students, a very solid fundamental step in the process of finding purpose and direction related to the next few years.” Greg Semler, Marion High School principal.
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)