Financial Literacy Fair
Making an Impact
WLC’s spring 2018 Financial Literacy Fairs are in full swing! Iowa, Washington and Johnson County Financial Literacy Fairs have already wrapped up serving over 2,200 students. Thank you to hundreds of WLC business partners and community volunteers who share their time and knowledge for these events. The experience is making a positive impact on our local students!
“My favorite thing about the Financial Literacy Fair was finding out about the little things you pay for like work attire, different types of insurance, meal plans, and health care. It also helped me realize how easy it is to be in debt and how you have to be extremely careful how you spend your money.” –Student, Northwest Junior High
“I feel like the best part of the Financial Literacy Fair was getting to see what I would spend my money on. I was able to put myself in the shoes of who I am now, and who I want to be in the future. This was good for me to see what I would budget for each month, and it was good to know that I was somewhat conservative. Overall, I am very excited for my future and to see what I can do.” –Student, West Branch Middle School
“The Financial Literacy Fair showed me how my salary actually doesn't fully end up with me. It goes to taxes, housing, student loan payments and many other things. It helped me start to think about my future more.” –Student, Northwest Junior High
WLC’s 2018 Financial Literacy Fairs are scheduled in Linn County May 7-11 and May 14-18, serving another 3,000 eighth-grade students on their path to financial literacy. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Click here
ICR Future Coalitions
WLC’s work within the ICR coalition continues as ICR Future moves forward on innovative methods, projects and initiatives that support the expansion of career exploration, work-based learning, soft-skills development and computer science skills.
The three ICR Future coalition teams are working on processes to gather feedback from students in the region on career-connected learning, gathering insight on how to share a new career exploration tool for architecture, construction and engineering (ACE Portal
) with area students. They are also focused on the development of an educator career fair to be piloted in Benton County
WLC Director Laurie Worden, is leading a coalition sub-committee to build a model for educator work-based learning. The pilot event scheduled for February 2019 will feature pathway career panels and dialog around emerging careers and soft-skill development. Educators from Benton County will experience first-hand knowledge of high-demand careers, how to prepare students and share the innovation happening in their classrooms.
If you are interested in joining ICR Future or would like more details, please contact Kate Moreland at Kmoreland@icriowa.org
Faces of WLC
Meet WLC staff member Sue Neil, WLC Program Specialist and Business Liaison in Linn County. Sue works with business partners to provide area students with career exploration opportunities including job shadows and work-site tours, and to provide career and STEM speakers for the Health Sciences and Family and Human Services pathways. Sue also arranges the annual Health Care Expo for high school students who are in the Kirkwood's Patient Care Academy, Pharmacy Tech, EMT, Dental and Pre-Professional Health Careers Academy.
In November, Sue will celebrate 18 years with WLC!
“I've worked at WLC almost since the beginning. I’m passionate about helping students find their dream job! With new and emerging careers I enjoy bringing awareness of career opportunities to students and also helping our business partners share the necessary skills needed for these jobs,” said Sue.
Sue loves helping students who may be confused about their future career by arranging an opportunity that helps them in the decision-making process.
According to Sue, “The end goal here is to excite students about career opportunities in our corridor and give them a path to take to reach that goal.”
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)