Financial Literacy Fair Volunteer Portal Open
WLC’s Financial Literacy Fair is a unique opportunity for community volunteers to work with area middle school students.
“The comment we hear most from Financial Literacy Fair volunteers is, ‘I wish I had this experience when I was in school,’” says Cheryl Valenta, WLC event coordinator. “Fortunately schools today are more engaged with helping students discover their natural career path, understand financial budgeting, and how the two together will determine their future. Middle schools are now teaching eighth graders about these important topics. WLC pulls this year-long learning together in a fun virtual reality experience known as the Financial Literacy Fair. You’re invited to be part of this interactive budgeting process for one morning. Financial expertise is not required, just a desire to help young people. Over 500 community volunteers are needed so sign up
WLC will host nearly 5,400 eighth grade students from Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn, and Washington counties. This year the fairs will be held April 16 in Iowa County, April 17 in Washington County, April 22-26 in Johnson County, and May 6-17 in Linn County.
Become a volunteer today at WLC’s Volunteer Now
Fall 2019 Internship Application Portal Now Open
WLC’s fall 2019 Internship Application portal is NOW OPEN for current high school sophomores and juniors. Completed internship applications are due by Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m.
Looking for opportunities for your organization to develop relationships with regional youth? Is your company making the local future workforce aware of your organization’s career opportunities?
Workplace Learning Connection’s internship program can help area business and industries grow those relationships!
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Iowa Ideas Launches Scholarship Program for 2019 Event
Iowa Ideas recently announced its return to downtown Cedar Rapids in 2019 and the launch of a NEW Scholarship Program for the event.
“We frequently hear that conversations looking at the state’s future would be better if future generations were in the room,” said Gazette Executive Editor Zack Kucharski. “We’re trying to do everything we can to make that happen. The experience will be filled with a lot of opportunities to interact with state and thought leaders, and I’d encourage students to apply and take part.”
Iowa Ideas sponsors will offer a limited number of scholarships for students of K-12 and higher education. Tickets to the fall conference event and details on the Iowa Ideas Scholarship Program are now available at www.iowaideas.com
ICR Future Coalition Hosts Teacher Career Fair
The ICR Future Coalition recently hosted the first Teacher Career Fair on Monday, Feb. 18. The event brought together industry and educators for a conversation around work-based learning experiences, essential skills, and how to collaboratively support students on their career trajectory.
Check out some of the great impact participants shared!
“This event was a great opportunity to align the classroom with the real world. Helping teachers understand the industry application of their curriculum can help them enrich their classrooms by helping students understand the big picture of what they're learning.” –Hannah Neuenschwander, Bayer Crop Science
“The Benton County Teacher Fair was a great event to participate in. Teachers and employers from around the region discussed skills gaps in the workforce and what future employment opportunities look like for our next generation of workers. This type of partnering is beneficial in many ways especially as we consider the shrinking workforce made up of multiple generations and as employers are looking for creative ways to fill jobs. –Lori Kramer, Diamond V
“I was very pleased with the panel discussions that I had the opportunity to sit in on. It was great to hear from employers and get their feedback on what they are looking for in future employees and what skills are lacking and need to be improved for the younger generation prior to entering the workforce. The notes that I took that day are going to be shared throughout the rest of the school year when students need a reminder on making decisions, what those decisions would look like, and how they would be viewed in the workforce. –Benton Community Educator
“I started talking with my students about what employers are looking for today. We talked about soft skills and how to improve them. I am going to spend the first five to seven minutes at the start of each class with an activity that relates to yesterday’s professional development. Hats off to all involved. The BEST professional development I have had in a long time.” –Belle Plaine Educator
Iowa Intermediary Network 2018 Report Released
Iowa’s Intermediary Network (IIN) recently released the 2018 Fiscal Year Report
highlighting the growth of work-based learning generated through the IIN members across the state. Each of Iowa’s community colleges houses a K-12 intermediary delivering high-quality career connected learning services. Exposing students to the continuum of career awareness, career exploration and work-based learning gives them a competitive advantage as they develop their individual career, academic plans, and career pathways.
Workplace Learning Connection and other members of IIN prepare students for the workforce by connecting business and the education system offering relevant, work-based learning activities to students and teachers throughout Iowa.
“The Iowa Intermediary Network members deliver essential work-based learning services to Iowa’s K-12 students and educators. As our economy continues to rapidly evolve, high-quality work-based learning experiences will become even more important factors in our student’s career pathway plan. When our young people are better informed and better prepared for their post-secondary options, they benefit, our communities benefit, and our Iowa economy as a whole benefits. The connection work of our Iowa Intermediary Network members gives Iowans a competitive advantage!” Laurie Worden, director Workplace Learning Connection
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1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
319-398-1040 | 319-398-1041 (fax)
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2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, Iowa 52241
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