Regional Businesses Support Future Workforce
Collaborating is the new competitive advantage! And it’s the reason why regional businesses are stepping up to support our shared future workforce through WLC services. Since January 2019, WLC has added 54 new businesses with 57 new volunteers.
“Workforce development takes partnerships. Our relationship with Workplace Learning Connection is a key relationship that ensures the next generation of talent is being exposed to and equipped with the right workplace experiences. A job shadow or internship through WLC directs students down pathways to being inspired and connected contributors to the future of our local economy.” –
Nick Glew, MEDCO
The 2018 – '
19 student surveys also reflect the impact of WLC and business collaboration. Here’s what WLC job shadow and internship students had to say:
said it influenced their selection of a career field
felt the experience increased their awareness of local career opportunities
said it positively influenced their decision to live and work in Iowa
agreed it helped them understand the value of networking
of WLC internship students indicated they were offered additional opportunities or employment by their business host post internship
As the 2018 – '
19 school year comes to a close, WLC is already preparing for the 2019 – '2
0 school year! Now is a great time for businesses to learn about the opportunities to engage. Get connected today!
WLC – Impact for 2018 – '19 School Year
Helping students to be better informed, better prepared, and better aligned for their future careers is the driving force behind WLC career exploration and work-based learning services.
During the 2018 – '19 school year, WLC provided over 27,000 student experiences through career exploration events, job shadows, and internships.
“This experience expanded my knowledge of school and job opportunities in the local area. The hands-on experience gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my future in the medical field.”
– Emily Oldman, West High School
“The job shadow helped me realize the wide range of things that are done by certain jobs all around the state. It showed me that some jobs have you working in places that you wouldn't expect to be working at.”
– Sean Nugent, Regina High School
“I found my job shadow to be very helpful. The employees there answered all of my questions and made my experience enjoyable. Going into the job shadow, I knew the overall basis of the career. Being there really helped me visualize what to expect when entering college and when entering the workforce.”
– Erica Wehde, Tipton High School
“I was pretty solid on what field I wanted to go into but hearing from professionals and learning a bit more from the inside, really helped me. Overall, I think its influenced my future choices and strengthened my drive to work in this field.”
– Katelyn Humiston, Vinton-Shellsburg High School
WLC Guiding the Narrative on Student Financial Literacy
WLC Financial Literacy Fairs are in full swing! Iowa, Washington, and Johnson County Financial Literacy Fairs have already wrapped up, serving over 2,100 students. The event serves to support two educational mandates: the requirement for eighth-grade students to explore an educational plan and for them to learn about financial literacy.
“WLC is trying to guide the narrative in regard to current and future opportunities in our changing economy as students start their exploration journey,” shares Laurie Worden, director of Workplace Learning Connection. “The Financial Literacy Fair experience allows our regional middle school students to see the correlation of career choice and preparation as it relates to future financial choices and financial health. It’s really one of the coolest events of the year that everyone loves being part of … real learning that helps guide short-term course selections and long-term, informed career decisions.”
Hundreds of business and community volunteers serve to guide students during the event with decisions on how to spend their virtual money on life expenses and investments, such as education, transportation, insurance, food, and “extras.” The virtual reality experience for students is both eye-opening and impactful.
“I felt that everything was real, and that I was actually planning my financial future! Everything was planned out well, and I think that there should be more fairs like this in the future. Thank you!”
– Eighth-grade student, Clear Creek Amana
“It was very eye opening to see how much money you have to spend, and how much you'll have to cut back on in the beginning. It made me realize that it's very important to keep track of how you use your money and what things to save.”
– Eighth-grade student, Mount Vernon Middle School
“Learning about how real life is different from the life I am living now, and how my choices now are impacting my future.”
– Eighth-grade student, North Central Junior High
“I think the best part about the Financial Literacy Fair was how realistic it was. It offered me a chance to understand what life might actually be like. It was really surprising to find out how much money I really did need to spend. I think it was interesting to find out what was realistic, and what seemed like a lot of money to begin with wasn't actually that much."
- 8th grade student, North West Junior High
Thank you to hundreds of WLC business partners and community volunteers who shared time and knowledge for these events. The experience is making a positive impact on our local students!
Volunteer opportunities for 2019 – '20 will soon be available! Click here to learn more.
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)