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Educator Resources

Give Students the Tools They Need

We can help you develop career preparation and exploration programs that really make an impact!

Workplace Learning offers age appropriate initiatives to help middle and high school students make the connection between what they learn in school and how they can use the lessons in future career paths, all while helping them stay focused and encouraged to do their best. 

As students progress and follow a clearly-defined educational path toward a career, they can get hands-on experience through job shadow and
internship oppportunities to help them make more informed career decisions.

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Check out WLC’s library of recorded local professionals talking about
their careers, industry, and career path. Explore various local careers
through these virtual presentations.

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Chris Schwarz, National Advanced Driving Simulator speaking

Virtual Planning For Your Future In High School Guide

Discover, Explore, and Connect! This guide is full of valuable information, resource links, tools, and advice right at your fingertips!

 

*Note: You must view in PowerPoint slideshow mode for links to work

Here are resources to take the Financial Literacy Fair Challenge and complete the budget sheet. The goal: stay positive!

Financial Literacy Fair Budget Sheet 2020: PDF | Word

Financial Literacy Fair Challenge: PowerPoint | PDF

Financial Literacy Fair Tax Calculation Worksheet: PDF

Note: you must view the Challenge in PowerPoint slideshow mode for Wheel of Reality tool to function.

EVERFI empowers educators to bring real-world learning into both the virtual and in-person classroom! Thanks to their sponsors, EVERFI's online resources are available to schools in Iowa at no cost!

EVERFI's programs are aligned to the Iowa CORE and feature self-graded, pre- and post-assessments. Their K-12 resources are available in critical topics such as career and college readiness, financial education, health and wellness, STEM, and cultural literacy.

Want access to EVERFI's online programs? Complete this quick Google Form.

Middle School Events

How many times has a student said, “When am I going to use this?” Classroom speakers can be a great supplement for bringing the world of work into the classroom. Interactive options include:

Tools of the Trade: Whether it’s a computer, a whisk or a scalpel, everyone has to learn to use a tool to perform their job better. This event has a “show and tell” quality to it as students get to look, and sometime touch, the tools that are used in a variety of careers.

Products and Processes: How do widgets get made? What processes must be in place for a company to produce something? Professionals will demonstrate a product or a process used within their company and talk about ALL the careers and skills needed to make it happen!

These events have a “show and tell” quality so that the students can look, and where possible, touch and experience what is shown. Emphasis is on both the physical tools and academic tools needed to perform the job.

Take a trip into area businesses to see how varied work environments can be. Learn that not all jobs happen behind a desk or at a computer. Work site tours are a favorite with middle school students – from the exploratory approach of large groups visiting sites to more specific with small groups of students who have already chosen their career pathway.

Both benefit students who can appreciate the variety of choices in their own community. Students have the opportunity to experience the world of work first hand.

Students from rural Iowa explore careers in a hands-on, interactive program at Kirkwood Community College with instructors in available departments.

Students don't just learn about careers, but also the education needed to pursue such a career. This event is aimed at opening the eyes of students to opportunities they may not have considered or even seen in their own community but are available in the Corridor.

The Financial Literacy Fair is the culmination of a year's worth of financial study and career exploration for area middle school students.

During the year students will learn how to keep a check registry, how to make a budget and the importance of saving money. They will also explore careers based on their skills and interests. From this exploration they will choose a career and receive a monthly paycheck for that career to use at the Financial Literacy Fair.

During the Financial Literacy Fair students will make a series of decisions about how to spend their money. Transportation, Housing, Insurance and Food are just a few of the booths they will visit.

Just like in real life students will experience unexpected bills or windfalls at the Wheel of Destiny. At the end of the fair they will meet with a financial counselor to see how they put their financial knowledge to work at the fair.

Financial Literacy Fair volunteer forms:

  • Johnson County
  • Washington County
  • Iowa County
  • Linn County

The STEM Institute can help students explore everything that can be done in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

High School Events

During a Career Day, area business people speak about their career path and experiences to a group of students. Students can select which seminar to attend based on their interests. Career Days range from half an hour to half a day.

Career Fairs are broader than Career Days. Area professionals setup booths in a county-centralized location, with the students selecting which booths to visit, depending on their interests. This type of event encourages students to work on communication skills by interacting with a business person in small groups or one on one.

Business people share their career path and experience with a small group or an entire classroom. Speakers can open students to opportunities they may never have considered and inform them about educational and experiential requirements for a particular career field.

The culminating activity to our Business Etiquette program: a focus on preparing to enter the workforce with discussion on resumes, cover letters, applications and interviewing.

Whether you're trying to get a part-time job or getting ready for college interviews, the mock interview process will allow you to practice your interviewing skills before the real thing. Contact your School Liaison for the link to the on-line Mock Interview application.

Students tour a job site and learn about a career as a group. Show them the various career opportunities available in a particular field and all aspects of a business.

Students can see a typical day on the job, where different people work and what they do. The host business can answer questions about what they look for in a potential employee and what training is required to get started and to continue to develop professionally in a specific career.

High school students (grades 10-12) can meet with business people to learn more about local careers. Job shadows last from two to six hours. It's an excused absence from school. Workplace Learning Connection will inform your school attendance office of the job shadow date, time and place. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

Students gain work experience and find out if a career is right for them through the Workplace Learning Connection's internship program. High school juniors and seniors can get 45-90 hours of planned and supervised career experiences. Interns learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting, develop employability behaviors that better prepare them for the workplace and gain insight that will help them make more informed career choices.

Connecting with WLC

To request a WLC program for your school, contact your school's designated career education staff member, your guidance department, or connect with your county's school liaison:

WPLC County Liaisons
Benton  Cedar Iowa  Johnson 
Jones Linn - Metro Linn - Rural Washington

 

What you'll get:

  • Regular communication with your school liaison regarding the on-going progress of your event.
  • Final confirmation at least a week before the event, including contact information for the speaker/tour host

What we need from you:

  • Review the Teacher Expectations document and the Student Expectations document
  • Prepare students for listening and learning with Discussion Tools
  • Make sure students have questions prepared for the speaker and check out our generic suggested questions.
  • Make sure your school is prepared for the event - rooms available with needed AV or other equipment as well as all school personnel aware and welcoming of guests in the building that day.
  • Complete an evaluation with your students after the event. This helps us keep track of program quality.
  • Send a thank you letter to the business host after the event.

Event scheduling deadlines:

  • Fall/1st Semester Events: June 1
  • Spring/2nd Semester Events: November 1

Workplace Learning Connection

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)