Partners & Volunteers

Partners & Volunteers

Partner with Us to Help Local Students Succeed

Workplace Learning Connection connects area professionals with middle and high school students who are interested in learning about area companies and the kinds of careers they offer.

With your partnership, students learn which courses, skill sets and educational paths they need to enter a specific career field, as well as how to apply those skills in the real world. 

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Ready to learn more? Set up a Lunch and Learn program at your workplace and find out everything you need to know about connecting today's students to your careers tomorrow.

Lead students on a tour of your facilities to show them the various career opportunities available across all aspects of your business.

Worksite tour options can be available for either high school or middle school students. 

Tips for hosting successful worksite tours

Job shadow students come into the workplace and spend part of a day, a minimum of two hours, learning as much as they can about what you do.

Students will observe and interact with you to see if this career is a good fit for them.The experiential learning helps them better understand available local careers, as well as make a connection between what they’re learning in high school and what will be required of them as employees.

Students are covered through their school's Worker's Compensation policy for school-to-work activities. 

Tips for Hosting a Job Shadow

Internships are one of the best ways to show young people the many career opportunities right here in the Corridor.

You'll work with students to give them a head start on their careers through hands-on academic career exploration. Internships are 45 to 90 hours of on-site learning for students starting the summer before their junior year through the spring term of their senior year.

Employers have the opportunity to meet and understand their future workforce and nurture the relationships necessary to fill critical positions with homegrown talent.

Talk with one of our WLC I-Team members who can provide all the information you'll need to host a job shadow or internship. 

Of student interns polled:

  • 89% said their awareness of local careers increased
  • 88% were influenced on their career selection
  • 68% were positively influenced to live and work in Iowa

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Internship Handbook

More Ways to Help

If you are in Human Resources, or in a position to hire people at your worksite, consider participating in our Mock Interview program for high school students. 

Participation in the Mock Interview program could include doing a class presentation on Business Etiquette and Interviewing Skills, and/or sitting down 1:1 with high school students to conduct an actual Mock Interview.

  • Mock Interviews are the culminating activity to the Business Etiquette program: a focus on preparing to enter the workforce with discussion on resumes, cover letters, applications, and interviews.
  • The actual Mock Interview allows teens to practice interviewing skills before the real thing. Check out some typical Mock Interview Questions to ask the student(s) during the 10-12 minute interview.

Share your career path and experience with a small group or an entire classroom, at the middle school or high school level.

Career speakers open students’ minds to opportunities they may never have considered, as well as inform them about educational and experiential requirements for your particular career field.

You’ll enhance your company’s reputation by positioning yourself high in the minds of local teachers, students, and parents, and you will have a positive influence on the link between education and employment.

Tips for Career Presentations | Tips for Interactive Presentations

The Financial Literacy Fair is the culmination of career exploration and personal financial management. In 8th grade students explore careers based on their skills and interests. They learn how to develop and maintain a budget, balance a checking account, and the importance of saving money.

Based on their chosen career, students will receive a sample monthly paycheck to use at the Financial Literacy Fair for living expenses in their budget. The Fair is a great complement to classroom learning through a virtual reality simulation, illustrating the importance of understanding wants vs. needs.

As a Fair volunteer, you will talk with students to help them decide how to spend their money on expenses like transportation, housing, insurance, food and “extras”.  Once the students have attended all booths and made their financial decisions, they meet with a financial counselor to discuss how they put their financial knowledge to work. Community volunteers are needed to staff the booths. A brief training is provided – no experience necessary.

Invest in the future of the workforce and the local community! Create a line item in your organization budget for a tax-exempt donation to Workplace Learning Connection.

Contact Laurie Worden at laurie.worden@kirkwood.edu or contact us at:



Meet Our Sponsors

Foundations & Non-Profits

  • Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
  • Benton County Community Foundation
  • United Way of East Central Iowa

Boards of Supervisors 

  • Benton County Board of Supervisors
  • Cedar County Economic Development Commission
  • Iowa County Board of Supervisors 
  • Johnson County Community Block Grant 
  • Linn County Board of Supervisors 
  • Washington County Board of Supervisors 

Employer Contributions

  • Iowa City Press Citizen 
  • Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation
  • Zephyr Printing

Individuals

  • John and Carmen Wasta 
  • Lisa Folken

EEO Statement

Workplace Learning Connection programs and services provide equal opportunity to all persons regardless of sex, race, age, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

WLC assists regional districts in fulfilling their non-delegable duty to provide an educational environment free of unlawful discrimination and the appropriate supports for all learners.


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)