Learn. Work. Connect.
Groups of 10 to 25 students can tour an area business.
Learn first-hand the variety of careers available in your community by visiting a workplace environment. 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 professional in a specific career.
Speakers work with students in the classroom for 15 to 30 minutes sharing their career path and experience with a small group or an entire classroom. Speakers can share educational and experiential requirements for a particular career field.
To help students become comfortable speaking with local employers, mock interviews 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.
Job Shadows – Student requested
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. Connect @ Iowa Lakes will inform your school attendance office of the job shadow date, time, and place. Transportation is the student’s responsibility.
Internship – Student requested
Students gain work experience and find out if a career is right for them through the Connect @ Iowa Lakes 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.
Teacher Tours & Externships
Teachers spend a summer “on the job” in an area business that relates to their subject area. Prairie AEA and Connect @ Iowa Lakes work together to provide teachers with real world practices to take into their classrooms.
Participants are required to attend a two-hour orientation session and a three-hour debriefing session; internship length is 40 hours, and participants earn three graduate credits through Drake University or recertification credit.
The insights teachers gain from their experiences allow them to:
- Facilitate the use of real world examples as more teachers are utilizing contextual learning.
- Encourage communication between education and the workplace.
- Enhance a teacher’s understanding of all aspects of an industry.