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The following Iowa organizations have partnered with ICAN to support students through the KnowHow2GOIowa campaign.

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission has more than 40 years of experience connecting students and families with the essential information and services to make college possible. The Commission is a state agency that advocates for Iowa students and administers scholarships, grants, loans, and related programs to help students finance education expenses at the colleges and universities of their choice.

Contact: Information Service Center
Telephone: (877) 272-4456

Iowa Department of Education

The Iowa Department of Education is a champion of excellence in education through superior leadership and service committed to high levels of learning, achievement and performance for all students, so they will become successful members of their community and the workforce.

Contact: Elaine Watkins-Miller
Telephone: (515) 281-5651

ACT®, Inc.

ACT is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides more than 100 assessment, research, information and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses and government agencies, nationally and internationally. ACT has offices across the United States and throughout the world. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose: helping people achieve education and workplace success.

Contact: James Hemsley – Associate Consultant
Telephone: (319) 341-2569

AEA 267

Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 provides educational leadership, services and support to positively impact children, families and educators within the local schools it serves. AEA 267's vision is leadership in learning. AEA 267's values are integrity, competence, quality, commitment, respect and collaboration. Education Consulting is provided to 61 public school districts in the 267 areas.

Contact: Lorna Kennedy – Career & Technical Education Consultant
Telephone: (800) 735-1539, ext 2478

Ashford University

The mission of Ashford University is to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives, professions and communities. Ashford University is a four-year liberal arts university offering 25 baccalaureate and four master degree and degree completion programs in on-campus, accelerated campus and accelerated online modalities.

Contact: Dr. Hope A. Gardina – Vice President of Academic Affairs
Telephone: (563) 242-4257 x1295

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a professional mentoring organization passionately committed to enhancing children's lives through life-changing relationships that impact children and communities. Throughout its history, Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission has remained steadfast – to help boys and girls achieve their full potential through one-to-one mentoring relationships with carefully screened and caring adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, best known and probably the most sophisticated mentoring program in the United States.

Contact: Linda Henecke – President
Telephone: (319) 377-8993

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton helps children reach their highest potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton offers a community-based mentoring program for children ages 5-14 in Clinton, Camanche and Fulton and a school based mentoring program for students in Camanche Elementary and Camanche Middle schools.

Contact: Apryl Reeser, Executive Director
Telephone: (563) 243-4223

Burlington Public Library

The Burlington Public Library is committed to creating opportunities for people of all ages to connect with others, to learn about the world around them and to imagine the futures before them. The library provides information and entertainment resources in a variety of formats and offers computer stations with Internet and word processing capabilities. Library staff is available to answer questions. The library is a great place to explore college, financial aid and career information.

Contact: Rhonda Frevert – Library Director
Telephone: (319) 753-1647

Business Horizons, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation

Business Horizons is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, action-oriented summer program for high school students who want to learn about the world of business and what the future holds for them. Its mission is to promote the value of the free enterprise system through leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurial activities and personal development opportunities. Business Horizons has enjoyed more than 20 successful years of educating young people about economics, the free enterprise system, entrepreneurship – skills they need to be successful in today's workplace and about opportunities available in the state of Iowa.

Contact: Kay Neumann-Thomas, Wade Den Hartog
E-mail: Kay –, Wade –
Telephone: (515) 280-8000

Business Professionals of America (Iowa Association)

The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. The vision of Business Professionals of America is to be a cohesive agent in the worldwide networking of education, business, and industry. Business Professionals of America will be the leading student organization in preparing a world-class workforce. Business Professionals of America will set a standard of excellence for career and technical student organizations.

Contact: Colleen Hunt – State Advisor
Telephone: ( 515) 281-0319

Cedar Falls Public Library

The mission of the Cedar Falls Public Library is to promote literacy and provide open access to resources which facilitate lifelong learning. Materials for leisure time, reference services, computer access and youth programming are highlights of this organization.

Contact: Susan Klein – Young Adult Librarian
Telephone: (319) 859-3283

Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

The Mission of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is to improve their strong business environment through the retention, expansion, recruitment and creation of businesses, and to enhance the quality of life in the areas it serves.

Contact: Jeff Schamberger
Telephone: (319) 398-5317

Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library was voted the No. 1 downtown destination in a recent public survey. Nearly 300,000 books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more are available at the library. Public Internet and word processing stations may be used free of charge. Computerized databases and expert staff members help library users access information quickly. Computer classes, book discussion groups and special programs are offered for adults. For children, story times and toddler times are held weekly, and special reading programs continue throughout the year.

Contact: Tamara Glise - Assistant Director
Telephone: (319) 398-5123

College Savings IowaTM

In 1998, College Savings Iowa was created to encourage people to save for the future educational expenses of young people. College Savings Iowa is a 529 plan that's open to all U.S. residents. It offers a flexible, tax-advantaged way to pay for higher education.

Contact: Michael L. Fitzgerald
Telephone: (888) 672-9116

Creating Future – the youth services department of Kirkwood Skills to Employment

The mission of Creating Future is to help young people set goals, complete their education and to find meaningful employment. It serves disadvantaged young people, ages 16-21, who meet income guidelines and eligibility criteria. Services include:

  • Career exploration
  • Paid internships
  • Tuition assistance
  • Incentive bonuses for grades
  • Help with removing barriers to success
  • Financial assistance for tools and uniforms
  • Transportation assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Physicals
  • Assistance with other costs associated with training

Contact: Cheryl Tabarella-Redd – Skills to Employment Director
Telephone: (800) 383-8451

Davenport Public Library

The mission of the Davenport Public Library is to connect a diverse community to resources that inform, enrich, educate and entertain. The library offers many ways for traditional and non-traditional-aged students to prepare for college – including online sample tests like TOEFL®, ACT®, and SAT® preparation; online tutors; college directories and numerous other print resources.

Contact: Angela Campbell – PR/Programming Coordinator
Telephone: (563) 888-3371

Des Moines GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a national initiative to encourage more young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard and take the right courses to go to college. Des Moines GEAR UP believes that postsecondary education is possible for all Des Moines students, regardless of economic background, and strives to empower youth to realize this ambition. GEAR UP brings this message to middle and high schools, students, their parents, and the community through early college and career awareness activities, scholarships, financial aid information and improved academic support to raise the expectations and achievement of all.

Contact: Nancy Wright – GEAR UP Coordinator
Telephone: (515) 242-7610

Des Moines Public Library

The Des Moines Public Library provides quality customer service, with free and equal access to resources that meet the informational, cultural and recreational needs of our citizens.

Contact: Brenda Finn – Teen Specialist (Central Library)
Telephone: (515) 248-6431

Iowa 4-H Foundation

4-H provides more than 100 state scholarships valued at more than $100,000 to Iowa members. Additional scholarships are provided by county groups for local 4-H members.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation's mission is to provide financial resources for youth development through 4-H. 4-H is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. It helps young people reach their full potential learning and working with caring adults.

Contact: Mitch Hoyer – State Scholarship Program Coordinator
Telephone: (515) 294-1531

Iowa City Public Library

The Iowa City Public Library encourages and sustains a literate, informed and diverse community, is committed to equal accessibility, intellectual freedom and lifelong learning and provides a community gathering place for meetings and programming for the benefit of the public.

Contact: Maeve Clark – Information Services Coordinator
Telephone: (319) 887-6004

Iowa Division of Latino Affairs

The Iowa Division of Latino Affairs' core mission is to improve the quality of life of Iowa's Latino population through education, legislative recommendations, public information and development of programs and services.

Contact: Armando Villareal – Administrator
Telephone: (515) 281-4080

Iowa Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for Scholars®, a program of Scholarship America®, is a national network of community-based, volunteer-operated scholarship foundation in cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout the United States. Scholarship dollars are raised locally by Dollars for Scholars chapters and awarded to local college-bound students. The Iowa Dollars for Scholars mission is: To mobilize Iowa through scholarships and educational support to make postsecondary education possible for all students.

Contact: Judi Pierick, CAE, IOM, Executive Director
Telephone: (877) 636-0496

Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union promotes, directs, protects and regulates amateur interscholastic athletic relationship for junior high and secondary girls between member schools to stimulate fair play, friendly rivalry and good sportsmanship among contestants, schools and communities throughout the State of Iowa. It is the only organization in the nation solely devoted to interscholastic competition for girls. More than 70,000 students participate in IGHSAU sponsored sports.

Contact: Troy Dannen – Executive Director
Telephone: (515) 288-9741

Iowa High School Speech Association

The Iowa Interscholastic Speech Association was organized in November 1943. It was an outgrowth of a desire on the part of many people to enlarge and expand the very splendid work the Iowa High School Declamatory Association had done since 1887. This organization is so designed that, as time goes on and the need is felt for other types of speech activities, they may be added. While visible work of the association is carried on through a series of contests, the fundamental philosophy of the association has a much deeper basis. The philosophy is built upon the belief that no form of activity is any more important than that of learning to speak effectively. All Americans believe in educational enlightenment, but the effectiveness of each enlightenment may be lost through the inability of people to express to others their ideas and beliefs.

Contact: Craig Ihnen – Executive Director

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates provides an effective strategy to strengthen the secondary education systems by serving youth needing additional assistance in completing a secondary education, pursuing postsecondary education or training, and/or entering the workforce in a quality job leading to a career. It has proven to be a cost-effective and successful program by increasing:

  • Graduation rates.
  • Academic performance.
  • Attendance.
  • Job placement.
  • Continued education/training.

Contact: Laurie Phelan – President Iowa JAG, Inc.
Telephone: (515) 242-5611

Iowa Public Television

Iowa Public Television provides public television, telecommunications and other services that educate, inform and enrich people's lives. It provides broadcast programming, online resources and two-way videoconferences to help individuals plan and prepare for college. Representative sample resources available include the broadcast series, Mastering the College Experience, videoconference series such as School to Careers and Transitions, and online resources such as

Contact: LaShell Staley – Project Manager, Education
Telephone: (800) 532-1290

Iowa School Counselor Association

The Iowa School Counselor Association is the foundation and vehicle that expands the influence of professional school counselors in Iowa through advocacy, leadership collaboration, professional development and systemic change. It empowers professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills and linkages to resources to promote student success in the school, home, community and world.

The goals of the Iowa School Counselor Association are:

  • To provide professional development opportunities in areas of critical need for professional school counselors.
  • To advocate for legislative policy that supports professional school counselors and the needs of children and youth.
  • To support relevant research and evaluation in school counseling.
  • To articulate the professional and ethical standards and code of conduct for professional school counselors.
  • To nurture strategic partnerships with stakeholders to benefit professional school counselors.

Contact: Linda Linn – Iowa School Counselor Association President
Telephone: (712) 262-4707 ext. 2007

Iowa Workforce Development – New Iowan Centers

Iowa Workforce Development has established New Iowan Centers to offer workforce development services to persons who have recently moved to Iowa and are seeking employment. The centers are designed to support workers, businesses and communities with information, community service referrals, job placement, translations, language training and resettlement assistance, as well as technical assistance and legal referrals concerning forms and documentation. Through public-private partnerships, the New Iowan Centers provide one-stop workforce development services for new Iowans in communities throughout the state.

Contact: Barbara Bobb – Bureau Chief
Telephone: (515) 242-6240

Jane Boyd Community House

The mission of Jane Boyd is to provide Cedar Rapids families with youth development, family support and educational programs in a culturally inclusive environment. It is a vibrant, rapidly growing community organization that continues an 80-year history of providing programs and services for children, youth, families and the elderly. Jane Boyd's Community House and Achievement Academy host family support, recreation, sports, the arts, academic enrichment, parent education, early childhood development and senior activities and programming.

Contact: Karl Cassell – Executive Director
Telephone: (319) 366-0431

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Inc.

Junior Achievement prepares and inspires young people to succeed in a global economy with educational programs for students in kindergarten through high school. Since 1919, Junior Achievement has been providing business and economic education to young people across America and, now, the world. Junior Achievement's unique economic literacy programs are taught by community volunteers and bring the real world into the classroom.

Contact: Erin Gray – Education Director
Telephone: (319) 862-1100

Kirkwood's Career Edge Academies

Area high school students gain a competitive edge toward their future education and career goals by taking career-focused, college-level classes through Kirkwood's Career Edge Academies. Targeting high school juniors and seniors in Kirkwood's seven-county service area, Career Edge Academies provide hands-on experiences using the latest technology, allow students to earn college credit while still in high school, and earn valuable skills and certification required for future employment.

Contact: Mindy Thornton – Linn County Career Edge Academy Director, Kirkwood Community College
Telephone: (319) 398-7627

Northeast Iowa College Readiness Program

The Northeast Iowa College Readiness program, administered by the Iowa College Foundation, encourages the academic growth of Iowa's first-generation, minority and low-income students. Eighth-grade students residing in Linn County who are motivated, envision themselves as college material and meet the above requirements may apply for this opportunity.

The program is a four-year high school program provided at no cost to participants. One Saturday each month during the academic year, select students will visit a Northeast Iowa college where they'll participate in writing and life skills workshops, tour college campuses, visit with college students and experience the college setting. Each student will be assigned a college coach who will be available to tutor/mentor. The program also conducts a Summer Institute in July where students live in a college dorm, take classes and experience college life.

Contact: Sharon Carmody-Holmes – Director
Telephone: (319) 389-0267

IOWA TRIO: Educational Talent Search

TRIO Educational Talent Search, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, serves middle and high school students. The goal of Educational Talent Search is to increase the likelihood that participants graduate from high school and enroll in college. Students receive academic, financial aid and personal counseling through monthly school visits. Two-thirds of those served must qualify as first-generation college-bound (neither parent has received a bachelor's degree) students and meet income guidelines established by U.S. Department of Education.

IOWA TRIO: Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase college enrollment and graduation rates. Upward Bound provides academic support through tutoring during the school year and a summer residential component on a college campus. Two-thirds of those served must qualify as first-generation college-bound (neither parent has received a bachelor's degree) students and meet income guidelines established by U.S. Department of Education. There are 15 Upward Bound programs serving 900 high school students in 80 school districts.

Contact: Jessica Rohrig – Iowa MAEOPP President
Telephone: (515) 294-3673

Waterloo Public Library

The mission of the Waterloo Public Library is to reach out to all residents of the community to provide informational and recreational print and non-print materials and related services, while functioning as a support center for formal education and independent learning. Materials for leisure time, youth services, reference, learning center and computer classes are just a few services offered.

Contact: Kristi Anhalt – Teen Services Librarian
Telephone: (319) 291-4496

West Liberty Public Library

The West Liberty Free Public Library is committed to providing open access to cultural, intellectual, educational and recreational information and ideas to enrich the community. The library has 19 Internet-ready computers for patron use. Trained library staff are here to help visitors find print and Internet resources. The library also offers many programs throughout the year and has collections in English and Spanish.

Contact: Janette McMahon – Director
Telephone: (319) 627-2084

The Workplace Learning Connection

The Workplace Learning Connection is an intermediary among schools, businesses and community organizations providing career exploration activities for K-12 students and professional staff development in 33 school districts in east-central Iowa. Activities such as classroom career speakers, career days, worksite tours, job shadowing and internships expose students and educators to diverse careers and highlight the relevance of school skills and the personal and behavioral attributes necessary for success in the adult world of work.

Contact: Mary Lou Erlacher – Director
Telephone: (319) 398-1040

YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area

The YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area has its roots in the national YMCA, which started in 1844 in London. Together, more than 2,500 YMCAs make up the largest nonprofit community service organization in America. The YMCA is for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. The YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan started in Cedar Rapids in 1868. Presently, there are three branches, the Helen G. Nassif YMCA, the Marion YMCA and the Stoney Point YMCA. The association also includes YMCA Camp Wapsie.

Contact: Eric Petersen – Helen G. Nassif and Stoney Point Branch Executive
Telephone: (319) 366-6421




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