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Career Planning Resources

The Iowa Department of Workforce Development, a partner with DMACC in the operation of Iowa Employment Solutions, has created a list of the top 50 high demand occupations in Iowa. DMACC has programs, instruction and degrees to help you find employment in nearly all of these career areas.

These occupational employment and wage estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in Iowa.

Explore trade careers by education and training levels.

High School Based Career Training/Exploration Programs

What is Waukee APEX? Through a collaboration of education, business, and the community, Waukee APEX develops highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. APEX offers multiple career-based programs in a state of the art facility. 

Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link (CLL) is a program that exposes students to high-demand career areas and sets them on the pathway to career and educational success beyond high school. The program provides work-based learning opportunities for students in partnership with local businesses.

NIACC Career Connections is part of a statewide work-based learning intermediary network.  It connects students, educators, and business through relevant, work-based learning activities that foster deeper knowledge and understanding of career clusters, careers and career pathways.

This is accomplished through job shadows, worksite tours, student internships, educator externships, and other work-based activities.  Career exploration activities encompass all sixteen career clusters.

Connect @ Iowa Lakes is a work-based learning program funded by the Iowa Legislature.  It is designed to link business and education to allow high school students the opportunity to explore various exciting career options. In addition, this program offers educators the opportunity to build and strengthen business and industry relationships through work-site tours and externships

NCC Workplace Learning Connection can connect students with area business to help them gain an onsite overview about what a local career entails.

Iowa Central Career Connections is a work-based learning program designed to help prepare students to be successful as they transition into the workforce by connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options through work-based learning. Iowa Central Career Connections partners with educators and businesses to help create a positive and lasting impression on our future workforce by helping them attain the appropriate skills and knowledge of careers in their interest so they can be better prepared for life after high school and make better post-secondary decisions.

Iowa Valley Intermediary Program is a new work-based learning program designed to help prepare students to be successful as they transition into the workforce by connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options through work-based learning. Iowa Valley Intermediary Program partners with educators and businesses to help create a positive and lasting impression on our future workforce by helping them attain the appropriate skills and knowledge of careers in their interest so they can be better prepared for life after high school and make better post-secondary decisions.

The work-based learning coordinators with Cedar Valley Career Connections work to connect businesses and students through work-based learning opportunities

The Cedar Valley West brings together students from four school districts in the Cedar Valley to provide them with valuable career information and connects them to area business professionals who are interested in preparing our region’s future employees.

Students become more prepared for the local job market, and businesses have the opportunity to mold potential employees, creating a hands-on way for students to explore careers while still in high school.

The average American can expect to work at least 86,000 hours over their lifetime!  It's probably a good idea to enjoy how you'll be spending that time! That's not the only reason you should take advantage of career development opportunities like QCCC, or things like internships, here are a few more reasons:

  • Making school relevant
  • Exploring and preparing for academic and career journeys
  • Developing 'soft skills' employers are looking for
  • Building relationships with local businesses
  • Understanding the education and training required career
  • Learning more about what the Quad Cities has to offer!

Workplace Learning Connection connects students with local businesses to provide job shadow and internship opportunities.

DMACC’s Career Discovery Network is a program open to all K-12 students and educators in AEA Region 11.  It is designed to link education and business by providing students with opportunities to explore various career options through Work-Based Learning Activities that enhance the career exploration process.

Western Iowa Tech Community College is building a network of business partners willing to help educators spark interest in our youth to become the innovative workforce for Iowa's future economic competitiveness and long-term success.

Southwest Iowa Workplace Connection is a work-based learning program designed to improve the skills of Iowa’s future workforce by connecting high school students and educators to local careers, through relevant, work-based learning experiences. Southwest Iowa Workplace Connection works with employers to coordinate worksite tours, job shadows, career exploration activities, and professional development for high school students and educators in Southwest Iowa. These hands-on opportunities are designed to help students better understand how to align their career goals with their post-secondary decisions.

Southwestern’s Workplace Learning Network, a member of the Iowa Intermediary Network, provides work-based learning activities to Region 14 School Districts through appropriated Iowa Legislative funds.  The Network prepares students for the workforce by connecting business and education, offering relevant exploration to develop educational and vocational goals. A particular focus is given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematical occupations, occupations related to critical infrastructure and commercial and residential construction, or the targeted industries of advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology.

Indian Hills Connect 2 College program is a part of an emerging dynamic partnership between IHCC and area high schools. High school students are able to earn high school and college credit by enrolling in courses taught in their com­munity, on an Indian Hills campus, or online!

THE LINK provides connections for educators, students and business partners in Southeast Iowa including a guide to business resources.

State & Community Programs

EDGE (Education Drives our Greater Economy) is an initiative of Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa focused on improving education from early childhood learning through life-long learning. Under the leadership of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Business Education Alliance, EDGE is supported by private and public entities with an eye to the future and a goal of helping Central Iowa businesses secure the educated, skilled workers they need —now and long into the future.

Teachers and mentors in ICR are eager to create innovative educational opportunities for their students. Residents of all ages have access to programs that benefit students from kindergarten all the way through post-secondary school.

Whether you’re looking to supplement your education with enriching after-school activities and programs, or you’re looking for year-round alternatives to the traditional learning experience, ICR is full of resources and opportunities to make it happen.

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