#Make Your Mark with Work-based Learning

August 9, 2019 | Connecting Iowa Michele Farrell, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, Program Manager, mfarrell@measuredintentions.com

Share the excitement of your company and your industry with local students and educators through the Iowa Intermediary Network. Ignite imaginations while being pro- tected from liability and receiving professional guidance for both you and students. Your local Iowa Intermediary Network coordinator is excited to assist you in setting up speaking engagements, tours, job shadows and other work-based learning opportunities for K-12 students! Easily locate your local coordinator on the new Iowa Intermediary Network website, www.iowain.org, or reach out to Michele at mfarrell@measuredintentions.com.

Coming in fall 2019, the Advanced Manufacturing Work-based Learning Toolkit is a quick resource for your work-based learning questions and provides best practice models from the Iowa Intermediary Network that can be replicated in your community. Partners from the Iowa Department of Education, Northeast Iowa Community College and ABI are working together to create this work-based learning implementation resource.

Another tool in support of the Future Ready Iowa initiative are career awareness and pathway tools showcasing how students and job seekers of all ages can enter and advance through a wide range of exciting careers in the advanced manufacturing industry in Iowa. Developed through a partnership of the Iowa Department of Education, ABI and Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, this resource is available at https://bit.ly/2YOoNdL.

Through work-based learning you might introduce your company to a future employee, and you are sure to strengthen local economic development by showing students they can work close to home and still have a fulfilling career! For more information, contact Joe Collins at the Iowa Department of Education (joe.collins@iowa.gov or 515-725-0646) or Gena Gesing at Northeast Iowa Community College (gesingg@nicc.edu or 563-562-3263 ext. 452).