January 21, 2021

SIOUX CITY, IA (Jan. 21, 2021)—Have you heard of the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning? Check out what they have to offer! 

  • Iowa needs more high-quality work-based learning experiences to prepare K-12 students for future careers and to help the state’s employers grow a skilled workforce.

  • High-quality work-based learning helps students connect their classroom learning to the workplace, build new skills, test-drive careers, and make informed decisions about college and career training.

  • Work-based learning sets the stage for great job opportunities for young people and a pipeline of skilled workers for employers.

  • The Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning makes relevant professional experiences more readily accessible to many more K-12 students statewide, especially in rural communities.

  • Work-based learning strengthens relationships between schools and employers, giving employers a way to tackle projects that otherwise wouldn’t get attention and bringing the real-world application into the schools.

  • The clearinghouse is part of the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is about closing the state’s skilled worker gap and connecting Iowans to the training and education required for good-paying jobs.

  • The clearinghouse is positioned to build upon other successful work-based learning options, such as the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s STEM BEST (Businesses engaging Students and Teachers) program and a statewide Work-Based Learning Intermediary Network run by Iowa’s community colleges.

If you would like more information check out their website or connect with program manager, Jake Welchans.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.

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