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The purpose for Work-Based Learning is to provide students with opportunities to connect the real-world application to classroom learning while exploring career paths of interest.


Iowa Work-Based Learning Guide
Contains a comprehenisve overview of work-based learning

General Work-Based Employer Checklist
Provides guidelines to help guide active involvement from employers

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Community College

Iowa's Community Colleges offer many work-based learning (WBL) experiences within their curriculum.  Career and technical programs offer a wide variety of internships, practicums, and career exploration.   Transfer majors are also being built between the community colleges and universities with related work experiences in mind.  Guidance for developing WBL within the curriculum is available within the following resources. 

Iowa Community College Work-based Learning Implementation Guide - coming soon

CIP Crosswalk for WBL Programs


Work-Based Learning Industry Toolkits

Health Sciences

Advanced Manufacturing

Sector Partnership Website
Includes comprehensive Iowa career and employer information

Professional Development

Iowa Work-Based Learning Coordinators

  • Attend the annual conference and connect with other coordinators for collaboration opportunities.
  • Collaborate online for up-to-date programming information and ideas.

Association of Career and Technical Education

  • Offers a section under New and Related Services for work-based learning.
  • Provides quarterly meetings and information to members via email.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 09, 2020 at 6:29am.