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Educator heads up Work-based Learning Clearinghouse

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Jake Welchans, the project manager of the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning, is well-suited to bring this initiative to fruition. After all, he's a former teacher.

Prior to joining the Iowa Department of Education, Welchans spent 11 years with Des Moines Public Schools as a business and technology teacher, technology trainer and instructional technology coordinator. And prior to that, he worked for five years in the insurance industry before going back to school to earn his master’s degree and teaching credentials. To put it mildly, Welchans understands work-based learning from all sides — student, teacher and business professional.

“With more than 130 different opportunities currently on the project board, students and educators can work with businesses from all corners of the state to acquire new skills and test drive careers,” Welchans said. “Big or small, rural or urban, schools can access these high-quality, real-world work experiences and employers get to play an active role in growing their talent pipeline.”

Welchans works with both businesses and educators, bringing them together to create meaningful experiences for students. Businesses, do you have an idea for a project, but need to hone in on the details? Welchans can help with that! Educators, are you looking for different ways to integrate a project into a course? Welchans can help with that, too!

You can reach him at or 515-281-5494 to get started.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 27, 2021 at 9:20pm.