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New website sets the stage for work-based learning clearinghouse

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

A new website has launched that will eventually house a virtual space where business partners can post projects for Iowa K-12 students to gain in-depth work experience, bringing real-world application into the schools.

The Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning site currently includes work-based learning resources, success stories and toolkits for schools and businesses.

The virtual space housing hands-on business projects for K-12 students will go live July 1.

The website’s projects will expand student access to in-depth work experiences and help build interest and awareness of high-demand careers in Iowa.

Educating Iowa students for the knowledge economy requires connecting them to future careers through meaningful experiences. Work-based learning helps students develop new skills and connections through projects, internships and even apprenticeships that are embedded into classwork. The clearinghouse will make work-based learning opportunities through hands-on projects more accessible to more K-12 students, especially in rural areas.

The Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning was established by Gov. Kim Reynolds through an executive order. It is a joint venture of the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, and Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) Learning Online. This work to expand high-quality, real-world experiences for K-12 students is in line with the Future Ready Iowa goal that calls for 70 percent of Iowans to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.

For more information about the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning, contact Jake Welchans, project manager, at, or at 515-281-5494.