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New dashboard features Iowa work-based learning opportunities

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

"intern"Iowans searching for work-based learning experience programs now have a new resource. A dashboard dedicated to statewide work-based learning activities that offer high school credits is now available and provides students, families and school districts with a comprehensive overview of work-based learning across the state.

Iowa is one of the first states in the country to offer an extensive dashboard focused on work-based learning credit programs that enhance classroom learning by connecting it to the workplace. With the launch of the work-based learning dashboard, Iowans can easily find information on work-based learning opportunities that earn credits for high school students, including internships, Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and other career and technical education work-based learning courses.

“The work-based learning dashboard is a great resource that recognizes high-quality programs in Iowa,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “This dashboard makes it easy for Iowans to learn about the more than 6,000 work-based learning credit opportunities that were available to students last year. These opportunities connect classroom learning to the workplace, develop our workforce talent pipeline and help students leave high school prepared for the workforce or further postsecondary education or training.”

The work-based learning dashboard is a new feature on the Iowa Student Outcomes website, which hosts several interactive dashboards detailing information on trends in K-12 schools, community colleges, adult education, Iowa public universities, registered apprenticeships and employment. The 
website is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa College Aid and the Iowa Board of Regents.

Iowa schools, parents and business partners are encouraged to visit the dashboard at Iowa Student Outcomes to see and compare what work-based learning options are provided in their local and neighboring communities. School districts are also encouraged to use the information to connect with other districts on best practices for implementation of high-quality work-based learning courses and experiences. Data available on the dashboard will be updated annually with plans to expand data offerings to include other types of work-based learning opportunities, such as student-run businesses in schools and project-based learning courses.

For more information on work-based learning, contact Kristy Volesky at kristy.volesky@iowa.gov or visit the Iowa Department of Education’s work-based learning webpage.