NIACC Career Connections

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What is NIACC Career Connections? NIACC Career Connections is a work-based learning program funded by the Iowa Legislature. It was designed to connect business and education in ways that offer area middle and high school students the opportunity to explore a variety of exciting, fulfilling career options.

In addition, NIACC Career Connections offers educators an opportunity to build and strengthen business and industry relationships through work-site tours and externships.  The program connects employers, students, educational systems and local communities through relevant, work-based learning activities.

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NIACC Career Connections provides a variety of exciting activities…

  • Job Shadows
  • Class presentations and guest speakers
  • Career day activities and career exploration
  • NIACC campus visits
  • Teacher professional development
  • Concurrent enrollment collaboration
  • Worksite tours for students and instructors
  • Educator externships and student internships

Picture of Student and Instructor in classBenefits to Students:

    • Make well-informed post-secondary and career decisions
    • Develop and sustain relationships with employers
    • Discover well-paying jobs in North Central Iowa
    • Learn desired employability skills

Benefits to Educators:

    • Visit targeted businesses and industries in the area
    • Opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Network opportunities among students, staff and other schools
    • Enhance understanding of business and industry needs
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Benefits to Businesses:

  • Showcase and promote business
  • Educate future workforce on career opportunities
  • Promote quality jobs to area educators and students
  • Compete with other businesses in the state, country and around the world
For more information, contact

Mary R. Schultz
Director-NIACC Career Connections
500 College Drive Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-422-4073
Toll Free: 1-888 GO NIACC, ext. 4073