Educator Worksite Tour – Educators participate in work site visits as individuals or in small or large groups. Tours provide an opportunity to interact with businesses, learn about their organization, career opportunities, educational requirements, employability skills, and obtain firsthand experience at the work site. Tours can be arranged for one school or discipline, or in collaboration with other schools and disciplines. Tours typically last one hour.
Educator Externship – This is a paid externship that provides work experience in a business or industry in north central Iowa. Educators will expand their business and industry knowledge by spending time at a work site directly related to their discipline. They will obtain knowledge and experience they can take back to the classroom and align and incorporate into their curriculum. They can then help students understand that what they are learning in school is applicable to life. Showing students the relevance of classroom activities and the relationship between work and the classroom helps students stay focused and ultimately prepares them for success in the modern workplace (21st century skills). Externships are typically 28-45 hours.
Externships are available to K-12 educators who are employed by a school district in the NIACC service region which include: Worth, Wright, Winnebago, Mitchell, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, and Butler counties.
Educator Other Experiences – Educator participation in work-based activities that are not work site tours or externships. These experiences allow educators to participate in work-based learning activities in a variety of ways.
- Occur within the state of Iowa and preferably within the NIACC service region
- Activities focus on middle and high school students, educators and businesses in north central Iowa.
- Actively engage participants
- Incorporate a career exploration
- Incorporate an educational component
- Meet grant criteria