Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Work-based/Authentic Learning Opportunities for Students

A new website has launched that will eventually house a virtual space where business partners can post projects for Iowa 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 houses hands-on business projects for 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.

Work to expand high-quality, real-world experiences for 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 assistance with setting up these learning opportunities, please contact PLAEA's Authentic Learning contact, Julie Graber at

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