Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning Launches

Work-based learning empowers students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to high-quality, real-world professional experiences. The clearinghouse is a virtual space that connects students and schools with employers statewide through shared work-based learning projects.

The clearinghouse has two key features:

  • A project board in which Iowa employers post real-world tasks that students complete under the supervision of their teachers.

  • A business partner directory for teachers to find other kinds of work-based learning opportunities, such as internships, that employers have expressed interest in.

High-quality work-based learning helps students prepare for future careers, helps employers grow a skilled workforce, and helps teachers make coursework come alive. The clearinghouse will make these opportunities more readily accessible to K-12 students statewide, especially in rural communities.

About the Clearinghouse

The Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning was established by Gov. Reynolds through an executive order as part of the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is about closing the state’s skilled worker gap by connecting Iowans to the training and education required for rewarding careers. The clearinghouse is run by the Iowa Department of Education in partnership with Iowa’s area education agencies, Iowa Workforce Development, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.


More information can be found online at and in the download. Contact Julie Graber for more details. 

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