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This outlet of the American Society for Engineering Education aims to advance its K-12 engineering education agenda – in particular for women and minorities – with interactive tools for students, teachers, parents and others. The site includes a copy of the eGFI magazine, along with regularly updated advice for students interested in pursuing an engineering career and for math and science teachers looking for ways to incorporate engineering into their lessons. At eGFI (Engineering: Go For It), visitors can search for scholarships, fellowships and grants in the engineering field.
The Department of Defense recently announced the launch of Myfuture.com which helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military services. Designed primarily for individuals between 16 and 24, the site features information drawn from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor. The site contains information on more than 1,000 military and civilian careers and nearly 7,000 accredited colleges, universities and trade schools, acting as a central resource for valuable background on college admission requirements, employment trends and military benefits.
Student Internship Opportunities:
IEDA’s Iowa Student Internship Program provides grants to small and medium sized companies in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology industries to help support their internship programs with a goal of transitioning the interns to full-time employment in the state upon graduation. The Student Internship Program is a unique partnership of academia, industry and government all working together to link young Iowans to the state's unlimited career opportunities and help Iowa companies to recruit their future workforce. http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/WorkforceTraining/student
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites currently enrolled students to apply for the "Student Internship Program" (SIP) providing students with employment opportunities year-round. Student employees gain valuable professional experience as an assistant in scientific, professional, technical, and/or administrative areas. The "Student Internship Program" could be a paid or unpaid internship. The internship opportunity gives students insight into considering a future career with USDA. Annually USDA employs thousands of students nationwide throughout our 7 Mission Areas, 17 agencies and 14 offices. http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/sip/index.htm
Job Corps is a nationwide youth employability, vocational and educational training program. They have offices throughout the state of Iowa. and a Residential Training Center in Denison, IA with training opportunities also available in surrounding states. Job Corps students receive vocational training and employability skills readiness. They also offer the GED or High School Diploma if needed. It is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Labor so there is no cost to students. Benefits include: Solo parent program, free room and board, up to $1200 upon completion, a bi-weekly stipend, and job placement/transitional services . For more information Iowa residents can call the national hotline at 1 (800) 733-JOBS or the Iowa Recruitment office (515) 281-9685 and they can visit their web site at recruiting.jobcorps.gov.
Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making. http://jumpstart.org/
Iowa Web Site Offers
Centralized Information on College Transfer Process
Students transferring from one of Iowa’s 15 public community colleges to any of the three Regent universities will now have a Web site that clarifies which credits will transfer and what courses are needed to complete a degree. The new Web site, “TransferInIowa.org,” provides students with a central location to view and understand the transfer process. In addition to the introduction of transfer credit applicability systems for each university, the site also provides information on distance education, existing statewide transfer agreements and contact information for each of the three universities. The site was created in response to 2007 legislation that called for improved resources to ensure a seamless transition for students transferring to a Regent university in Iowa.
Iowa's New Energy
At a time when the Midwest continues to experience job losses and a challenging economic outlook, new energy industries in the Midwest are emerging as focal points for job creation...
Iowa Registered Apprenticeship Site
The 21st century economy demands a workforce with postsecondary education credentials and the adaptability to respond immediately to changing economic and business needs. Registered Apprenticeship is a critical postsecondary education, training and employment option available in every state in the country. An Integration Program To Educate, Promote, Train, Target and Partner...
Iowa Safe Youth @ Work
Surveys indicate that 80% of teens in the U.S. have worked by the time they have finished high school. Each year, approximately 77,000 youth are injured on the job seriously enough to seek emergency room treatment. In fact, teens are injured at a higher rate than adult workers; every seven minutes a teen is hurt on the job.
The Iowa Youth @ Work website provides valuable information for teens, their parents and employers on how young workers can be safe on the job from their very first day. Included on the website are “train the trainer” materials on how to recognize and reduce hazards in the workplace, how to protect youth while they are on the job, preparing for emergencies, workplace violence, and learning about youth rights and responsibilities.
The Iowa Public Television (IPTV) School to Careers worksite offers information on over 140 occupations and more than 220 careers - all available in Iowa. Besides information on careers you can e-mail questions to the workers featured for each occupation and, for some of the occupations, you can watch a short video describing the work that is being done. Try out an occupation and see what you think!
Toolkit for Effective Front-Line Services to Youth
This Toolkit is designed for professionals assisting youth in developing the knowledge and skills to succeed in a demand-driven economy.
Youth Job Rights (PDF - 182 KB)
A printable color poster in both English and Spanish.
Civil Rights Commission
The mission of the Civil Rights Commission is to enforce civil rights laws, increase public awareness of civil rights, provide dispute resolution services, and offer community services throughout the state.
Collaboration For Youth Development Strategic Plan (PDF-861 KB)
Iowa is working through the Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development and Iowa’s Promise to ensure that all Iowa youth have the opportunity to be successful…in school, in a career, and in life.
The Shared Youth Vision (PDF 386 KB)
A Collaborative Approach to Prepare Youth for Success in a Global, Demand-Driven Economy - The mission of the Shared Youth Vision Partnership is to serve as a catalyst at the national, state, and local levels to strengthen coordination, communication, and collaboration among youth-serving agencies to support the neediest youth and their healthy transition to successful adult roles and responsibilities.
Iowa JAG, Inc.
Provides an effective strategy to strengthen the secondary educational systems by serving youth needing additional assistance in completing a secondary education, pursuing post-secondary education or training, and/or entering the workforce in a quality job leading to a career.
I Have A Plan Iowa®
The state-designated career information system, is a web-based college and career planning tool provided free to all Iowans. Users can complete interest, skill and value assessments; create course plans; explore career options; investigate education opportunities; prepare for the ACT, SAT and GRE; and research financial aid for college.
College and University Snapshots
Provides a quick information snapshot on the degree-granting institutions in Iowa. Students can also link to each college’s net price calculator as well as information regarding enrollment, retention, graduation rates, programs and majors.
Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program
Directing business, adults, youth, dislocated workers, and workforce professionals to training, apprentice programs and employment services.
Pocket Résumé (PDF - 52 KB)
A printable résumé form that folds to fit in a purse, pocket or billfold to provide easy access to information needed to apply for employment.
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