The Link

THE LINK provides connections for educators, students and business partners in Southeast Iowa including a guide to business resources.


 The Link is part of the Midwest Intermediary Network- Midwest INET

Click here to view the Career Resource Guide.

Linking education to careers

Work-based learning is a powerful method for introducing K-12 students to the world of work and its various careers. Students get real-life examples of how they'll use skills learned in school in their adult lives and introduces them to jobs they may not have considered.


Work-based learning experiences provide experiences beyond the classroom.  They help students see first-hand the realities and rewards of various careers. It also improves attendance, course selection and graduation rates.

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It's never too soon to start planning your future.  Exploring careers and career options, choosing your career path, creating a plan and putting the plan into action begins in elementary school and continues throughout your life.  There are jobs out there you haven't considered. Work-based learning helps you experience what's out there.

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Business needs a workforce that not only has the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom but also the ability to be responsible employees. Providing work-based learning to students helps increase company morale, enhance a company's image in the community and reduces the cost of recruiting, and training new workers.

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Regional Efforts

School to Career and business & education partnerships are supported through the efforts of many groups in the Southeast Iowa region.  Theses include local businesses and industries, school administration and educators, economic development groups in Lee, Henry, and Des Moines Counties, Southeastern Community College, as well as Great Prairie AEA.

The Link events include...

Career fairs Workplace readiness skills for teens
Career speakers Workplace tours
School counselor informational sessions & resources Teacher appreciation events
Educator resources for career exploration in the classroom Southeast Iowa Regional STEM Festival
Investigate Your Future- STEM Career Exploration KidTek University- STEM summer program

Contact Information

Leanne Krogmeier
Work-Based Learning Specialist
Extension: 5053