Work. Learn. Connect Connecting Today's Students to Tomorrow's Careers Why we do what we do
We believe in a vibrant community with a workforce ready for a changing world, and we support the next generation as they navigate and connect to our shared future. What we do
WLC connects students and educators from Grant Wood AEA Area X school districts in Cedar, Benton, Iowa, Jones, Linn, Johnson and Washington counties in east central Iowa looking for career information with area business professionals who are interested in preparing our region's future employees.
Students become more prepared for the local job market, and businesses have the opportunity to mold potential employees, creating a hands-on way for students to explore careers while still in high school.
But, that’s not all. Local job experience is key to keeping our best and brightest here, in Iowa. And the on-the-job learning students receive simply cannot be recreated in a classroom.
WLC was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit partnership of Kirkwood Community College and Grant Wood Area Education Agency serving K-12 students in seven counties. In July 2011, WLC became a self-sustaining, not-for-profit Kirkwood department under the Kirkwood Community College Foundation continuing to provide high quality, age-appropriate career exploration for the K-12 population. WLC coordinates career speakers, career fairs, worksite tours, job shadows, internships, and teacher professional development to help districts meet Iowa Department of Education mandates for Career Development and help area students become better informed in their post-secondary education and career decisions.