How Does It Work?

Learn how students, educators, and businesses can join authentic learning projects with the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning.

The Process for Students

If you’re an Iowa student in grades K-12 who is interested in joining a work-based learning project, here is the process for signing up:

 

  1. Talk with your teacher or school about getting a student group together for a work-based learning project.
  2. Have your teacher register your group as an interested group using our interest form or the virtual project board once it’s available.
  3. Work with your teacher to select a project that fits your group’s needs and begin collaborating and communicating with the business partner after the partner approves your request.

The Process for Educators

If you’re an Iowa educator interested in building work-based learning projects into your class curriculum, here is the process for signing up:

 

  1. Get together your interested student(s) and take note of their areas of interest—students can work in groups or work on projects individually.
  2. Register your student groups or individuals using the interest form or the virtual project board once it’s available.
  3. Work with your students to find a project that fits your groups’ needs and facilitate the completion of the project with your students and the business partner after the partner approves your request.

The Process for Businesses

If you’re a business interested in having students complete a project for your company, here is the process for signing up:

 

  1. Fill out the interest form and assign a contact person to discuss project ideas and get assistance before getting started.
  2. Create an outline for the project, including how long it will take and the skills needed to complete the work.
    View the Required Project Submission Fields Here
  3. Enter your project into the Clearinghouse by filling out the interest form or entering it into the virtual project dashboard once it’s available.
  4. When a student group requests your project you can approve it, inform the teacher, move forward with managing the work, and check in with the student group at key points during the project for progress checks. Touch base with the students at the end of the project to collect project deliverables and close out the project.