#CVWbeInvolved www.cedarvalleywest.org Facebook @CedarValleyWest Superintendent Contact: Jon Thompson, Aplington-Parkersburg Larry Hunt, Dike-New Hartford Tim Kuehl, prior Gladbrook-Reinbeck Cassi Murra, Grundy Center Began Think Tank in January 2011 & Consortium in spring 2012. Association for career education and economic development between a region. Forward-Thinking Superintendents Aplington-Parkersburg CSD Dike-New Hartford CSD Gladbrook-Reinbeck CSD Grundy Center CSD “Hollowing Out the Middle” by Carr and Kefalas What are we doing to make career and community connections with our students? Funded 100% by the four public schools. Staff of one. Connecting students to career opportunities which allow them to make informed educational and career decisions Promoting our region as viable communities who are providing an outstanding quality of life with extraordinary career opportunities. Map of Iowa Intermediary Network April, 2013 Lyon Osceola Dickinson Emmet Winnebago Worth Mitchell Howard Winneshiek Allamakee Kossuth Sioux Palo Alto O'Brien Clay Cherokee Buena Vista Hancock Cerro Gordo Floyd Wright Franklin Butler Bremer Hardin Grundy Black Hawk Cedar Valley West Chickasaw Fayette Plymouth Pocahontas Humboldt Sac Woodbury Ida Community Career Connections Monona Webster Calhoun Carroll Crawford Greene Hamilton Boone Marshall Story Tama Clayton Buchanan Delaware Benton Dubuque Jones Linn Workplace Learning Connection Jackson Clinton Harrison Shelby Audubon Cedar Guthrie Dallas Polk Jasper Poweshiek Iowa Johnson Scott Muscatine Student Career Connection Pottawattamie Cass Adair Madison Warren Marion Mahaska Quad Cities Career Connections Keokuk Washington Louisa Mills Fremont Montgomery Adams Page Taylor Union Clarke Ringgold Decatur Lucas Wayne Monroe Wapello Jefferson Appanoose Davis Van Buren Henry Lee Des Moines CONVENE CONNECT • COLLABORATE ACROSS • BROKER AND PROVIDE SECTORS SERVICES SUSTAIN MEASURE • INFLUENCE POLICY TO • Ensure quality and impact SUPPORT BEST/EFFECTIVE PRACTICES ENGAGED LEADERSHIP Local Schools: Administration, Counselors, Educators, Students and Parents Career and Technical Advisory Groups, Professional Learning Communities Higher Education Partners: Hawkeye Community College and University of Northern Iowa Business and Industry Supported by over 100+ businesses Local, County and Regional Resources Economic Development, Workforce Development, Extension Offices, etc. Community Service Organizations Marketing for Businesses Share our successes and program Model for public schools in the State of Iowa, presenters, collaborators and social media users COORDINATED SERVICES ’12-’13 School Programming (8th-12th) • Job Shadows (183) • Internships (42) • Worksite Tours (179) • Career Speakers (155) • Mock Interviews/Workplace Readiness Prep Classes (14) • Behind-the-College-Scene (137) • Project Lead the Way Activities (36) • HS Graduate Student Services (6) Teacher Professional Development (13) & Community Outreach • Career Exploration, On-site Worksite Tours, Teacher Interns • Teacher Professional Development- Program Alignment • Community Connection Meetings MEASURABLE IMPACTS Outcome Combined Program Results Built awareness of career opportunities in their community and region 97% Positively influenced decision to LIVE and/or work in the CVW area 85% Impacted choice of high school classes 67% Influenced decisions related to college, courses, and majors 88% Importance of making career connections through CVW programming 100% Provided valuable career information regarding their interests 82% Made a connection between employability skills and qualities needed for today’s working world 85% SUPPORTIVE POLICIES Focus on positive professional relationships ONE connection between businesses and schools providing age-appropriate and engaging programming. Funding: split equally Five-year commitment from schools; in it for the long run. Staff of one. Intermediary funding is crucial for expansion of services Meet with Iowa Intermediaries, committees and IA Legislators on topics of: funding, policies, providing high-quality career programming to all students Tailor our program to meet each school district’s goals. Let the Director guide the program. Hiring the right people.