Middle Bit: ICR Iowa launches online career hub for Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area

ICR IOWA has launched ICRfuture.org, a new career-connected learning hub for the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) area.

The new hub offers career pathway information and salaries, high demand career needs in the region, opportunities for internships and job shadows, and a calendar of career exploration and skill-building programs and camps ideal for 6th – 12th graders.

“A systematic approach to career connected learning can help maximize the impact on our students in the region by increasing career awareness, exploration and experience,” said Kate Moreland, Director of Career Development for ICR IOWA . “We have amazing partners throughout the region working to support students. By exposing more students to local companies, professionals, and experiences we can enrich their learning and help them build their skills of problem solving, collaboration and resilience to better prepare them for work and life. The goal of this effort is to better prepare students for the future and develop a talent pipeline with the skills our employers desire.”

The new website is a project of the ICR Future Coalition, a group of 70+ educators, employers, and non-profit professionals working together to develop the future workforce for ICR. The work of the coalition is aligned with the state’s Future Ready Iowa initiative.

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