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🗓️ CTE and Career Guidance Calendar

📌 2023-2024_CTE and Career Guidance (HF2392) Requirements and Important Dates

 2023-2024 NICC Career and College Connections Student Events

NICC hosts on-site and virtual career events to support schools in connecting middle and high school students to local and distant professionals. Check the list often for added events. 

Events listing

General Updates

Updates from the Bureau of College Aid (formerly known as Iowa College Aid)

  1. Due to the government realignment, Iowa College Aid is now the Bureau of College Aid in the Higher Education division at the Iowa Dept. Of Education. Throughout this school year, you will see branding changes as well as resources moving to the Iowa Department of Ed. website. 

  2. The FAFSA will open in December of this year - no exact date is set yet, but this will affect the first send date of the weekly FAFSA reports. We will report more as we know more.


Course To College Program Registration for Area High Schools

Iowa College Aid's Course to College program addresses five key components for successfully getting to college. The five components include; prepare, apply, finance, decide, and go.

Registered schools will receive full access to all supports that the program provides; print materials, marketing materials, newsletter, weekly network calls, texting hotline, shared resources, and more.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Course to College program.  If you have questions regarding the program, its benefits, or commitments, please connect with Jamie Covell at Iowa College Aid, phone # 515.725.3422.

Click here to register

Register for the next round of Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy courses


Registration is now open for September 2023 courses through the Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy. The upcoming session runs Sept. 5 through Oct. 30.

The Academy was developed by the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of College Student Aid and AEA Learning Online and has been endorsed by the Iowa School Counselor Association. These Iowa-specific online courses are designed for school counselors, teachers, administrators and other college access professionals.

September course offerings include:

  • 101: Foundations of College and Career Readiness in Iowa (2 credits)
  • Prerequisite for most other Academy courses
  • 301: Systems & Optimization (3 credits)
  • 602: Supporting College & Career Readiness for Systems-Involved Students (2 credits)
  • 701: College & Career Readiness for K-5 School Counselors & Educators (3 credits)

 More information about the academy and additional course offerings is available on the Iowa College Aid’s website.


Career Exploration Student Event

ASTEM Student Event: Mobile Track Solutions in Elkader hosting Manufacturing Day 2023!

Mobile Track Solutions in Elkader, IA is excited to be hosting a Manufacturing Day 2023! Travel to Elkader to get an exclusive look at production within our facility on Thursday, September 28th, 2023. 

To sign up, head to to fill out the form! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number of 150 students per session. You must register before September 13th.


Student Financial Aid Opportunity
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Upper Iowa University was recently awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The “Mentoring Awesome Science Teacher Education Recruits” (MASTER) project will prepare 15 Upper Iowa University All Science majors to teach science in high-poverty, high-need, and rural schools in Iowa. Upper Iowa University juniors and seniors, majoring in All Science with Teacher Certification are eligible for scholarships from $10,000- $22,000 per year.

Noyce Grant at Upper Iowa University