"AEA PREP'S MISSION IS TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS ARE READY AND PREPARED TO SUCCEED IN A VARIETY OF POSTSECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH DISTRICTS AND KEY STAKEHOLDERS TO SUPPORT HEALTHY SYSTEMS IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF EQUITY AND SHARED ACCOUNTABILITY.AEA PREP’s mission will be achieved through:
Providing actionable postsecondary readiness and success data to all Iowa PK-12 school districts.
Developing a statewide network of Postsecondary Readiness Leads and teams who will provide leadership & support to districts and AEAs in using this data.
Bev Berns, Keystone AEA's Postsecondary Readiness Lead
Creating a resource centerwith updated research, postsecondary readiness data dashboards, presentations, webinars, and other information to support postsecondary readiness programs and initiatives
"The goal of Future Ready Iowa is for 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025."ABOUT FUTURE READY IOWA
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative to build Iowa’s talent pipeline. Current postsecondary data shows that education or training beyond high school is the new minimum to earn a living wage. Academic mindsets are surpassing the need for specific knowledge. Careers today and in the future require advanced knowledge and/or technical skills. Today's students are encouraged to demonstrate thinking competencies in creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
the goal of increasing stem interest and achievement is critical to regaining iowa's historic legacy as a leader in education and workforce development. in fact, stem is a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in our state, as stem graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs." The Governor's STEM Hub offers many opportunities for schools and teachers to bring STEM education into the classroom. From their Scale-Up grants, local STEM festivals, and teacher Externships they support connections to local and national community-based learning experiences for schools.
"The intermediary networks work to prepare students for the workforce by connecting business and the education system by offering work-based learning activities to students and teachers."
Northeast Iowa Community College's Career Learning Link has a consistent list of offerings for students to engage with careers in the area.
"Through iJAG programs, middle school through college age students discover their individual talents, develop skills, and seize opportunities to achieve their personal potential. Each iJAG program is operated as a "for-credit" elective course during the regular school day."
iJAG uses project-based learning as a basis for experiential learning. For more information about iJAG visit https://www.ijag.org/
"Work-based learning helps students develop new skills
and connections through projects, internships and even
apprenticeships that are embedded into classwork.
This sets the stage for great job opportunities for young
people and builds a pipeline of skilled workers for