Southeast Iowa Intermediary Link

Linking education to careers

The Southeast Iowa Intermediary Link is funded through an Iowa legislature grant. We serve 14 area school districts in the counties of Des Moines, Lee, Louisa and Henry. The purpose of the program is to link businesses with K-12 educators and students to provide quality work-based learning opportunities. These opportunities include worksite tours, classroom speakers, career events, job shadows, internship, pre-apprenticeship, and registered apprenticeship opportunities. This also includes skill development for students, educators and employers.
Work-based learning is a powerful method to introduce K-12 students to the world of work. Students get real-world examples of how they can use the skills they are learning today in their adult lives, as well as finding out information about careers they may not know exist. Through Intermediary Work-Based Learning they also gain exposure to careers specific to Southeast Iowa.


Work-based learning experiences go beyond the classroom. Students see value in education when they are given a chance to learn what real careers await them after high school. Opportunities await them through activities such as:

  • Job Shadows
  • Worksite Tours
  • Businessperson classroom visits
  • Career events
  • Skill development
  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships

The Intermediary Work Based Learning program also sets up and carries out Educator in the Workplace experiences each summer for licensure credit through Great Prairie AEA.


It's never too soon to start planning your future. Exploring careers and career options, choosing your career path, creating a plan, and putting the plan into action begins in elementary school and continues through your life. Work-based learning helps you to experience what is out there.


Businesses need a workforce that not only has the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom but also the ability to be responsible employees. Providing work-based learning to students helps increase company morale, enhances a company's image in the community and reduces the cost of recruiting, and training new workers.

Get linked to learn more.

Contact Sarah Smith at or (319) 208-5053.