Mar 31, 2021

Upcoming Opportunities

With summer and graduation justCollege and Career Ready Opportunities | Grant Wood A E A around the corner, area students are looking for college and career ready opportunities. Here are a few opportunities selected by Grant Wood Area Education Agency's social studies consultant.

Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy 

Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy courses enable educators, school counselors and administrators to provide equitable postsecondary opportunities for all students. Graduates help their schools and districts develop practices that lead to postsecondary success, ensuring that all students—especially low-income and first-generation—have access to postsecondary opportunities. Participants learn to effectively prepare students for education beyond high school, whether through on-the-job training or at a trade school, college or university.  


Meaningful Career Conversations

Last fall Iowa Department of Education and Iowa CTE hosted a workshop to supply engaging and encouraging training on creating meaningful individual career and academic planning implementations practices. These practices can be integrated into everyday learning environments. Below are recordings of this workshop.


Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Sixth Annual Art and Poetry Contest

Students can win up to $1,000 towards post-secondary education in the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission 6th Annual Art and Poetry Contest! The theme of the 2021 competition is Home and Belonging: What Home Means to Me. Artists should depict its meaning using an approved art form. (This means a poster for grades K-8 and spoken word or written poetry for grades 9-12.) The competition is open to all Cedar Rapids students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including students who are not U.S. citizens, virtual learners, and those who are homeschooled. Students will compete in four grade groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.


Additional Career Readiness Resources

  • Per Iowa Code Chapter 279.61 all districts must use a Career Information Systems (CIS) that meet State Standards for Academic Year 2022. More information on these standards can be found on the Department of Education website.
  •  AEA PREP (Postsecondary Readiness and Equity Partnership) resources: