WorkSMART Connector’s “Career Awareness & Exploration” program has been named a 2021 STEM BEST partner. Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council selected it as one of 22 statewide recipients focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Four high school students from the Pella area recently completed a two-week workshop on campus at Central College as they worked toward IT certification. The workshop was part of a new work-based learning program of which Central College is a partner.
In total, 13 students from high schools in Pella signed letters with the U.S. Department of Labor to participate in apprenticeship programs in welding and engineering or made a commitment to information technology and early education certifications.
Charles Vander Velden, a 2019 graduate of Pella High School, became the first registered apprentice through the Career Academy of Pella, part of a new and expanding work-based educational program in Marion County.