Hands-on Activities
Networking Opportunities: Meet with your leaders in your future career field. They may just open a door for you!

Unique Learning Experiences: Get outside the classroom to really learn what a career in your field of interest is like! 

Career Pathway Guidance: Experts in the fields share their knowledge on how to succeed!It’s never too early to start thinking about your future. With Exploring, you can learn more about careers that interest you while getting a hands-on experience and networking with professionals. From Engineering and Health Care to Computer Science and Law Enforcement, you have the opportunity to learn from Northeast Iowa’s top organizations in their field.

What is Exploring?
  • Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 14 – 20
  • The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields.
  • Exploring is not about lectures or slide shows. It is about gaining practical career experience. Programs feature information yes, but also many hands-on activities to really get students involved and thinking.
  • You develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in your selected career fields, and you get to know other youth with your same interests and aspirations.

Maybe you want to take a career test drive?  Or maybe you just want to soak up all you can in a certain interest area? Exploring can help you do this.  Our Exploring post advisers are great resources for the students, especially in regards to what education or training students will need for their career field and what to expect from that job market.  Plus students have the opportunity to do some really cool things like:  go flying; train with firefighters; broadcast on live radio; ride along with a police officer; work with a robotic specialist; or train and mind the river with the US Coast Guard; just to name a few!

Please Note:

Some posts do require students to write an essay on their interest in that particular career field.  Such essays can help the program leaders cater their lesson topics toward the students’ interests or goals by getting to know the students a little better.  Also, for a few of our very popular programs, spots can fill up quickly.  This helps program leaders with the selection process.  For this reason, please read the application instructions for each post carefully and follow all directions.

Click here to be taken to our Current Programs page to view all the details on programs throughout the greater Dubuque area and how to register.

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