College / Career Readiness

To develop 21st century learners and productive, responsible citizens” is the mission of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. This is effort is through the collaboration of multiple district supported initiatives and programs.

Middle and high school students participate in courses, activities, programming, and experiences to assist in developing a four year high school plan with consideration of possible career interests.

Middle school students participate in programming through I Have a Plan Iowa, Junior Achievement, Kirkwood Community College’s Hi-Tech Career Days, Coe College’s Open Minds, Open Doors conference, and Iowa State University’s The Road Less Traveled conference. Activities that students are involved with include 8th Grade Financial Literacy Fair hosted by Workplace Learning Connections, Career Speakers for 6th and 7th grade students, and classroom lessons. Three of the middle schools are also part of the Gaining Early Awareness Regarding Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program.

High school students have the same opportunities with conferences, career speakers, and classroom lessons. These experiences are complemented by a solid program of studies, BIG, METRO High School’s STEAM Academy, college representative school visits, job shadow and internship possibilities beginning their sophomore year, Career Academy Courses, PSEO/Concurrent Enrollment, and Career & Technical Education classes.

In addition to the courses and opportunities, high school students can participate in College Entrance Exams of ACT and SAT, in addition to AP testing, PSAT, Compass, and NCRC.


Tara Troester
Cedar Rapids Community School District
Curriculum Facilitator
Career and Technical Education
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