"How I Decided" Weekly Webinar Series

Iowa College Aid is hosting weekly webinars called “How I Decided" throughout April. Every Thursday we will focus on different postsecondary pathways.

High school seniors can hear from professionals in different fields who might solidify their choices or inspire them to consider new paths. Undecided students will see a broad spectrum of options. Speakers will explain why they chose their careers, why students should pursue them, and how to begin those careers. 

Students and families can join via Zoom or watch through our Facebook Live streams.

Week 1: Military

Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

Speaker: LTC Phil Turner and LTC Ryan SextroIowa National Guard

Turner will discuss the different military branches, pathways, and their benefits, including education and career opportunities. 

Week 2: Registered Apprenticeships

Thursday, April 8 at 5 p.m.

Speaker: Amy Beller, Iowa Workforce Development

We will hear from multiple professionals who chose careers after completing a registered apprenticeship. We will explore career choices such as construction, heavy tractor trailer truck driving, electrician, plumbing, heating/AC professionals, and mechanics. 

Register on Zoom. RSVP on Facebook.  

Week 3: Associate's Degrees/Certificate Programs

Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m.

Speaker: Elizabeth Mireault, AmeriCorps at Iowa College Aid 

Multiple professionals who chose to pursue an associates degree or certificate program will be our guest speakers. We will feature careers such as dental hygienists, IT/computer program professionals, electrical engineering technicians, and nursing professionals. We will also feature professionals who obtained a certificate in agri-business/farm management and agriculture production operations. 

Register on Zoom. RSVP on Facebook.  

Week 4: Bachelor’s Degrees and Beyond

Thursday, April 22 at 5 p.m.

Speaker: TBD

We will hear from various professionals who pursued a career requiring a Bachelor’s degree or beyond. We will focus on professionals in engineering, marketing, accounting, social work, and physical therapy. 

Register on Zoom. RSVP on Facebook.  

Week 5: Live Panel Q&A

Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

Speaker: TBD

Our final webinar will feature a live question and answer session for any students who have questions based on what they learned from previous webinars. We will have a panel of all the professionals who spoke during their webinar session in the weeks leading up to this final session. This session is ideal for students who are undecided and need ideas about what possibilities exist for them. 

Register on Zoom. RSVP on Facebook.