Story County Active Learning Experience (SCALE)

 

SCALE draws upon the expertise of business partners to bring real world applications into the comprehensive high school experience. Through a collaboration of education, business, and industry, the SCALE program seeks to develop highly skilled and adaptable innovators and leaders. With inquiry-based learning and authentic projects and experiences, students add value to business partners while exploring passions and career possibilities identified by economic trends in Story County. Students will do a combination of classroom work and work-based internship-type experience.

Students will meet as a class for the first few weeks to learn about and strengthen their skills in professionalism, team building, marketing, communication, and technology skills and business tours. Students will meet at a business for class. The rest of the semester will be spent working with business professionals on projects to enhance their company. Students will also have the opportunity to tour companies and learn about different professions.

SCALE offers the following four programs:

 

Business Communication and Technology

Course #Course NameCredits
ADM154*Business Communications3
ADM265**​Supervised Practical Experience​2
​ADM937**​Prof Office Careers Seminar​1

*Fall Course
**Spring Course

Classes offered M-F 12:50–2:50pm

Students taking Business Communication and Technology are typically interested in some of the following career areas: Computer Engineering, Computer Information & Systems Manager, Computer Network Architect, Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Analyst, Cyber Security, Database Administrator, Entrepreneurs, Event Coordinator, Game Software Programmer, Graphic Design, Information Security Analyst, Marketing and Advertising Manager, Project Manager, Social Media Manager, Software Design, Videographer, Web Designer, and/or Web Developer.

Projects in SCALE programs will vary each semester based on the needs of the business partners. Projects for this program have included the following:

  • Keller Williams Annual Party in the Park – Planned a party in the park to invite the community to attend. Students helped gather information, event planning, and promoting the event.
  • Volunteer Center of Story County – Updated the website and created and updated promotional videos
  • Kreg Tool – Conducted LinkedIn and Glassdoor research, Created Benefit Boost Communications for employees, created Activity Committee Events, worked with Sales Team to update Kreg Packaging Measure and Weigh, and researched Talent recruiting trends for Production and Other Office Positions
  • Ames Resource Recovery – Created battery and fireworks flyers as well as printed and online materials with informational material 
  • Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau – Created marketing campaign for Cytes

Business Communication and Technology students have worked with the following businesses: Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ames Resource Recovery, Eldon Weber – Pizzathon Program, Keller Williams, Kreg Tool, Sigler, Vision Bank, and Volunteer Center of Story County.

 

Health and Human Services

Course #Course NameCredits
HSV109Introduction to Human Services3

Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30am

Students taking Health and Human Services are typically interested in some of the following career areas: Chiropractic, Dental Hygienist, Dentist, Dietician, Hospital Administration, Mental Health Services, Non-Profit Health, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapy, Orthodontist, Orthopedics, Physical Therapist, Physician, Physician's Assistant, Psychologist, Radiologist, Recreational Therapy, Social Worker, Sports Medicine, and/or Surgery Technician.

Projects in SCALE programs will vary each semester based on the needs of the business partners. Projects for this program have included the following:

  • Aero Scout Alert and Calibration Process monitoring -- this is a project where the students worked with the Process Improvement Department at Mary Greeley.  They gained experience in several areas of the hospital talking with and testing equipment in various departments for compliance with the regulations and internal policy. 
  • ChildServe project -- This project was twofold.  First, the students met at the Ames ChildServe center and got to interact with children every week.  Second, they also designed a summer curriculum for children at the center ages 6 months to 6 years old, which included contacting businesses in the area to come in and do guest presentations/activities and/or set up tours of these businesses as well as designing other age-appropriate activities, both indoor and outdoor, that will be utilized in the classrooms in June, July, and August 2019.
  • Transitional Living Center project -- This project involved putting together a list of housing and job opportunities in the Ames and Story County area as a resource for homeless individuals staying at the center as they work towards integrating back into the community as productive members of society. This project involved this group of students making many phone calls and inquiries to businesses and housing entities in order to determine if they would be open to and appropriate for people in this situation.

Health and Human Service students have worked with the following businesses: Ames Childserve, Mary Greeley,

 

Multi-Disciplinary Engineering

Course #Course NameCredits
EGR100Engineering orientation1
SDV164Electronic Portfolio Development2

Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30am

Students taking Multi-Disciplinary Engineering are typically interested in some of the following career areas: Architecture, Building Trades, Electrical & Civil Engineering, Electrician, Fabrication, HVAC, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Machine Design, Machine Maintenance, Materials Handling, Process Engineering, Robotic Manufacturing, Structural, Mechanical, and/or Surveying.

Projects in SCALE programs will vary each semester based on the needs of the business partners. The students have spent time job shadowing Engineers and creating a four-year plan for colleges.

Multi-Disciplinary students have worked with the following businesses: Iowa Department of Transportation, ACI Mechanical, Story Construction, and Iowa State University.

 

Renewable Energy and Bio-Sciences

Course #Course NameCredits
SDV130Career Exploration1
ADM269Workplace Professionalism3

Classes offered M-F 12:50–2:50pm​​

Students taking Renewable Energy and Bio-Science are typically interested in some of the following career areas: Agriculture, Bio-fuels, Biomedical Engineer, Entomologist, Environmental Research, Genetics, Immunologist, Lab Tech, Microbiologist, Product Validation, Quality Control, Service Technicians, Solar Energy, Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Value-Added Agriculture, Wind Energy, and/or Zoology.

Projects in SCALE programs will vary each semester based on the needs of the business partners. Projects for this program have included the following:

  • Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) for Polk County – Create expansion and recruitment plan to increase business participation in Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC), developed of a current contact list and marketing messages to assist Story and Polk County Emergency Management with business community outreach.
  • Hazardous Materials Consulting, Inc. - Identification of dangers of improper Lithium Battery disposal and development of messages for community education campaign and identification of dangers of improper Fireworks disposal and development of messages for community education campaign.

Renewable Energy and Bio-Science students have worked with the following businesses: Alliant Energy, Ames Municipal Power Plant, Ames Resource Recovery, Ames Water Treatment Plant, Barton Solvents, City of Ames Resource Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency, HACH Chemical, Hazardous Materials Consulting, Inc., Helena Industries, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University, Iowa State University Biotechnology Outreach Education Center (BOEC), Kemin, Monsanto, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (video conference), Polk County Emergency Management, Renewable Energy Group (REG), SpaceX/Tesla (video conference), Story County Conservation & Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Story County Emergency Management a​nd United States Department of Agriculture.