​​​ ​​​​​​​​​Career Discovery Days

Discover your future at one of our Career Discovery Day Events. Explore career pathways through hands-on activity sessions. Learn about educational opportunities by hearing from DMACC instructors. Connect to future career and professional by touring a related business. 

Career Discovery Days are geared toward 9th & 10th graders, however juniors and seniors are also welcome to attend. Parents and instructors can accompany their students.

Educators: please call 515-965-7117 or email prior to registering an entire class.

Events calendar and registration ​

​​Teaching for the Workforce: Story County​​​

Dates: June 14 - 17, 2021​​​​​​

This interactive and engaging 4-day course allows K-12 educators, counselors, and administrators to experience today’s real STEM workplaces and build an understanding of essential concepts for workplace success. Each day includes tours and panels with regional companies, as well as hands-on experiences and engaging discussions with education and industry experts on how to help our students be more “future ready.” ​This class will meet face-to-face at the Ames Chamber Office, with masks and social distancing protocols. This will allow for teacher to teacher interaction.  However the business tours and some panels will be brought to us live via Zoom. Upon completion, educators will receive 2 license renewal credits though Heartland AEA, if desired.​

Teaching for the Workforce: Story​ County Conference Fees

Course + 2 License Renewal Credits = $70​
Course Only = FREE

Click here to hold your spot: Teaching for the Workforce Pre-Registration​​​

Questions? Email Amy at​ or call 515-965-7117


​​Classroom Opportunities

​​The Career Discovery Network can help coordinate the following classroom opportunities. All requests are dependent upon our availability, but we will do our best to accommodate you and make connections with business and industry partners.

Business and Industry Guest Speakers

Business and Industry Tours

Mock Interview Sessions

Job Shadow Opportunities

If you'd like to discuss partnering on classroom activities, please call 515-965-7117 or email

​​Teacher Externships

How many times have you heard a student ask, “When will I ever use this?”

During the summer, educators have a chance to work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher Externships provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers, and improve educational experiences. 

Apply for a Teacher Externship through Iowa STEM:


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