Registration is now open for the next session of courses through the Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy that starts Nov. 6 and continues through Dec. 31. 

The academy, a program of the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Iowa College Aid and AEA Learning Online, offers online courses designed for school counselors, teachers, administrators and others helping students attain postsecondary education in Iowa.

Courses available through the academy are tailored to Iowa college access professionals to improve effectiveness in preparing all students for education and training beyond high school. Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy courses are open to anyone working in the college access field.

To register, individuals will need to log into the AEA Iowa Professional Learning website using their current AEA Learning System user name and password. If a new account is created, courses will not be accessible until the following business day. Individuals can register as participants at no cost, or they can select to earn license renewal or graduate credit through Drake University, Grand View University or Morningside College.

More information about the academy and additional course offerings is available on the Iowa College Aid’s website.

November-December course offerings include:

101: Foundations of College and Career Readiness in Iowa (2 credits)
Provides an overview of the current state of college and career readiness in Iowa for all participants; prerequisite for all other College and Career Readiness Academy courses.

201: Supporting College and Career Readiness for Systems-Involved Students (3 credits)
Focuses on the distinct yet interrelated roles of teachers, school counselors and administrators in creating the systems that support a college and career readiness culture; includes emphases on equity and utilizing district plans.

501: Introduction to Planning, Assessing and Financing Postsecondary Opportunities (3 credits)
Offers an introductory overview of the college application and financial aid processes in order to better prepare school counselors and other college access professionals in supporting students and families as they navigate the complexities.

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