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Mission & History

Mission

At Career EdVantage SWI, our mission is to provide educational and training opportunities for committed students through meaningful relationships and supportive coaching.

Values

Integrity: do the right thing.
Respect: earn it and give it.
Inspiration: to be inspired and to inspire.
Hope: belief in the future.
Quality: what we do, we do well.
Service: serve and serve in excellence.

Purpose

At Career EdVantage, our mission is to provide educational and training opportunities for committed students through meaningful relationships and supportive coaching. Established in 2019, Career EdVantage is an initiative of the Charles E. Lakin Foundation and is powered by the Avenue Scholars Foundation. The goal at Career EdVantage (CEV) is to prepare students for a successful career in a variety of fields. CEV provides career exploration, development, internships, and full-time employment assistance for high school students of hope and need. Career EdVantage strives to change lives by ensuring that young men and women attain the skills necessary to move into a rewarding career while filling crucial employment needs throughout Southwest Iowa.

Career EdVantage is a collaborative program that assists students with career exploration, selecting a career, and the education and training necessary for success in the career. CEV will expose the students entering our program to a variety of quality career options in fields such as health care, information technology, automotive technology, trades and manufacturing, and business processes. The CEV team will coach students through the entirety of their journey, providing opportunities to experience the realities of the work world as well as learn and develop the attributes necessary to be successful in it.

What We Do

Students at desk

Students in the Career EdVantage program will work with CEV coaches and mentors in high school, during education and training in post-secondary settings, and on into the workforce. Career EdVantage and partners of CEV will also provide support by means of a scholarship to continue their education/training after successfully completing their CEV high school experience.

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