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Consult

Partnering with APEX means value is added to your business. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students will gain professional experience while completing projects for your company. Consulting partners have the opportunity to offer tours, job shadowing, participate in mock interviews or become a student mentor. Waukee APEX is unique because your desired level of involvement is entirely customizable. We will do whatever it takes to meet your needs. All you have to do is take the first step and contact us.

Guide

Partnering with APEX means value is added to your business. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students will gain professional experience while completing projects for your company. One great way to share your expertise with APEX is through curriculum development. We realize that there is no better way to design our curriculum than with industry leaders like yourself. You have the experience and the knowledge to accelerate our students’ experience to a whole new level. Waukee APEX is unique because your desired level of involvement is entirely customizable. We will do whatever it takes to meet your needs. All you have to do is take the first step and contact us.

Benefit

Partnering with APEX means value is added to your business. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students will gain professional experience while completing projects for your company. An excellent way to get to know the APEX program firsthand is through a class project. Do you have something at the bottom of your to-do list that you just haven’t been able to get around to? We have aspiring professionals in several different economic sectors who can finish the task. Waukee APEX is unique because your desired level of involvement is entirely customizable. We will do whatever it takes to meet your needs. All you have to do is take the first step and contact us.

Host

Partnering with APEX means value is added to your business. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students will gain professional experience while completing projects for your company. Host sites have the benefit of interacting with APEX students every day. As a business, you can share building space. Having a team of expert students in your office every day can revolutionize the way you do business. If you’re interested in becoming an APEX host site, we will do whatever it takes to meet your needs. Waukee APEX is unique because your desired level of involvement is entirely customizable. All you have to do is take the first step and contact us.

Teach

Partnering with APEX means value is added to your business. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students will gain professional experience while completing projects for your company. A great way to leave an impact on APEX students is to teach. You can share your industry expertise through co-teaching, professional development, class speaking or developing expert content. Hosting an interactive session with students is a great way to share your knowledge with the future workforce. Waukee APEX is unique because your desired level of involvement is entirely customizable. We will do whatever it takes to meet your needs. All you have to do is take the first step and contact us.

Invest

Partnering with APEX means value is added to your business. Through a revolutionary collaboration, students will gain professional experience while completing projects for your company. One way to get involved is through a monetary or equipment donation. APEX students work in a fast-paced, modern industry that requires professional equipment and resources. Through a donation, you are enabling connected, efficient collaboration that will excel a student’s learning in their industry. Waukee APEX is unique because your desired level of involvement is entirely customizable. We will do whatever it takes to meet your needs. All you have to do is take the first step and contact us.

A few partners we've worked with
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Through APEX we have been able to pilot projects that have allowed us to explore what solutions are possible, technical feasibility, and potential cost of a solution. I particularly enjoy working with the advisory team to bring a challenging and rewarding curriculum to the classroom. It never fails to amaze me what high school students are capable of, and I like to push their bounds to see what awesome things they can come up with!

Andrew Colosky, John Deere

Working with student groups such as APEX encourages our institution to work across department boundaries to address the interests of these eager learners. It is exciting when our community partnerships with many organizations that can also turn into opportunities for APEX students to volunteer with the community and get real world experience as health care ambassadors.

Brianne Sanchez, Des Moines University

Our experience working with students from the Waukee APEX class was extremely beneficial. Because of them, we were able to complete a project which had been lingering for quite some time. The students were bright and hardworking. When do we get our next group?

Joana Gaines, Magnolia Homes

A key benefit of the business partner relationship is a collaborative opportunity for students and professions to directly impact the preparation and delivery of education in a non-traditional format. I can easily say that the positives and opportunities certainly outweighed any trepidation we had. Without a doubt, this program offers an ability for a community to build an understanding of each other’s needs.

Eric Beron, DLR Group

We mentor them, but they mentor us.

Kenneth E. Hagen, DLR Group

Our experience working with students from the Waukee APEX class was extremely beneficial. Because of them, we were able to complete a project which had been lingering for quite some time. The students were bright and hardworking. When do we get our next group?

Joana Gaines, Magnolia Homes

Your Participation

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We’ll meet together to outline the project before we get to work.

– Participate in initial discovery meeting
– Designate a contact person to give feedback
– Provide guidance, samples, or expertise if available
– Participate in evaluation of final project delivery

Our Deliverable

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After we understand the project, we get back to our office and dig in.

– Develop a client relationship
– Create and communicate a project plan
– Establish progress checkpoints for feedback
– Repeat process until project is finalized and delivered

Some great work produced

Insights into Agriculture

Twelve Waukee students attended the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) to present original research on solving world hunger in our lifetime.

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Let the Creativity Flow

Designing Communication Solutions course creates a new concept and overall look for Waukee APEX logo.

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A New Approach

Foundations of Insurance and Actuarial Science course created a district-wide safety campaign, Wauk Like a Warrior, to reduce the number of slip, trips and falls this winter.

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Waukee High School offers two programs focused on providing students with real world experiences: Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) and School-to-Work.

Waukee APEX+

Waukee APEX provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill development in 21st-century professions.

Waukee School-to-Work+

School-to-Work allows seniors to explore potential careers within a specific area inside and outside the Waukee APEX economic sectors through internships.

Is School-to-Work right for me?

Both Programs

Both programs offered at Waukee High School provide experiences in authentic work settings and allow students to earn college credit and/or certifications while earning high school credit.

Take the next step with APEX

Interested in learning more about partnering with Waukee APEX? Let us know and a customized solution can be created to meet your interest and availability.