Fort Dodge Middle School Launches ‘The Link’ Program

FDCS Foundation Uncategorized 0 July 17, 2018

Fort Dodge Middle School Launches ‘The Link’ Program

Program links businesses to the next generation of leaders

The Fort Dodge Middle School has launched a new program called The Link to connect business leaders to students at the Fort Dodge Middle School.

“We believe The Link will benefit both businesses and students,” said Director of School Climate Transformation Kim Bodholdt. “We want students to be inspired by our business leaders, learn about career paths in the community and make connections to those careers and their education. Businesses will have a chance to get face-to-face with the next generation of leaders.”

The Fort Dodge Middle School received a 5-year, 1.6 million School Climate Transformation Grant to improve all things related to culture and climate in the school.  Bodholdt said The Link will do that by increasing student awareness of career options

Students at the Fort Dodge Middle School work on an assignment using their Chromebooks.

and creating positive relationships between students and businesses.

Each participating business will be partnered with a classroom at the Fort Dodge Middle School. They will meet with the same class at least four times a year for engaging discussion and/or presentations about their business.

Citizens Community Credit Union will be participating in The Link program during the 2018-19 school year.

“We are participating because we want to make a positive impact in the community,” said Citizens Community Credit Union Vice President of Human Resources Jen Crimmins. “We also look forward to connecting with middle school students in the community.”


Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance CEO Dennis Plautz.

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance CEO Dennis Plautz believes The Link is a great way for students to learn more about the growing businesses and industries in the Fort Dodge area.

“The Link will connect business leaders with future employees. The Growth Alliance is collaborating with others to bring new business and industry to the area, plus many established businesses are expanding,” said Plautz. “It’s critical that we also work on expanding and engaging students who could be part of the future workforce.”

The Fort Dodge Middle School serves more than 1,000 5th– 8th grade students in almost 60 classrooms. About 35 businesses have already signed up for The Link.  Each classroom will display a sign with their business partner’s logo and each business will receive The Link poster to display. There is no cost for businesses to be a part of the program.

Iowa Central Community College Career Connections and the Fort Dodge Community Schools (FDCS) Foundation are working together to link business partners with classrooms.

The sign-up deadline is August 1st. To sign-up or for more information contact FDCS Foundation Director Molly Nelson at 574-5327 or


Iowa Central Career Connections
Iowa Central Career Connections is a work-based learning program designed to help prepare students to be successful as they transition into the workforce by connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options through work-based learning. Iowa Central Career Connection partners with educators and businesses to help create a positive and lasting impression on our future workforce by helping them attain the appropriate skills and knowledge of careers in their interest so they can be better prepared for life after high school and make better post-secondary decisions.

Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation
The Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation helps educators and students go above and beyond what district funding allows by providing grants for professional development, technology and other educational items. Gifts to the FDCS Foundation helped $36,000 go to classroom during the 2017-18 school year for robots, metal working machinery, PE heart rate monitors and more.

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