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Industry Pipeline Leadership Development Program

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A National Industry Pipeline Initiative



Middle & High School Students

Overview - The IPLD Program
A National Industry Pipeline Initiative


The Industry Pipeline Leadership Development Program (IPLD) is a national professional leadership and personal enrichment experience that prepares individuals for technical, professional and personal success in prospective careers.  This is a multi-year pipeline program that recruits, trains and prepares individuals for their steps toward career success from middle school through college.


How Does It Work?

When schools are closed, students participate in various industry field trips and mentoring experiences to help them decide on a career field.  Throughout the year, students receive technical and professional development skills training, scholarship preparation assistance and project-based learning opportunities with industry mentors to adequately prepare them for the workforce and their field of choice. 

Each participant will later connect with employers in our network for internship, externship or job shadowing experiences at our annual career and professional development conference for opportunities around the country over the summer (or work to start a business as an entrepreneur).


IPLD Program Locations

Maryland / Washington D.C.

  • Montgomery County

  • Prince George's County


  • Chicago

Host a Pilot IPLD
in your School District or Area

Industry Pipeline Concentrations
National Focus on Yielding Professionals



  • Engineering / Information Technology

  • Culinary & Hospitality

  • Business & Finance

  • Media & Journalism

  • Health / Bio-sciences / Environmental

  • Law & Public Service

  • Homeland Security / Military


Industry Concentrations

Program Components

​The components and deliverables of the program involve the following for each location:

  • Industry Exposure

  • Skill Development

  • Project-Based Learning

  • Industry Application Development

  • Mentoring from Industry Professionals

  • Scholarship Preparation Assistance

  • Academic Assistance

  • Financial Planning

  • Personal & Professional Leadership Training

  • Certification Training (varies by industry)

  • College Tours and Application Assistance

  • Job Shadowing / Internship Opportunities


Program Components

Eligibility & Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

To become eligible for this program, students must meet the following:

  • Be entering 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.

  • Have a submitted letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor that has experience your child.

Application Requirements

To apply, students must perform the following:

  • Complete the online application.

  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher that can speak to the student's behavior, leadership and general interests (online form).

  • Submit an official school transcript from the previous school year.

NOTE:  There is an annual activity fee of $500 for participation in the program and must be paid directly after acceptance into the program by the second session.

There is no GPA requirement to be accepted.  However, students must provide proof of their efforts to achieve and/or maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to maintain their acceptance in the leadership program.

Eligibility/Activity Fee

Spring 2024 Program Schedules

Nationwide Industry Days
Industry Enrichment Field Trips (Schools are Closed)

  • February 19, 2024 (President's Day)

  • March 4, 2024

Express Your Interest To Host a Pilot Program in your Area.

Industry Training Sessions
(Virtual for All Sites)

Parents & Students (Saturdays)

Washington D.C./MD/Virginia Area

  • February 3, 2024

  • March 2, 2024

  • April 12 - 13, 2024 (ACPDC)

Chicago, IL

  • February 10, 2024

  • March 9, 2024

  • April 20, 2024 (ACPDC)

Start a Pilot Program

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Corporate Sponsors

Placement Ready
The Home Depot
Giant Food
7 Eleven
Navy Federal Credit Union
The MIL Corporation
Panera Bread
XP Laser Sport
Northrop Grumman
Harris Teeter
Stratford University
Nando's Peri-Peri
Costco Wholesale
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