January 4, 2021

Career Navigator News is a monthly newsletter from your Career Navigators, MaryAnne Smith and Nick Wobig.

Healthcare Month

We are one week away from a deep dive into the healthcare spectrum and are excited to announce a new record in participating professionals and businesses on FutureForward™. With nearly 1/3 of surveyed students interested in a career in healthcare, this will surely be an opportunity these students and teachers won't want to miss. There are videos and interviews from nurses and doctors to volunteer ambulance crew members and health unit coordinators.

We scoured the area to find resources for our students interested in the healthcare field, and found that there are so many people who have not only set out to do good for their patients, but want to support their communities and the next generation of healthcare workers.

Wrapping Projects

Your Winter break may have been filled with wrapping presents for loved ones at home. Teachers are wrapping up projects and winding down for the end of first semester. Congratulations! You’re almost there! Enjoy a Year in Review with Career Navigators!

Looking ahead to spring semester classes, we are gearing up for a few different activities for schools. Careers classes plan for students to explore local careers through FutureForward™ and learn how to connect with area professionals for informational interviews. Counselors prepare mock interviews for seniors.

Shaping our 2021 work, we are referring to students' responses to a student survey sent to each school this fall. 306 students have responded.  If you would like more input from your school, let’s do it!

Click here for student results.


BCC Virtual Career Fair

February 4th and 5th, your Career Navigators will be hosting a virtual career fair for all BCC schools and students to attend. We will have guest speakers from all 16 career clusters who will give a 30-minute presentation about their role, company, and experience, followed by a live Q&A session. Speaker sessions will occur every hour from 8 am to 3 pm on February 4th, and 8 am to noon on February 5th. An itinerary with details about each session will be sent to schools so students can choose which sessions to join as they align with their interests. Teachers can use this as a classroom tool, or for individual students. For more information, or to make a speaker request, please contact your Career Navigators!


Southern Minnesota Articulation Meeting

January 22nd is the next opportunity to participate in the Southern Minnesota Articulation Meeting held online here. The following Agriculture courses will be reviewed: Agronomy, Livestock Production, Soils, Related Welding, Electrical Wiring, Machine Assembly & Reconditioning, Applied Math for CTE, and Small Gas Engines. If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Brian Cashman for more information.


Special Announcements

Work-Based Learning 101 is presented by Erin Larsen, MDE CTE. This four-part series will provide an overview of the requirements for an approved work-based learning program as well as discussion around best practices. Great for secondary WBL coordinators and secondary CTE consortium leaders. Click here to register.

Hot Topics Webinar #1 for Work-Based Learning is perfect for Secondary WBL coordinators. No registration needed - Jump online with other work-based learning coordinators to learn about current issues in the field. Each session will include a guest speaker from workforce organizations around the state along with a question and answer session with the presenter and webinar participants. Login to MS Teams Meeting.

BCCNavigators on Facebook

Reminder to follow us on Facebook. Send us requests to follow your school and community organizations and events. Career-connected learning takes a village! www.facebook.com/bccnavigators

Contact Your Career Navigators: 
MaryAnne Smith &
Nick Wobig
We are very excited to have things rolling and look forward to what we can achieve as a collaborative. 
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at any time.

Thank you all, 
MaryAnne Smith: 507-251-4388
Nick Wobig: 507-273-9661
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January 2021
Healthcare Month on FutureForward
January 5, 12, 19, 26
Work-Based Learning 101 from 3-5 pm
January 13
Hot Topics Webinar #1 - Work-Based Learning
January 22
Southern Minnesota Articulation Meeting.
February 4-5
Virtual Career Fair for BCC Schools
March 2021
Post-Secondary Month on FutureForward
May 2021
Hospitality Month on FutureForward

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