October 26, 2020

Career Navigator News is a biweekly newsletter from your Career Navigator, Katie Hendrickson.

Here's What I've Been Up To:

MEA break seems like a million years ago, right? I hope you took some time to rejuvenate! If you didn't...Thanksgiving is just a month away, so hang on!
  • I've been reaching out to businesses in each of the five school areas to thank them for past volunteerism with schools, and to encourage them to continue. If you have a connection that you'd like to pass along, please reach out!
  • One of my goals in reaching out to businesses is to encourage them to use FutureForward™ and to see if they would like to make a video about their business that we could load on the platform. In this very virtual world that we currently reside, the more opportunities we have for students to see what goes on behind the doors of companies, the greater chance for them to gauge interest in a future career.
  • I've been meeting with representatives from SEMA Equipment, Inc. to explore a work experience partnership.
  • Exploring the YST grant opportunity (See more about this farther down!)
Thank you for the supporting the efforts to increase career awareness and exploration activities for students!

Collaboration Opportunity: Need Your Input ASAP

The school year is well under way, as are opportunities to collaborate.
Southeast Service Coop is seeking interest in collaborating on the Youth Skills Training Program in a Certified Nurse Aid pathway.
We know that healthcare is a demand occupation in our region and we want to help fill the openings that will arise over the next five years. Deadlines are fast approaching so if your district is interested in learning more information about the grant, read more here. And, click here to read more about the Youth Skills Training program.
 If you are interested in taking part of this collaboration, please let me know by 10/28/2020. 

Magna Awards: Deadline is Friday

Is your school providing any programming to focus on equity for students who are at risk of being underserved? 
The National School Boards Association’s 2021 Magna Awards program will focus on equity in education — and will recognize school district programs that remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children (based on race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, geography, or socioeconomic status.). The awards application deadline is Friday, October 30. Visit the NSBA website for details.
As your career navigator, I'm happy to assist in filling out the nomination form, if you can supply some basic information. Contact me at: khendrickson@ssc.coop. 
Your School's Experiential Learning Tool
FutureForward™ is a web-based platform that connects local employers to educators and students for experiential, hands-on, and virtual learning. This tool helps teachers with arranging career-connected learning opportunities for students.

FutureForward™ supports distance and hybrid learning with a myriad of opportunities for students to interact with business partners, such as:
  • job shadows
  • classroom lesson plans
  • classroom and virtual speakers
  • mock interviews
  • mentorships
  • internships
  • and more
Contact me for a brief training on how to access opportunities like these on FutureForward™.
Manufacturing Month: Almost Over But There's Still Time!
On the FutureForward™ platform, local and regional employers have highlighted what they do, what coursework is relevant in high school, career options and pathways available, and the next steps to pursuing a career in manufacturing. Register students now to participate in the last week (October 26-30) by emailing me at: khendrickson@ssc.coop

Nominations Open for MN Teacher of the Year

Nominations are being accepted through November 15th for Minnesota's Teacher of the Year. Do you know a teacher who motivates and inspires students? Submit your nominee here: https://educationminnesota.org/news/awards/teacher-of-the-year/nomination-form
Resources to Share
Minnesota CTE Training
The MN Association for Career and Techinical Administrators (MACTA) is offering a four-part training program addressing topics relevant to CTE in Minnesota. You can sign up for one, two, three, or all four of the sessions. Topics are: Teacher Licensure, CTE Policy & Advocacy, and CTE Reporting. Click this link for more info and to register.

Pick Your Path Podcast
CEDA's Community Workforce Coordinator Emily David created a podcast for students to explore careers. Each podcast is 10-12 minutes long, and provides an overview of a career, as well as the experience or education needed for the position. Check it out here.

Prepare to Launch - October and November
Offered by MNAiC partner Target (and their Women in Science and Technology group). Virtual speaker events in October and November, perfect for STEM women in high school who can benefit from learning foundational skills for launching into a successful career.   More information can be found by clicking here.

November 19
Learn about the impact of poverty on student success and what can be done to support students experiencing poverty. This is a two-day training, held virtually. October 22 and November 19. Grant dollars can reimburse schools for sub costs (if applicable).

Email Brian Cashman for more information and to register: bcashman@gced.k12.mn.us

2020 CTE Works Summit - November 3
Learn from forward-thinking educators, workforce, and industry leaders in our communities who are addressing CTE-related topics. This year's theme  "A BOLD Vision Beyond 2020" highlights the importance of looking toward the future for successful student experiences.Click here for registration.

STEM Forward Virtual Fall Educator Forum - November 4
Join us for an amazing peer-to-peer learning opportunity that highlights STEM lessons and activities taking place in our classrooms and in hybrid/distance learning environments in southeast Minnesota that you can replicate immediately! This fall's Educator Forum will be taking place virtually via Zoom, on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 4:30 to 8:00pm. There is no charge for STEM Forward members to participate in this event.
Contact Your Career Navigator: 
Katie Hendrickson

Reach out anytime with questions, project ideas, or requests to meet.
Cell: 507-421-8777
Email: khendrickson@ssc.coop 
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November 1
CTE Program Approval  due
(Email: mde.cte.program.approval@state.mn.us)
November 4
STEM Forward Educator Forum
(See more info in "Resources")
November 19
Southern MN Perkins Consotia Poverty Training
(email Brian Cashman to register)
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