January 5, 2021

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

Welcome Back!
As you settle into the new year, let me know if there is any career-connected learning projects that I may be of assistance. Remember: I am a resource for you.
What's next: Healthcare Month kicks off! See more below.
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™. There are videos and interviews from nurses and doctors to volunteer ambulance crew members and health unit coordinators.
Each of these months are accessible through the FutureForward™ platform, and all educators and students can gain access to the platform - all you need to do is let me know of your interest, and I will give you your login information. I'm also happy to give you and your team some instruction on navigating the platform.
As with all themed months, Healthcare Month also include a digital toolkit full of industry information, highlight videos of local and regional companies, recorded interviews, and lesson ideas. 
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. 
Work-Based Learning 101 and more
Work-Based Learning 101
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.
January 5, 2021 - 3:00pm-5:00pm
January 12, 2021 - 3:00pm-5:00pm
January 19, 2021 - 3:00pm-5:00pm
January 26, 2021 - 3:00pm-5:00pm

Hot Topics Webinar #1 for Work-Based Learning from MN State
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. Click for the calendar link. (Most sessions are on Thursdays from 9-10am.)
Can I Borrow That? Why yes, you can!
Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence has hands-on equipment, tools, and simulators available for schools to borrow.  Educators must submit a request for the item desired and TCOE staff will review and assess the requests on a first come first serve basis.  Check out their website for additional resources including lesson plans, worksheets, and videos!

Here is the link for requests:  https://www.minntran.org/can-i-borrow-that/
Left: Snap-on Chrysler Mini Van Simulator
Right: Pit Stop Challenge with Torque Wrenches
Contact me for a brief training on how to access opportunities
like these on FutureForward™.

Resources to Share
Teacher Resources from Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence

Check out these resources from MN State Transportation Center of Excellence! They include:
-Virtual Class Presentations
-Career Exploration Lessons
-Virtual Industry Tours
-Tool and Equipment Library
Click here for more information.

The 2021 Engineering Machine Design Contest is right around the corner. This is an opportunity for teams of 3-10 students to design and build a complex machine using everyday objects with the guidance of a coach. The theme is: Driving Change through Transportation! Learn more here.

 If you have students who are looking into hands-on career options, this is a great resource to explore careers in HVAC. According to industry experts, there will be an estimated shortage of 400,000 HVAC technicians over the next decade. A job in this field can bring competitive salaries, working with technology, and job security - without taking on four years of college debt. Additionally, many companies will help pay for new techs to learn the trade. If you know a student who is interested, share this link to learn more.

Just in time for Healthcare Month, Mayo Clinic is offering a webinar to students who are interested in careers in health science. This hour long seminar will help students to refine their resumes, write cover letters, and prepare for interviews. This is a great opportunity for students who have their sights set on working at Mayo Clinic or other organizations. Click here for registration page.

A great number of Minnesota's construction-related associations offer scholarships for young people seeking careers in the industry. Check out the Project Build MN website for organizations who have funds for these students. 

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Can you take a moment to friend my Career Navigator page on Facebook? My posts include ways to connect your students with career-connected learning, scholarship opportunities, and industry information.
Send me requests to follow your school and community organizations and events. Career-connected learning takes a village!
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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Jan 12 - Healthcare Month begins! Contact Katie to get access.
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