April 23, 2021

Career Navigator News is a bimonthly newsletter from your Career Navigator, Jami Schwickerath.

It has been a while since you have heard from me in this format as I've been under the weather and then busy catching up. I have spent time at schools assessing which students are eligible and could be ready for the CNA pathway. In addition, I have been having conversations with skilled nursing homes about hosting these students. 
Over the last several weeks,  I have assisted the Careers class with guest speakers to help explore potential careers. We have had fire personnel, journalists, a photographer, a dentist, and even a musician.  On April 15th we had a local, Aaron Simmons, talk about his success after graduating from Stewartville and becoming a musician. He is an upcoming, rising star in the world of country music and has toured with Parmalee and Scotty McCreery. The kids loved his presentation!
Career speakers are also a hit at Kasson-Mantorville. We have had a veterinarian, a mental health counselor, a rep from the carpentry trade and a finance speaker. We have been averaging about 25 students per session as these are sessions students choose to attend based on their interests. If you know individuals who might be willing to share about a potential career, let me know: jschwickerath@ssc.coop. 
The Southeast Service Cooperative, in partnership with State Cloud State University, local school districts, and Perkins Consortia, is looking to develop a system of support for personnel interested in acquiring new or additional CTE licenses within Trades & Industry. More specifically, this system of support would likely include a cohort approach and would be open to any interested educator as well as anyone in business/industry looking to transition into a CTE teaching role within Trades & Industry. Trades & Industry is a multi-faceted teaching area, including manufacturing, construction, STEM, and transportation. Expanded licensure allows educators to be more versatile and allows school districts to access additional Perkins dollars to support CTE.
Let me know if you are interested in learning more: jschwickerath@ssc.coop.
"Tools for Schools"
Applications are now open for this program, which awards schools cash prizes totaling over $1 million to 18 outstanding public high school skilled trades teachers and their programs. Imagine bringing such a prize to your school's trade program. The deadline to apply is May 21. Finalists are announced July 14, 2021, and the big winners announced October 2021.

Prizes include 3 grand prize winners ($100,000), 15 prize winners ($50,000).

Who is eligible to apply?
Teachers who teach the subjects of: agriculture mechanics, carpentry, construction, electrical, HVAC, manufacturing, plumbing, transportation mechanics, or welding. (Common thread prize winners share that their students work with their hands, using tools regularly throughout the course of study to build, repair, and maintain.)

Judges are looking for:
Strong evidence of past teaching successes and future innovation, thoughtful and in-depth application, positive data and results, inspirational storytelling, active engagement with learning modules, and passion, creativity, and leadership. (Note: Teachers may not apply as a team.)

 More info can be found at this link. I'm happy to give assistance, where needed!
We are highlighting and honoring the businesses who have partnered with us over the last year. This is a virtual event and will highlight the top five nominated businesses, awarding one the "Industry Partner of the Year". 
We hope you can join us! 

Your Career Navigator: 
             Jami Schwickerath
                       Cell: 507-273-8365
               Email: jschwickerath@ssc.coop
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