February 2, 2021

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

February is National CTE Month

Thanks to all teachers, administration, and school staff who work on career-connected learning for students, and thanks for your support!
Board and Committee and Chamber Presentations...Oh My
I've been keeping busy so far this year with presentations about career exploration to various boards, committees and community groups.
January's presentations included the Lake City School Board and Eyota's EDA Board. Getting in front of groups like these help to get the word out about career exploration for students helps to recruit new partners for schools.
This month I'll be presenting to a committee at St. Charles High School, as well as to several committees of the Winona Chamber of Commerce.
If you have a group or individual you'd like me to connect with - inside or outside of your school -  please let me know. Additionally, if I can present to your teachers on how I can act as a resource, please get in touch.
Virtual Career Fairs (Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads)
As we all know, in the face of challenges (or a pandemic) it is sometimes necessary to change what's been done in the past. So far this year, I have been able to assist two of the five schools I serve with virtual career events. Lincoln High School used the FutureForward™ platform to give students access to videos for careers that they had interest in exploring.
Plainview-Elgin-Millville is having a virtual event, in which students will be in-person, and speakers will "Zoom in" for each session. Many of the presenters were found and recruited from their business profiles in FutureForward™.
Let me know if I can help your school with a career event.
CNA Pathway Update
The announcement of grant recipients for Youth Skills Training Grant is February 24th. We eagerly wait and are optimistic for the announcement. If awarded this grant funding, a CNA program will begin Fall 2021.
Names of interested, capable students, ages 16 and up, will be compiled by the end of February. We ask for your help to identify students at your school who are interested in CNA program, work, and career field. Principals and counselors will receive additional communication in the coming weeks.
Healthcare Month: Two Weeks Left! Don't Miss These Live Events
If you are interested in participating during these last weeks of Healthcare Month, I am more than happy revisit some support and training for teachers how to use FutureForward, help get particular students and teachers registered, etc. 

Upcoming Live Events:
Healthcare is Hiring - Find a Career that Works for You, presented by HealthForce Minnesota 
February 5, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thinking about working in healthcare but not sure where to start? This session is for you! In this session we will:
  • discuss the three main “types” of healthcare careers 
  • learn about their similarities and differences 
  • take a healthcare self-assessment quiz to learn more about where to start
  • get the inside scoop on where to get started and find out more about salary and educational programs

Start Your Healthcare Career in Senior Care, presented by HealthForce Minnesota
February 5, 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Now is a great time to start your career in healthcare and make a difference by working in a senior care setting! Come get the inside scoop about the many career pathways, opportunities for growth, and learn how to get started. Bring your questions and come join us on Friday, 2/5 at Noon.

A day in the life: Yoga and Meditation Teacher, presented by HealthForce Minnesota
February 10, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The yoga industry is growing and as it grows, so do the opportunities for employment. When most people think of yoga as a profession, their minds immediately jump to yoga teachers and studio owners. Although these can certainly be viable pathways to earning a living through yoga, they are not the only ways.

A day in the life: Massage Therapist, presented by HealthForce Minnesota
February 11, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The demand for alternative therapies is growing and so do the opportunities for employment. One career in high demand is massage therapy. With a focus on general well-being and natural healing, massage therapy sessions are often a source of relaxation or pain relief for many. Massage therapists are versatile because they are often trained in several massage modalities as well as reflexology techniques, Shiatsu and bodywork. Their unique expertise makes them an integral part of the health care field. What does a massage therapist do? Come learn about what it is like to live a day in the life of a massage therapist.

Virtual Anesthesia Career Event - External Registration Required, presented by Mayo Clinic Career Awareness
February 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Are you interested in a career as either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) or a Anesthesiologists? If so, then please join us on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
During this virtual event, you will be provided with an introduction to Anesthesia and have the opportunity to ask professionals questions.  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses with doctoral education. Anesthesiologists are physicians with doctoral education. These professions specialize in perioperative care, developing anesthetic plans, and the administration of anesthetics. Both CRNAs and Anesthesiologists enjoy a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. CRNAs and Anesthesiologists provide anesthetics to patients in a practice setting, and for surgery and a variation of procedures. We believe that certified nurse anesthetists and Anesthesiologists form an integral part of the total health care system by virtue of advanced scientific knowledge and competency in technical skills.
We are excited to get these great opportunities for students, led by industry professionals, into southeast Minnesota schools. Let me know if you would like to have access to these events!
Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP)
Encourage girls who are interested in computer science to apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood — all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart, and more.

Current 9th -11th-grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. SIP is 100% free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify. Low tech? No tech? No problem! Girls Who Code is there to support you!

Apply using this link before the early acceptance deadline in mid-February and remember to affiliate with us, Southeast Service Cooperative - Rochester Area Math Science Partnership, as your Community Partner on your application to receive priority consideration. 

Join the Girls Who Code Application Party! Sign up to attend the SIP Application Party with Marissa from GWC on February 1st at 3:30pm CST. Join a Girls Who Code staff member and other students to help start your application and ask any questions!
Are you looking for an opportunity for 5th-12th grade students to connect their mind to their hands?
The Engineering Machine Design Contest 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 completed machine will use multiple steps to complete a simple task. The contest theme for 2021 is Driving Change through Transportation! We look forward to seeing how this year's theme is interpreted by teams and conveyed in their machines.
The overall goals of this program are to:
1.  Provide a low cost or affordable option for teams to compete, 
2.  Inspire an interest in engineering and related career pathways, and 
3.  Equip students with skills that will help prepare them for future careers.

Regional competitions will take place from late February to early April with the Championship event in late April or May.
Contact me for a brief training on how to access opportunities
like these on FutureForward™.

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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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