October 19, 2020

Career Navigator News is a biweekly newsletter from your Career Navigator, Heather Schutte.

Riverland Partnership Update

At our meeting with Riverland Community College on October 9th, the SMEC Riverland Partnership Team presented our plan to ensure clear communication between secondary and postsecondary schools. 
On behalf of the SMEC Admin Council, the Team is dedicated to representing our mission and vision for dual credit opportunities in all SMEC school districts.  Individual districts will continue to work with Jean Kyle at Riverland Community College for dual credit arrangements at a local level.  
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th.

In the next two weeks... 

  • Research PSEO actionable strategies for SMEC school districts
  • Work experience partnership discussion with SEMA Equipment, Inc.
  • Riverland Nursing Programs Fall Advisory Board meeting
  • Strategic planning with SMEC administrators and CTE teachers, regional partners, and post-secondary deans to help move your vision forward
  • Develop the SMEC Alumni Network to connect students to local professionals who have graduated from SMEC districts
There's still time to participate in this year's Manufacturing Week events on October 19-23 and October 26-30!  
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 check out these local opportunities at Hormel Foods!
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
Schedule a brief training on FutureForward™ by clicking below:
Schedule Training

Upcoming Opportunities

Southern Minnesota Perkins Consortia Poverty Training - October 22 & November 19
A virtual opportunity for Southern Minnesota Perkins Consortia secondary and postsecondary schools offered through the Carl D. Perkins grant.  From 1:00-3:00pm on both dates, learn from Denise Felder and Chad Dull on how to connect and communicate more effectively with those battling poverty.  Participants will come away with concrete strategies and resources that can be used immediately to make a difference.  Reimbursement is available for substitute teacher costs.
RSVP by contacting Ryan Stanley:  ryan.stanley@austin.k12.mn.us

ONLINE $50 (eligible for reimbursement by Perkins grant)

ONLINE $25 (free for STEM Forward members) 

Contact Your Career Navigator: 

Heather Schutte
Mobile: 507-251-6177
Email: hschutte@ssc.coop 
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 October 19-23       October 26-30
Manufacturing Week  

**October 22**        Perkins Consortia Poverty Training - Session 1

**November 19**    Perkins Consortia Poverty  Training - Session 2
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