October 1, 2020

Career Navigator News is a biweekly newsletter from your Career Navigator, Heather Schutte.
Glenville-Emmons has joined the
SMEC Career Navigator initiative! 

With the school year underway, I have been busy visiting each district to update our strategic plan for 2020-21.  I am also visiting our post-secondary institutions and local employers to promote our partnership - keeping student opportunities top of mind!  Let me know if you are interested in reserving office hours for me in your district!

In the next two weeks... 

  • Kick-off Manufacturing Week on the FutureForward™ platform with your participating classrooms
  • Riverland Perkins Consortia meeting with the Operations Team
  • Curriculum mapping with SMEC work-based learning coordinators
  • Strategic planning with SMEC administrators and CTE teachers, regional partners, and post-secondary Deans to help move your vision forward

Expect me to reach out next week to begin scheduling 1:1 meetings at your school for the end of October.
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
The upcoming Manufacturing Week (October 5-9) event will be held on FutureForward™ where students and teachers will participate.
Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, in-person visits to manufacturing sites are not possible.  However, students can now view these sites through recorded tours and interviews! 
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.

Contact me to participate in Manufacturing Week.  I will provide training on how to access videos like this on FutureForward™. 
Upcoming Opportunities

CTE Mission: CUBESat - October 16 deadline
This is an opportunity for students to build technical skills for careers in space. The US Department of Education invites schools to bring space missions to students by designing and building CubeSat prototypes. No previous experience needed!

How do we grow and retain educators in our community? What structures and practices do we need to implement in order to lead innovations in our economies? What gains have we made towards supporting the success of youth and adults from marginalized communities? 
Learn from forward-thinking educators, workforce, and industry leaders in our communities addressing these issues.  This year's theme "A BOLD Vision Beyond 2020" demands that we look towards the horizon and beyond will be held virtually for the first time!
This annual Summit is jointly sponsored by Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education in partnership with the Minnesota Association for CTE Administrators (MACTA) and Minnesota Association for CTE. 

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 immediately put into practice!
Join this fall's Educator Forum virtually via ZOOM, on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 4:30 to 8:00 PM. There is no charge for STEM Forward members to participate in this event. 

Minnesota’s Virtual College Exploration - September 28-October 14 
Hear from Admission professionals on topics such as paying for college, application essays, college athletic recruitment, and more. Learn more about 150 different colleges from all over the country in live information sessions!  This event is FREE for students and families. 
Contact Your Career Navigator: 
Heather Schutte

As school settles into a comfortable pace, I plan to visit each campus weekly. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out anytime with questions, project ideas, or requests to meet.
Cell: 507-251-6177
Email: hschutte@ssc.coop 
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