November News
November News

November 16th, 2020

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

Planning for Distance Learning

I think it safe to say that much of my time has been working with districts discussing what I can help with flex/hybrid learning and the potential for distance learning. FutureForward™ continues to be a tool that is flexible to be in the classroom and at home. We are continuing to add videos to it of professionals discussing their jobs in an interview style and are now transitioning to virtual job shadows by actually watching a video of a person doing that job.  See a preview here.

Kasson-Mantorville CTE Future Ready Grant

Friday, November 6th was a sunny and warm day. It also appeared to be Christmas at Kasson-Mantorville as $5,000 worth of donated tools were delivered from Rochester Area Builders. This was able to happen as the Southeast Service Coop offered districts a chance to get grant money through the CTE Future Ready grant to be innovative in their practices and get ready for the future. KM is moving the Woods 1 class, the foundational course, to the middle school so those students can see if that skill is something he/she wants to pursue as in high school there is an opportunity to build a house. Moving the course to the middle school would be easy, getting the tools and equipment to make it operational was the challenge. Through partnering with SSC and making a partnership with Rochester Area Builders, the company came through with this HUGE donation. Isaac Ydstie now has to find room for them all. 

Stewartville Tool Donation

Halcon was able to meet the need for Stewartville High School when looking at how to continue to offer the Woods program when students are at home learning during hybrid or distance, should that come. Each student involved in the Woods program (1 and 2) received a Halcon tape measure and dual end screwdriver. These tools are their own to take home and use so education in the Woods department can continue. We greatly appreciate this partnership!


Two grants have been submitted (State Farm Community Grant and Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council) on their behalf over the last couple of weeks. Triton has a vision to expand what they are teaching by adding a Greenhouse to the Agriculture department and adding more welders to the machining side of the Industrial Technology department. McNeilus Steel and McNeilus Truck have both agreed to partner and help set up and train the teacher on using the welders, if awarded. 
I was able to use a connection from Byron and record an interview with Chad Jorgensen about his mechanical engineering background and career. He invited his son to participate as the son is also in school for mechanical engineering so the interview has both perspectives, from someone who has been in the field 20 years a student, 19, in college for it. It is quite fascinating! Log onto FutureForward™ to watch this and other interviews today! 

Youth Skills Training Opportunity
SSC has submitted our letter of intent for the YST grant. We now have until December 4th to get partnerships built with nursing homes interested in hosting the skill portion of the testing. If you have any connections to nursing homes or long-term care facilities, please let me know. 


Your Career Navigator: 
             Jami Schwickerath
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Poverty Awareness Workshop #2
November 19th, 2020
Presented by: Denise Felder

This virtual interative workshop is for faculty and staff who want to better understand poverty on our campuses and in our region, and to gain tools for making a difference in students' lives.

Participants will:
*       Learn to connect and communicate more effectively with those battling poverty.
*       Gain understanding of national and regional economy, and awareness of what poverty is.
*       Use group and individual activities and dialogue to explore each staff and faculty members' role in student success.
*       Come away with concrete strategies and resources that you can use immediately to make a difference.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID:
928 3838 4529
Passcode: poverty

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