May 13, 2021

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

Survey Saaaaaays:
Please Complete for Planning! 
Teachers, Counselors, Principals, if you haven't already: Click on this survey link to complete the planning document for the next school year. This will be a valuable document that will help me to understand your goals and how I can help you accomplish them.
I have scheduled some end-of-year meetings at school districts to review survey results and talk to admin and CTE teams about planning for next year, based on what your needs are. If you'd like to schedule some time, let me know.
Also, I hope you can join us for the Community and Industry Partner Awards celebration on Friday (tomorrow!) morning at 7:30 a.m. It should be a great virtual event, and you might just see some folks you recognize!
Thanks, as always, for your support!

Big Ideas Mobile Learning Lab:

Explore the Trades

Big Ideas is a Minnesota based non-profit providing opportunities to discover, explore, and learn skilled trades. Through a variety of methods, including the Mobile Learning Lab and our BI Partner Courses, students have hands-on experiences with equipment and instruction by professional tradespeople.
The Mobile Learning Lab is a climate controlled, ADA and COVID compliant semi-trailer that can be set up in any parking lot. There are three interior classrooms and the ability to create pop-up classrooms. Virtual reality systems are used to introduce students to a variety of trades including welding, heavy equipment operating, industrial painting, electrical, plumbing, pipe fitting, and more.
For pricing and scheduling, contact:

Work-Based Learning 101

An online session of Work-based Learning 101 is scheduled for June 14-17, from 10am-12pm each day.
Are you interested in implementing a work-based learning program at your school? I will be attending these meetings, and would like to help you put programming in place at your school, if interested. 

This four-part series will provide an overview of the requirements for an approved work-based learning program as well discussion around best practices. If you’re new to work-based learning, this training is a good place to start.  

You can register for this session at

Resources: Scholarships for Building and Construction Trades and Tech Students

These scholarships can help young people bridge the financial gap between
student to full-time trades professional.

Harbor Freight "Tools for Schools" Program:

Deadline May 21

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!

Film Streaming: Hearts of Glass

Hearts of Glass is available for streaming from June 9-17. Whether you're interested in inclusion, disability rights, local food production, innovation, or entrepreneurship - you're going to enjoy this! Watch the film anytime in the timeframe above, and join the interactive virtual panel discussion on June 15. 
Contact Dawn Kirchner with questions.
SAVE THE DATE: May 14 @ 7:30 AM
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
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