Presents are involved in this issue! (If you've been good)
Presents are involved in this issue! (If you've been good)

December 8, 2020

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

Construction Month Kick Off
Construction Month officially started yesterday! But, it's not too late to get involved. Just email me and let me know you want to participate, and I will give you a sign in to access the FutureForward™ platform and the event toolkit that can help you plan activities.
Members of the Career Navigator team have been busy creating videos that students can view, and then get in touch with professionals in the industry for follow up questions.
As always, thank you for the supporting the efforts to increase career awareness and exploration activities for students!


Career Pathway Flyers

I know we said we weren't exchanging gifts this year, but I saw these and thought of you. Check out these career pathway flyers. Click on each link to see and print the PDF. Enjoy!
Thank You
Thank you to all schools and communities for providing feedback about their needs and interests in a CNA pathway for students. Our Career Navigator team submitted a Youth Skills Training (YST) grant last week to create this for students in SE Minnesota. If our grant is chosen, we would receive up to $100,000 as seed money for a regional CNA pathway for qualifying students. Priority will be given to students with barriers, such as living in a low-income household, having a documented disability, being an English learner, or meeting other criteria. We are proud to have worked to make community partnerships so students can stay in their communities while working to earn certification as a nurse assistant. Grant recipients will be announced in February, 2021.
If I can help YOU with grant work for your school, please let me know! This grant-writing opportunity was a wonderful learning experience for me, and I'm happy to help you with any projects you have.
Contact me for a brief training on how to access opportunities
like these on FutureForward™.

Let's Be Friends on Facebook

It's lonely on Facebook when you don't have enough friends (sniff, sniff). Can you take a moment to friend my Career Navigator page? My posts include ways to connect your students with career-connected learning, scholarship opportunities, and industry information.
Resources to Share
A great number of Minnesota's construction-related associations offer scholarships for young people seeking careers in the industry. Check out the Project Build MN website for organizations who have funds for these students.

The scholarship application for the "Grow Ag Leaders" is now open. Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields. In 2021, more than 350 scholarships totaling more than $500,000 will be awarded across the U.S.

Agriculture creates nearly 54,000 jobs each year, and almost half of these go unfilled. It’s up to farming communities to remind students that a career in ag is beneficial to both their own personal success stories and our growing population. Grow Ag Leaders asks farmers to endorse high school seniors or college students for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education studies in ag-related fields. Click here for more info.

High school students who lost wages after January 27, 2020, due to the pandemic, can now apply for MN Unemployment Insurance Benefits.  The benefits are retroactive, but the deadline is December 25th, 2020.

More information & steps for eligible youth HERE

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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