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May 2021

Career Navigator News is a monthly newsletter from your Career Navigator, Heather Schutte.
SMEC Outdoor Career Exploration Event 
Our event took place on Tuesday, May 11 with the perfect 65 and sunny spring day!  Nearly 250 area 10th and 11th graders participated in this year's event and viewed engaging simulations and demonstrations to showcase Southeast Minnesota's in-demand careers. 
One exhibitor provided the following feedback: "Really enjoyed the outdoor aspect.  The event was very well organized which optimized our ability to meet with students - thank you!"
A HUGE thank you to this year's exhibitors:
You can also find additional resources and opportunities for students from each of these exhibitors on the FutureForward™ portal.

Grand Meadow

Greenhouse Groundbreaking

Grand Meadow Public Schools was recently named a $15,000 grant recipient of the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by Bayer Fund.  The district plans to use the grant to build an outdoor classroom and greenhouse, which will have a significant impact on the students and the community.  

Groundbreaking for the greenhouse took place on Friday, May 7th.  Check out photos from the event below and the media coverage of the event!

Registration Open! 

Train-the-Trainer Workshops

Specifically designed for Ag and Tech-Ed teachers, this three-day workshop will include training to support instructors in teaching skills to secondary students in the areas of small gas engines, drone technology, and welding.  Attendees will receive training from college faculty/subject matter experts and hands-on experience with equipment needed to teach secondary students.  Training is designed to meet attendees at their skill level and create long-lasting professional relationships with colleagues and subject matter experts.
Attendees will receive:
  • 24 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
  • Access to classroom tool kits
  • A small gas engine to keep after the training
  • Career exploration resources for students
  • Ongoing invitation to communicate with trainers throughout the schoolyear
WHEN:  August 10-12, 2021
WHERE:  Minnesota State Community & Technical College - Detroit Lakes
LODGING:  Discounted rate of $119/night available if booked by July 9, 2021 at Holiday Inn:  Detroit Lakes - Lakefront if booked by July 9, 2021
MEALS:  Lunch and snacks provided each day
REGISTRATION FEE:  $100/attendee 
Register HERE by August 3, 2021

DEED-VRS Funding for Minnesota Licensed Special Educators:

FREE Work-Based Learning Licensure Endorsement!

Funding from DEED-VRS will cover tuition (and associated fees), books, and supply costs to help special educators obtain a WBL licensure endorsement.  Funding will not include any applicable application fees for the PELSB licensure fee.
To be considered for funding, applicants must have a current Tier 3 or 4 Minnesota special education teacher license.  Special educators must obtain their WBL endorsement by September 30, 2022.
Qualifying Minnesota WBL teacher preparation programs are:
  • Lakes Country Service Cooperative
    • Contact:  Troy Haugen, thaugen@lcsc.org 
  • St. Cloud State University
    • https://www.stcloudstate.edu/ets/workshops.aspx
    • Contact:  Kurt Helgeson, krhelgeson@stcloudstate.edu
An additional program may be added at a later date.  
Please complete the online application and submit your resume or curriculum vitae to Alyssa Klein, Alyssa.Klein@state.mn.us.  E-mail Alyssa if you need an alternate application format.
DEED-VRS will review and score all applications that meet each deadline.  Applicants will be informed of whether they will be funded within one week after the deadline.  If funding remains, future application deadlines will be announced.
  • Deadline #1:  4:30pm on Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Deadline #2:  4:30pm on Friday, June 18, 2021 

Coming up... 

  • Career Fair Follow-up meeting (May 20)
  • Consortium Administrative Council Summer Retreat (June 9 & 10)
  • Beegle Certified Coaching Institute (June 17 & 18)
  • Updated Career Connections on my Career Navigator staff page:
    • Academic Year Opportunities
    • Internships
    • Job Opportunities
    • Scholarships
    • Summer Opportunities

Contact Your Career Navigator: 

Heather Schutte
Mobile: 507-251-6177
Email: hschutte@ssc.coop 
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