Can February March? No, but April May.
Can February March?  No, but April May.

February 2021

Career Navigator News is a monthly newsletter from your Career Navigator, Heather Schutte.
Surging Southland Robotics Program
Worthy of the accolades, the Southland Robotics program is thriving and is being noticed!  Just seven years into the program, student participation has exploded.  In particular, an all-girl team funded by grant money adds to the numbers that started with a few students now includes over 50 middle and high schoolers.  Located at the front of the newly renovated school, the Southland Robotics program is more visible to the public.  
The Southland community has witnessed the positive results of the robotics program and is among its strongest advocates.  "They were all in," Paul Mortenson said about the district.  "They see the value in this for the next generation and it's not going away.  Robotics is moving ahead and we're making sure we are sending out a prepared student."  

Check out the article in the Austin Daily Herald.
Girls Who Code
Summer Immersion Program
As an SSC partner, interested students in SMEC have exclusive access to the Girls Who Code's Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable 2-week FREE virtual summer experience!  
Current 9th - 11th-grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply.  SIP is 100% free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify.  
Early acceptance deadline in mid-February and remember to affiliate with us, Southeast Service Cooperative - Rochester Area Math Science Partnership, as your Community Partner on your application to receive priority consideration.
National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp is a FREE 3+ week experience for 2 delegates from each state. This camp usually occurs in the mountains of West Virginia, but this year it will be held virtually from June 28 – July 21.
Eligible 2021 seniors must apply by February 28, 2021 and the Minnesota Department of Education will select the two Minnesota delegates who will attend this year.
Apply today: 
March is Postsecondary Month
Click on the picture below to register!

This month... 

  • SMEC Principal and Admin Council meetings (February 11)
  • Riverland Partnership Team meeting (February 18)
  • FutureForward™ training for students at Southland and L-O
  • Gearing up for Postsecondary Month in March on FutureForward™ 
  • SMEC Career Wheels

Contact Your Career Navigator: 

Heather Schutte
Mobile: 507-251-6177
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