MN FutureWork Series Fourteen

We Need a New Deal Between Higher Education and Democratic Capitalism
By Anthony Carnevale
Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce
January 23, 2017

The best of the best U.S. jobs are tech, tech and tech, again
By Marco della Cava
January 24, 2017

Teen labor force participation before and after the Great Recession and beyond
BLS: Monthly Labor Review
February 2017

Career, technical teachers in short supply at Minnesota schools
By Solvejg Wastvedt
Minnesota Public Radio
February 7, 2017

The Building Code Profession Is Dying Out, and That’s a Problem
By Jake Blumgart
Atlantic City Lab
February 8, 2017

Recent college grads now more likely to have good jobs, opportunity
By Gail MarksJarvis
Chicago Tribune
February 26, 2017

Why Millions of Americans Never Finish College
By Michael Lawrence Collins and Joel Vargas
February 27, 2017
Atlantic City Lab

MN FutureWork Series Thirteen

Why China’s cities will drive global growth
By Chang Ka Mun and Jaana Remes
September 7, 2016
Project Syndicate

Growing Demand for Caregivers
By Chloe Campbell
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
December 2016

A snapshot of Minnesota’s teacher shortage: Where are all of the career and technical educators?
By Erin Hinrichs
Minn Post
February 9, 2017

Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off
By Lisa Rabasca Roepe
Atlantic City Lab
February 1, 2017

The Best Websites — And Strategies — For Finding An Internship In 2017
By Karsten Strauss
February 2, 2017

How to Outsmart the Robots and Hold On to Your Job
By Hannah Morgan
US News and World Report
February 22, 2017

Demand for Bilingual Workers More than Doubled in 5 years, New Report Shows Newswire
March 1, 2017

MN FutureWork Series Twelve

8 ways cities can prepare for the future of work
By Brooks Rainwater
December 2, 2016,

‘Women’s work’ jobs keep millions of women in poverty, report finds
By Stacey McFadin
Food Tank
December 27, 2016

Homeschool Boom: 5 Homeschooling Trends to Watch in 2017
By Daniel Cruz
Grand Canyon University
December 29, 2016

U.S. intelligence agencies envision the world in 2035
By Patrick Thibodeau
January 10, 2017

On the job, and up the ladder
By Ann Harrington
Minneapolis Federal Reserve
January 19, 2017

Will Your Next Job Be Piloting Drones?
By Tiffany Kelly
Atlantic City Lab
January 27, 2017

Manufacturing job losses, yes, but gains for trained Minnesota workers
By Lee Schafer
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 18, 2017

Erick Lehet: A Math Teacher Teaches 21st Century Skills

Let us introduce to you, Erick Lehet. We heard so many good things about what he’s doing and the impact he’s had on career and technical education (CTE) students, that we spent time with him to find out what where he gets his energy and what he sees in CTE that others can learn from.

Picture of Erick Lehet with a great, big smile!
Erick Lehet, instructional coach/technical skill assessment coordinator at the Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center and recipient of the 2016 C. Thomas Olivo Outstanding Service Award.

Who are you and what do you do?

Erick Lehet: I’m Erick Lehet. I work at the Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center with many job titles such as Technical Skills Assessment & Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator, Instructional Coach, Lead Teacher, and Professional Development Chair.

Life is busy around the Lehet household as my partner and I work split shifts. I love being involved with my son’s elementary wrestling team two nights a week, coaching my daughter’s traveling hockey team three-plus nights a week, and celebrating the midpoint of earning my doctorate.  I love winter and participating in our weekly Mendota pond hockey league, where I am also a former city councilman. I’m super excited for our family trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer—we rented a motorhome!

Lehet: Before I came over to the world of career and technical education (CTE), I was a high school math teacher. The most common question I always got was, “When am I ever going to use this?”  In the world of CTE, I never hear that question.

As a high school math teacher, I always thought it was someone else’s job to help students plan for college and think about career choices. In CTE, our industry-trained instructors are balancing the responsibility of high quality pedagogy, students earning certifications/credentials, as well as having students explore the multitude of career and college options related to the training they are receiving. I just thought it someone else’s job to teach students 21st Century Skills—I had math standards to focus on. But in the world of CTE, 21st Century Skills are taught alongside state and national standards in the classroom. When we do this, students can see how the knowledge they’re acquiring applies to the real world around them. This is probably why I’m never asked by CTE students, when and where, they will use math. This combination ensures students are well-rounded and better equipped to confidently pursue higher education and embark on a career path that is sure to lead to success.

Can you think of one technical skill that every person should know how to do?

Lehet: Learn to read a ruler! It’s important.

Erick was awarded the 2016 C. Thomas Olivo Outstanding Service Award by NOCTI, the  nation’s largest provider of industry partner certifications and industry-based credentials for  career and  technical education programs. This is a national honor recognizing his dedication and commitment to CTE.