1. Sharpen the Saw
Sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to sharpen your skills. A dull axe won’t cut a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one. Spend one day learning from your peers about innovations in the classroom and workforce development practices.
2. New Tools
Companies often have tools to display that we haven’t seen yet. Technology that make us more efficient, better positioned to make informed decisions, or give us some other sort of edge. Explore the Technology Gallery Walk to learn about quality online and other technology tools for teaching and career exploration.
3. Learn in a New Space
Minnesota schools are experiencing a teacher shortage in several critical areas.
According to Education Minnesota, the hardest positions to fill are in special education, math and science. There is also a need for more teachers to lead Career and Technical Education classes in high schools.
The state also has low numbers of teachers of color compared to Minnesota’s diverse student bodies.
Qualified teachers can apply for financial incentives to work in classrooms. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education announced The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program. Created in 2015 by the State Legislature, and signed into law by Governor Dayton, the program is intended to encourage teachers to teach in designated Minnesotan shortage areas.
According to OHE, Qualifying teachers who apply by June 30, 2016 may be eligible for repayment assistance of $1,000 per year, up to a total of $5,000. OHE estimates that 194 awards will be made for the 2015-2016 award year, with as many as 1,940 annual awards made through 2019.
Teachers can apply for the loan repayment program who:
- Hold a teaching license issued by the licensing division in the Minnesota Department of Education on behalf of the Board of Teaching
- Are employed by a school district to provide classroom instruction
- Teach in a designated teacher shortage area; and
- Have outstanding qualified educational loan debt.
by Jared Reise~
Two and a half years ago, I was contemplating going back to school for the first time in a long time.
After I started my education journey, I dished out advice at the midway point of my studies.
Today, I can say that I have successfully completed the Minneapolis Community & Technical College’s Screenwriting track in Cinema Studies. I’m a step closer to my associate degree.
There’s still more to come for me. And you can start or redirect your own back-to-school journey.
The Education Program at The Kresge Foundation has published an Ecosystem Solution Infographic. This is a response to the finding that only 1 in 10 students from low-income families will earn a bachelor’s degree by age 25. Continue reading
Minnesota Senator Al Franken toured Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead last week. The college showcased its programs that pair students with local industry for work-based learning. Senator Franken acknowledged that what MSCTC and other community colleges are doing to connect student learning with employer needs is working.
The Senator’s visit gave him the opportunity to talk about his proposed legislation called the “Community College to Career Fund Act.” It would create a competitive grant program supporting partnerships between community colleges and local businesses. This funding opportunity aims to eliminate the skills gap between job candidates and industry needs.
Read more about the Senator’s visit to MSCTC from Agweek.
Featured image courtesy Craig Willford through Creative Commons 2.0.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is one of many state and national leaders to recognize February 2016 as Career and Technical Education Month. The acknowledgement of secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by the governor, the U.S. Senate and others serves as a reminder of the important work our educators do everyday to help students succeed in their college and career goals.
With that in mind, Minnesota CTE took the opportunity to ask Ron Anderson, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), to reflect on CTE’s contributions to the state. Anderson speaks about the success of MnSCU’s CTE students, remembers his mentors, and talks about the role CTE plays in our states education and economic systems.
by Misun Bormann, HealthForce Minnesota~
It started small when 66 students came to Winona State for a week-long residential health careers camp. However, Scrubs Camp has now grown by leaps and bounds!
by CTE MN ~
CTE Minnesota’s own Jeralyn Jargo is featured in the latest National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) blog article.
Our new State Director speaks about where she came from, and what she has planned for Career Technical Education in Minnesota.
Read all about it!
by Jared Reise~
I have to admit it: Data gives me a headache. It’s just not my thing. But in my Career Technical Education unit, it’s a necessity.
Looking at the raw numbers is what drives funding, initiatives, the whole bit. Without data, we don’t know how our education or workforce programs are helping students succeed.
by Cathy Rajtar ~
Would you like to apply for a job with the State of Minnesota? The state government is the largest employer in Minnesota, employing more than 50,000 employees. State jobs are known to offer good benefits and challenging work.