Top 5 Reasons YOU Should Be at the 2016 Minnesota CTE Works! Summit

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

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The Almost Graduate: Part III of an Adult Learner's Back-to-School Journey

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.

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Sen. Franken Tackles Skills Gap During MN College Visit


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

Careers For People Who Love Animals

~by Monica Gomez

If you love animals, there is a wide array of careers where you can turn your passion into a living while making a positive impact on the lives of pets and their owners. From working in animal shelters and assisting veterinarians to opening your own business, opportunity knocks.
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Parents Underestimate Potential of These STEM Careers

by Denise Felder~

Employers and educators know that young people with interests and skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are likely to qualify for a wide range of high-paying careers.

For example, a Mechanical Drafter in Minnesota could earn $18 an hour to start. The median wage for Drafters with an Associate’s degree is almost $27 an hour.

Potential students and job seekers, however, often don’t know about the innovative work and high earning potential that manufacturing careers offer. And parents of potential students — who influence what their children study in college — have misconceptions about what it’s really like to work in manufacturing.

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Think You Know Career Tech? Think Again

by Denise Felder ~

When I started working for the state’s Career Technical Education (CTE) leadership a few months ago, I thought I knew what CTE was, but I had no idea.

Like many people, I thought CTE classes were for high school students to learn a manual trade instead of preparing for college. Well, like many people, I thought wrong.

I didn’t know what I didn’t know about CTE.

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Don’t Mess With a Theater Tech

by Jared Reise ~

“Um… you can’t do that.”

12s05jc072Diane, the Fringe Festival Theater Technician assigned to my venue, had a definitive no-nonsense demeanor; one hand on the light-board controls and one on her stopwatch. Time was of the essence, and I only had a few hours to get my show to pass her standards or the show would not go on.

“It’s not really duct tape, so it won’t tear at anything,” I explained. Diane had halted my ingenuity and dynamic vision as a theatre artist. She was about to ruin everything. But surely, my little show about three guys who wake up in a can of oatmeal could get away with a little tape on the wall.

“Doesn’t matter,” Diane replied. “No tape along the back wall.” I had to respect her responsibilities to the theater. She has to run a dozen other performance groups like mine with similar “challenges” through the gauntlet. But Diane was about to bring reality crashing down into our oatmeal madness.

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