Creating a Career and Education Plan


by Tricia Dahlman ~

The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan.   10s08jc0086The plan should include these key elements:

  • academic scheduling
  • career exploration
  • career and employment-related skills
  • community partnerships
  • college access
  • all forms of postsecondary training
  • experiential learning opportunities

Most schools already address these areas in a variety of ways. The new legislation is an opportunity to formalize some activities or add new areas to what is already done. The creation of a plan will help engage students by recording what they learned about themselves and their future choices. Continue reading

Underemployed? Here are 5 ways to spend your extra time.


by Teri Fritsma

Are you underemployed? You’re not alone.

According to February’s estimates, about 14.8 percent of Americans were categorized as either un– or underemployed.  (This definition includes people who are marginally attached to the labor force or are working part-time when they’d rather be working full-time).  

If this is you (or even if it isn’t) here are 5 ways to spend your time.

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