20 August 2020
Today I participated in the Forest Lake Area High School and Lakes Center for Youth and Families 2nd Annual Career Launch Business Summit.
Career Launch is designed to foster partnerships with area businesses to provide students experiential learning opportunities while creating exposure for our business partners. The Business Summit is an opportunity for business, high school, and government representatives to connect and better understand how we can work with one another to help one another. For the 2020-21 school year, Career Launch has four focus areas: agriculture, manufacturing/engineering, automotive/diesel, and health care.
During the 2019-20 school year, Career Launch was able to expand in several ways including the addition of a professional skills development course in which students also earned their OSHA 10 certification; and a work-based learning course in which students earned high school credit, earned a wage, and most importantly learned new skills. All of this was possible because of your efforts.
Find out more at: https://www.flaschools.org/careerlaunch
This program is leading the way to introduce students to interesting careers in our area and prepare them to use their passions and skills. Equipping our youth to make important career decisions based on hands-on experiences is the type of thought leadership that gets me excited about how our area schools are focusing on preparing students for our Minnesota Workforce.
For students exploring apprenticeship “earn while you learn” careers in Minnesota’s robust Construction and Building Trades careers, Construction Careers Foundation has a website: constructioncareers.org. On this website, students can watch videos, connect directly with Union Training Centers (JATCs) and they can download the Construction Trades app to opt in to direct messages from their trades of choice. For more information and any questions contact Sarah Lechowich at 651-274-2521 or Sarah.Lechowich@mnccf.org.
I want to thank the Forest Lake Area High School for this great presentation, for working in the best interests of students and getting this information out to business leaders in our community.
Offering our students a path to a solid career is what education is all about.
Contacts about this program:
Molly Bonnett- College and Career Coordinator at FLAHS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mike Miron- CTE Coordinator at FLAHS (email@example.com)
Jenna Jones- Asst. Executive Director at Lakes Center for Youth and Families (Jenna.Jones@lc4yf.org)
I will post more information on this opportunity as it is shared with me.