• Career Navigator

    Career Navigators are contracted FTE positions available to support a constortium of schools and communities develop and sustain career-connected and experiential learning opportunities. This includes supporting educators and students to identify career opportunities in industries that provide promise for future job demand, sustainable wages, and potential for industry-recognized credentials that align to their interests and passions of students including, but not limited to, career clusters like career and technical educaiton and STEM. These experiential learning opportunities engage employers from multiple sectors and raise student awareness, engage the community in experiences, and provide career pathways for youth.  

    This position is an important contributor to providing leadership and support to students, teachers, parents, industry partners, and post-high school education partners (trades and colleges) in developing, iterating, innovativing, growing, and sustaining pipeline development. Southeast Service Cooperative hosts and supervise this position, and work is performed is under the guidance of community, industry, and education partners within the consortium.

    Services provided:

    • Alternative Tiered CTE & Work-Based Learning Licensure Support
    • Communications & Marketing 
    • Distance and Virtual Learning Support
    • Dual Credit Learning Assistance
    • Grant Writing
    • Multi-district CTE Program Development
    • FutureForward(TM) Strategic Planning, Integration Support, & Training 
    • Partnership Development
    • Regional Cooperative Career Courses & Pathways
    • Regional Event & Experiential Learning Coordination
    • Regional Networking & Community Presentations
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  • FutureForward  

    Think differently about talent pipeline development and career connected learning. FutureForward offers an easy way to support local economic prosperity, find and manage partners, set up and track career-connected learning activities, build relevant educator capacity and pipeline, and leverage young people's innovative and diverse ideas... continue reading.


    STEM Forward

    A collaboration of stakeholders from education and industry that work together to promote STEM excellence in our K-12 schools. 


    Alternative Tiered CTE & WBL Licensure

    In partnership with Lakes Country Service Cooperative and financed by the Rural CTE grant, Minnesota educators seeking to move to a Tier 3 or 4 Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Work Based Learning (WBL)  license can participate in this cohort style alternative licensure program. *Only select CTE content areas are available. View the Tiered Licensure Pathway Worksheet to understand the requirements for Tiers 1, 2, 3, & 4. For guidance on the best path forward, use the tool below to screen potential applicants and/or contact Sarah Ness.

    Tiered Licensure Pathway Worksheet (Screening Tool)


    Outstanding Industry Partner of the Year Awards

    Join local legislators, educators, employers, and professionals as we celebrate the connections made and partnerships developed over the past year to increase awareness of local careers that fuel our economy and career-connected learning opportunities that lead students to employment in those careers.

    This event will include:

    • Labor market updates
    • A Year in Review: Learn about the efforts that have taken place over the past year and the impact it's had on southeast Minnesota
    • The crowning of the Industry Partner of the Year Award

    Nominate an Industry Partner | Register to Attend Event | View Past Winners