• Seamlessly connecting employers, educators, and students in experiential and work based learning opportunities that connect learning to life and careers to classroom.

     

  • GET INVOLVED

    Employers get involved by linking your company logo, sharing your company story and videos, and posting opportunities that fit your schedule. 

    Schools register your school site to start engaging with local employers in fall of 2019!  To learn more about price and set up instructions, contact Sarah Ness at (507) 281-6678 or sness@ssc.coop. Dowload the letter of committment here.

    Students will have access to their own portal in late fall 2019. More information to come!

    FEATURES

    • Guest Speakers
    • Informational & Mock Interviews
    • Project Based Learning
    • Site Visits
    • Job shadows
    • Teacher Externships
    • Curriculum and Document Library
    • Guest Instructor Lessons
    • Booking & Event Management Tools
    • Inmail
    • Educator Approval Capabilities
    • Student & Employer Feedback Metrics

  • REGISTER YOUR PROFILE

    BUSINESS

    Access and attract future talent pipeline, share the benefits of working in their field and make a difference in your local community, provide employees with skills-based opportunities that support professional development and talent retention, and leverage young people’s innovative and diverse ideas.

    PROFESSIONAL

    Impact and positively alter the trajectory of students' lives by sharing their expertise and career experience

    EDUCATORS

    Find community resources such as guest instructors, site visit hosts, advisors, mentors, project providers, and much more.

    STUDENT

    Gain the skills, experiences, and knowledge to explore, learn, and connect to future career by accessing local companies and professionals directly.

    PARENT

    Connecting your children to qualified, professional support networks that can share the nature of their work and benefits of different career paths.


  • WHY FUTUREFORWARD?

    FutureForward stems from community conversations between employers and schools.  Local businesses are experiencing pressures on time, unheard of unemployment rates, and struggle to attract and retain talent. Schools are experiencing increased pressure and direction from national and state governing entities to connect and align their classrooms with businesses and industry. Both groups experience barriers like not knowing who to contact, inefficiencies in communication within organizations, repeat asks to large companies, limited equity for small and midsize businesses to participate due to awareness and capacity, and limited resources for rural communities. Both stakeholders want to do more with each other, but don’t know where to start.

    Employer Requests

    • Regional solution to be involved with multiple school districts
    • Make small and medium size businesses more competitive for engagement
    • control to participate when available.
    • A “Right Fit” vetting system to be sure the right student is matched with the right opportunities as to yield high engagement rates for both parties.  

    Educator Requests

    • Provide efficiencies in processes that connect with business
    • Connects students directly to industry to practice soft skills
    • A teacher approval system to align the best opportunities with student interests
    • Application of coursework in real world settings