Clearing the Way for Bright Futures

Career Academies develops and supports pathways for students to kickstart their futures and achieve successful careers. Greater Twin Cities United Way is on a mission to create economic opportunity and strengthen Minnesota’s future talent pool.

Career Academies unites school districts, post-secondary institutions, employers and nonprofits to empower students to obtain wealth-building and purpose-driven careers. Career Academies builds and grows career pathways through: 

  • Targeted funding  
  • Technical assistance  
  • Program coaching 
  • Convening partners to share best practices

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Building Career Pathways

District leaders, teachers, educators, administrators and post-secondary leaders create pathways that empower students to explore different careers, gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields, earn college credit, develop in-demand skills and kickstart meaningful careers.

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Navigating Careers

Families, community leaders, educators, employers and intermediaries play an essential role in helping youth make informed decisions and successfully enter the workforce to find meaningful, quality employment.

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Employer Engagement

Partnerships with local businesses, youth employment organizations, business associations and workforce intermediaries help develop career pathways that align with industry needs, create opportunities for hands-on work experiences and prepare the future workforce to tackle tomorrow's challenges.

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Growing a Movement

Support the statewide movement of advocates and allies who are on a mission to eliminate inequitable educational outcomes, close the racial wealth gap and strengthen Minnesota’s future talent pool.

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Impact in Action

An Opportunity for Bright Futures

Minnesota's students are capable of incredible things, and every student deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. By providing equitable and student-centered experiences, Minnesota can equip every student, regardless of background, with the tools they need to achieve fulfilling, successful careers.

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Transforming Inequity into Opportunity

Career pathways help bridge the gap and align public education, nonprofits and employment systems across Minnesota so that all students have pathways to wealth-building and purpose-driven careers.

Together, we can ensure students and young adults have equitable access to college credits, relevant curriculum, industry certifications and meaningful work experiences to obtain high-wage careers in high-demand industries.

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