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Jobs for the Future Pathways to Prosperity

Jobs for the Future Pathways to Prosperity network, a Career Academies partner, is boldly reimagining how U.S. education and workforce systems meet state and regional talent needs and prepare young people for careers.

Pathways Team Brainstorm Guide

This resource guide provides advice for facilitating group meetings and discussions and soliciting input from stakeholders.

Defining Good Jobs

Good jobs are the foundation of an equitable economy that lifts up workers and families and makes businesses more competitive globally. The Departments of Commerce and Labor have partnered to identify what comprises a good job. These eight principles create a framework for workers, businesses, labor unions, advocates, researchers, state and local governments, and federal agencies for a shared vision of job quality.

The Big Blur: An Argument for Erasing the Boundaries Between High School, College, and Careers —and Creating One New System That Works for Everyone

This paper argues for a radical restructuring of education for grades 11–14—by erasing the arbitrary dividing line between high school and college—to open opportunities for the learners our current systems leave behind. We make the case for an entirely new type of institution—neither high school nor college—designed specifically to better meet the needs of young people after 10th grade and help prepare them to succeed in the world of work.

Career Force

CareerForce is Minnesota’s official career exploration and job search resource. CareerForce staff and partners serve job seekers and employers throughout Minnesota and all career force services are available at no fee.

Minnesota Career Wheel

The Minnesota Career Wheel uses career fields, clusters and pathways powered by workforce data to inform programs of study.

Career Highways

This AI tool helps students explore potential careers, pathways and resources.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education: Preparing for College

Minnesota's Office of Higher Education provides resources for building knowledge and confidence to enroll in postsecondary options.

Dallas Virtual Internship Toolkit

This toolkit provides practice-informed guidance to help employers and school staff develop high-quality, virtual internship experiences.

North Star Promise Scholarship Toolkit

This toolkit supports students in accessing the North Star Promise Scholarship, which provides free tuition for students with a family Adjusted Gross Income below $80,000.

Minnesota's Vanishing Workforce

This report discusses Minnesota's demographic drought and strategies we can use to mitigate changes in the workforce.

Workplace Mentoring Workbook

This workbook provides a comprehensive guide to developing workplace mentoring.

Prioritizing Mentorship in the Workforce

This website includes resources and communication materials about the importance of mentorship in the workplace and how businesses can expand their opportunities for young people.

Advance Career and Technical Education: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work

Advance CTE's website includes accessible resources and communication materials around the benefits of career and technical education.

Minnesota State Centers of Excellence

Minnesota State University's eight Centers of Excellence collaborate with industry and educators to attract and prepare students for success in high-demand careers.

Minnesota State Southern Agriculture Center of Excellence

Led by Central College, this center serves to promote and establish agricultural education excellence in Minnesota across the industry.

Transferology Network

Useful for planning courses, advising and sharing with students, this tool outlines how colleges will award transfer credit for different types of coursework.

Social and Emotional Learning Toolkit

Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps youth to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others, and persevere when faced with challenges.

Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System

The SLEDS system uses student and career data help organizations gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students.

CareerSafe: Tools students need to successfully enter the workforce.

This online training provider offers affordable safety and health training and an industry-recognized credential that holds value for a lifetime.

Career One Stop (US Department of Labor)

This resource, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a one-stop shop for information on career exploration, training and jobs.

Federal Funding Streams for Children and Youth Services

This database helps communities find federal funding available to states, tribal areas, counties, cities, towns, school districts, and local nonprofit organizations to support children and youth.

The Network for College Success: Postsecondary Success Toolkit

This organized toolkit includes information, resources and videos critical to implementing postsecondary work in high schools.

Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)

The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) is a comprehensive online career exploration system that offers career, educational and labor market information.

Minnesota Regional Labor Market Information

This toolkit outlines information and resources for providing high-quality youth work experiences and services.
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