• Career Pathways

    The district is introducing Career Pathways to help students plan for their future and gain valuable real-world skills. The program creates a guided path for kids and parents to follow as students prepare for future careers and potentially gain college credits in a specific field.

    ISD 318 has been working with Greenway and Nashwauk-Keewatin School District, Itasca Community College, and area business leaders to identify the needs of our future workforce while aligning class offerings with those needs.

    Current Pathways

    • Healthcare: For students interested in all areas of healthcare from Nursing Assistant to Doctor, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, etc. - click here to learn more.
    • Manufacturing: For students interested in designing and producing real products and solutions - click here to learn more.
    • New Pathway Course Opportunities:
      • Intro to Health Careers; Telepresence Course taught from Greenway High School for 9-10th Graders to Explore all Healthcare Careers
      • Manufacturing Career Internship; Student to Work Course for high school seniors interested in gaining work experience in manufacturing
      • Fabrication and Design; Student-led production business at GRHS for seniors where students decide what to produce with available technology and how to market to the community.

    What is the Career Pathways program?

    • A program that fosters student interest in their professional futures
    • It provides opportunities to gain valuable, real-world skills, both technical for their chosen trades and "soft" for working as professionals on teams and in diverse settings
    • Identity-building opportunity for students to discover who they want to be
    • A guided path for students and parents to follow to prepare for future careers
    • Community involvement in education meets the needs of local industries

    How it works

    • Educators and leaders assess the needs of industry for the future workforce
    • Educators and industry work together to create aligned programming to benefit students and their future employers
    • Programming includes courses, mentoring, activities, internships, tours, and/or job shadowing, which will help students gain personal identity as a future professional in their chosen pathway and grow a set of skills to prepare for post-secondary training, education and future career
    • Programming includes gateway classes to introduce the career opportunities and spark the interest through a capstone experience to demonstrate competency in career skill areas such as work-based learning or industry project opportunities
    • The student completes a set of courses in 9th through 12th grade and graduates with Certificate of Completion and recognition at graduation

    The benefits to students

    • Guidance - tools for students and parents to track a student’s path through high school and how to best prepare for their future occupation
    • Independence and maturity - growing a student’s future professional identity will make the transition to college or workplace smoother because of gained skills and understanding of their chosen workplace or career
    • Identity and Interest - activities and programming that intentionally grow a student’s passion for a career field, thus increasing significance in their learning
    • Work skills - providing a skill-growing curriculum and activities so students understand the job and knowledge required to be successful

    Who is eligible?

    • Programming starts as early as 8th grade and goes until 12th grade