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.
- 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