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    Career and College Centers help prepare tomorrow’s workforce

    In the years ahead, it is clear that most regions of the country will not have enough qualified workers to fill the jobs available. The Minneapolis Saint Paul market is no exception. Anticipated retirements combined with fewer potential workers entering the market means Greater MSP businesses will have difficulty filling several hundred thousand positions; particularly those requiring higher skills.

    In 2005, recognizing this shortage, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce launched a program to help all high school students in Minneapolis schools successfully plan for their futures. The program is called the Career and College Initiative. It assists students in realizing their career and college goals by developing a specific, tailored plan to realize those goals. The program was developed with Achieve! Minneapolis, an independent non-profit organization supported by business, city government, Minneapolis Public Schools and individuals.

    Career and College Centers (CCC) are in place in all Minneapolis high schools and six contract alternative schools.  Working with Minneapolis School counselors, the CCC staff assists all students and their families. These centers enable every high school student to focus on their own personal career option and preferences.  Staff and volunteers will help each student develop a clear educational path to achieve their personal goals.  (Research shows that when preferences and options are evident to students their success rate rises dramatically as does their performance in school.)

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    Information For Students

    Every student has the chance to live the life of their dreams beyond high school. The possibilities are endless – earning a certificate from a technical school, pursuing higher education or entering a career. The choice belongs to each and every student.

    The Career and College Initiative works with community members, families and schools to ensure that all Minneapolis Public School students have a chance to explore the multitude of opportunities that life offers.

    Career and College Center coordinators, school counselors and community volunteers work with students to help them answer a series of questions using Naviance, an online career and college planning resource, to develop a customized My Life Plan. This plan guides students in grades 9–12 in transitioning from high school to further education and work.

    Stop by your Career & College Center and start developing your plan today.


    Information for Parents

    Greater student achievement is more easily obtained with parental involvement. The goal of AchieveMpls is to reach more families, and then provide appropriate resources designed to make them knowledgeable on how to become better engaged in their children’s college and career planning. We achieve this through:

    1. Connecting with Parents Where They Gather: This space may be as simple as a local grocery store, restaurant, beauty shop or laundry mat. Held in these places, a series of Parent Focus Groups, a Parent College Information Fair and a Community Forum provide parents with insight pertaining to their children’s future. Check the events page often to learn mroe about these events.
    2. Connecting with Parents One-on-One: We connect parents and families who have questions about planning for their children’s future with a Volunteer Parent Coach. Coaches have experience in navigating the complicated financial aid and college application processes, and will meet one-on-one with parents to help them be successful in supporting their student.
    3. Connecting Parents to College Campuses: The Parent College Tour offers parents a chance to visit Minnesota private and state colleges and universities. Parents spend a day with AchieveMpls staff members traveling and touring designated campuses to learn more about the admissions process, the difference between private and state colleges, cost variations, scholarship offerings, credit requirements, and entrance requirements (including the ACT and SAT tests).

    To become a resource for another parent or get help supporting your student as they plan for the future, contact Rose McGee at


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