career exploration

Help students to understand and evaluate available jobs, their income ranges and required skills. Dream job venn diagram

career expo logo
10th Grade Career Expo: March 15, 2017

Construct Tomorrow LogoConstruct Tomorrow – Trades Industries Oct. 24-25, 2017 
Students participate in an interactive career fair that provides hands-on experiences in each of the construction trades, introducing students to union apprenticeship opportunities. 

Know Before You Go

South Central College Career Day: Oct. 27, 2017
Work-Skills Competition: May 2018

Superintendents touring the PAES Lab located at Southern Plains Education Cooperative.Practical Assessment Exploration System labs include a curriculum that operates in a simulated work environment. Students become employees and the teachers become the supervisors. Strict work procedures are followed so students get the feel of real employment, as well as learn and explore new career and vocational employment opportunities. The goal of a student participating in a PAES experience is to ultimately be paired with a work opportunity and transition to employment. 
The following special education units currently have PAES labs in place: 

  • Mankato Area Public Schools (2)
  • River Bend Education District
  • Southern Plains Education Cooperative
  • Waseca Area
  • Ready, Set, Go Minnesota College and career readiness resources include accelerated course options, tools for students to be successful in high school and prepare them for their postsecondary experiences, information for families on how to access opportunities, and an interactive curriculum resource area for educators to support these goals.
  • CAREERwise Education Minnesota State resources for career exploration, education and training, and employment information.
  • Minnesota Career Pathways Programs of study detail sequences of courses, clubs and other activities, for students in middle school through college that prepares them for careers.
  • Pathways to Success: A Guide for Minnesota Parents A 24-page publication for parents, “Pathways to Success: Helping Your Minnesota Teen with College and Career Decisions,” has information about career clusters, high-demand occupations and ways to help your teen prepare for these careers.
  • Student Organizations Engage community and local businesses to help students understand career pathways and to bring relevance to the classroom. Students participate in industry-based competitive events and leadership experiences at school, state and national levels. In addition, a community service component offers opportunities for students to develop 21st-century skills that are focused on creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and goal setting.