Monthly highlight from School District 622 - December 2017


submitted photo • As part of the Work-Based Learning programs at North and Tartan high schools, over 500 students within the last year have toured local businesses such as McGrath Manufacturing located in Maplewood.

submitted photo • Recently, Tartan High School hosted a seasonal hiring fair with 27 employers and over 250 students in attendance.

The Work-Based Learning programs at North and Tartan high schools offer experiential learning that connects a student’s career goal and classroom learning with a productive work environment.

Students in these programs participate in tours of local businesses, job shadowing, job sampling, internships and paid employment opportunities. Visiting speakers conduct mock interviews, discuss soft skills and share tips on writing an effective cover letter and resume.

Recently, Tartan High School hosted a seasonal hiring fair with 27 employers and over 250 students in attendance. It was a great way for students to meet potential employers and secure part time employment.

“Students regularly stop me in the hall and plead, “Please! Help me find a job!”” said Melissa Jorgenson, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Tartan. 

The fall hiring fair at Tartan helped students make good connections, and the employer feedback was fantastic. The school is considering hosting another hiring fair in the spring. 

Within the last year, over 500 students have toured local businesses and colleges including: Bonfe Plumbing and Heating, Emergency Automotive Technologies Inc., McGrath Manufacturing, the Laborers Training Center, St. Paul College, Century College and Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center. 

North High School has even hosted employers during lunch time to visit with students and discuss job opportunities.

These programs also featured a three-part manufacturing series where students met with industry leaders to learn about the field of manufacturing, completed mock interviews and toured Andersen Corporation in Bayport.

In addition to tours and special events, about 80 students districtwide participate in on-the-job training. Some students earn elective credit for working paid jobs outside of the school day.

These efforts are undergirded by the work happening in our classrooms to teach students how to get a job, keep a job and create a reasonable career plan. Students in the program have shown improvement in academic achievement and self-confidence.

As a district, we are proud of the work we’re doing and look forward to dramatically expanding career and technical pathways in District 622. 

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