Career Navigator Program for area Ninth Graders Expanded in its Second Year

The second year of the Career Navigator Program starts on Tuesday, tomorrow at South Central College (SCC). The program is designed to help ninth graders chart a course for future career success. Last year the program served 1,094 area students and this year expected to serve 1,880. “Ninth grade is the perfect time to start formally exploring different fields and the steps they need to take to achieve their goals,” said Jeannie Meidlinger, South Central College’s Secondary Relations Coordinator.

The Career Navigator enables ninth graders to explore the many career options available to them and learn about the academic preparation and technical skills needed to succeed. The program is a collaboration of South Central College, South Central Service Cooperative and area school districts in the South Central Perkins Consortium. The three entities work together to schedule schools from throughout the region for two all-day career exploration experiences at SCC.

The following schools are participating this year:

SCC North Mankato Campus

  • January 19 and February 2: Waseca, Butterfield, St. Clair, Sleepy Eye, Maple River, St. James
  • February 16 and March 23: New Ulm, LeSueur-Henderson, St. Peter, NRHEG, Minnesota Valley Education District
  • March 2 and March 16: United South Central, LCWM, Blue Earth, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Alden-Conger, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Tri-City United

SCC Faribault Campus

  • January 26 and February 23: Faribault, Medford

The Career Navigator program includes a Skills Assessment to determine interests, talents and strengths; Exploration of six different career areas and the work skills needed for each field and Development of an education plan for high school and beyond. The program also provides a valuable resource for counselors and teachers as they help students in their career exploration throughout the year.