Next Career Pathways is an Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) program. IASC was formed in 2005 as a joint collaborative of seven school districts—Nashwauk-Keewatin, Greenway, Grand Rapids and Bigfork, Deer River, Floodwood, Hill City, and Northland Remer—and Itasca Community College. IASC serves over 8,000 students in the Itasca area. The mission of IASC is to collaborate to most efficiently and effectively to educate all learners and to be the trusted provider of education, promoting economic opportunity and lifelong learning in the Itasca area.
The IASC Career Pathways project began in 2016 thanks to a generous School Collaborative grant from the Minnesota Department of Iron Resources andRehabilitation. This grant began the design of the collaborative Healthcare and Manufacturing Career Pathways between Nashwauk-Keewatin, Greenway, and Grand Rapids High Schools, and Itasca Community College. In Fall 2019, the program expanded with funding support from The Blandin Foundation and now includes all eight high schools of IASC. In 2020, IASC approved the addition of five new career pathways: Construction, Natural Resources, Education, Business, and Computer Science. The program includes over seventy educators across IASC and Northeastern Minnesota Higher Education District (NHED) college employees and many community agency and business and industry partners. IASC Next Career Pathways is student-centered workforce development.
Create opportunities for students to explore career options in needed workforce sectors of our region.
Provide experiences for students to gain skills needed for those careers that will prepare them for their post-secondary plans.
Provide the best educational programming across multiple districts and with business and industry that will prepare students to succeed in their futures.
Meet the Team!
BigFork High School
Robyn Heinle, Healthcare and Natural Resources
Stuart Ostendorf, Manufacturing and Construction
Deer River High School
Justin Isaacs, Construction
Sondra Tokarczyk, Manufacturing
Hannah Eckblad, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Floodwood High School
Shannon Rocco, Healthcare and Natual Resources
David Rohde, Manufacturing and Construction
Superintendent and Principal
Greenway High School
Pat Kittock, Business and Education
Allison Butterfield, Healthcare
Joe Umlauf, Healthcare
Kelly Paine, Healthcare
Ryan Kruse, Construction and Manufacturing
Natasha Maninga, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Grand Rapids High School
Jim Scherping, Business and Computer Science
Kim Jones, Business
Missy Bildeaux, Business
Stephanie Johnson, Business
Lisa Hain, Education
Shelly Lindstrom, Healthcare
Brandon LaDoux, Manufacturing and Construction
Matt Sandys, Manufacturing and Construction
Tim Larson, Manufacturing
Shawn Linder, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Hill City High School
Laurie Holm, Education
Cassandra Delung, Healthcare
Colby Gallagher, Manufacturing and Construction
Matt Aleva, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Itasca Community College
Nick Rothstein, Business
Steve Kohorst, Business
Anna Francisco, Education
Christine Mutchler, Education
Lynette How, Healthcare
Michelle Arnhold, Healthcare
Lee Kessler, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Meadow Koffield, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Ryan DeSantis, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Nashwauk-Keewatin High School
Riana Damjanovich, Healthcare
Steven Clouse, Manufacturing and Construction
Joe Gabardi, Manufacturing
Luke Adam, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Superintendent and Principal
Northland Remer High School
Mark Gravelle, Manufacturing and Construction
I feel very blessed to be a part of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative team designing a one-of-a kind program for the students and industries of our region. My personal philosophy is that the creative solutions for our problems exist within our community; we can do great work together by using our network as a resource for transformation. IASC continues to be a hub for incredible work in the Itasca area through empowering its people to make the changes they wish to see.
Join us as we partner with local businesses, education providers, economic development entities, and workforce development organizations in the IASC region.