What Is
NEXT Career

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.

Claire Peterlin

Hi! My name is Claire Peterlin, Director of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) Next Career Pathways program (what a mouthful). I am Iron Range – born and raised; originally from north of Virginia. I now call Lawrence Lake my home. I am a graduate of Itasca Community College and Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Iron Range Engineering program. I also am an alum of the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Masters in Engineering and am about to start my Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis on Leadership and Change from the College of St. Scholastica.

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.



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