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Here are some community events that you might be interested in!

WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE

Tuesday, February 7th 2023
Thursday, February 16th 2023
Thursday, February 23rd 2023
Tuesday, February 28th 2023

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IASC NEXT Career Pathways Teacher Spotlight

Shelly Lindstrom is a science teacher at the Grand Rapids High School who teaches courses in the healthcare career pathway. Lindstrom has known for some time that students need opportunities to expand their healthcare experiences beyond the walls of the classroom. In November 2022, GRHS became a chapter of HOSA. HOSA is an organization that promotes health care career opportunities and prepares students to pursue careers in the field. HOSA meets twice a month and focuses on leadership, education and service. So far, students have organized and ran a Christmas party for DCD/ASD students and host a different healthcare speaker every month. We are now looking forward to attending our first HOSA competition. Competitions are designed to motivate members to improve their knowledge and skills.

IASC NEXT Career Pathways Student Spotlight

Noah Jetland is a junior at GRHS. He is currently taking Anatomy 3 in the healthcare pathway. He is also HOSA’S Vice President. Noah’s future career plans are to attend ICC and then the University of Minnesota to pursue a nursing degree. Noah is passionate about the opportunities HOSA brings to students. His favorite component is the healthcare speakers. “I feel like I have a lot of general knowledge about healthcare, but I always walk away thinking – I didn’t even know that was a thing. The speakers have broadened my awareness and helped me think about my own career path.” Noah also values the leadership opportunities HOSA offers and the opportunity to meet regularly with other students who share the same interest in healthcare. For underclassman who have limited opportunities to take healthcare electives, the exposure to healthcare in the meetings is very valuable.

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What’s NEXT For Us – Upcoming Events

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Range Engineering Council to host STEM Mentoring Nights-great opportunity to learn about STEM fields! Representative from local companies and regional colleges will be on hand to answer any questions! Event is geared towards 9-12th grade and their parents.

Wednesday, Nov 16th 5-7 

Barr Engineering Co. Hibbing, MN

Thursday, Nov 17th 5-7 

Komatsu Mining Virginia, MN

 

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Minnesota North – Mesabi Eveleth Campus Open House

December 1st 2022 9:30am-1:00pm
Grades 9th – 10th

Teachers and counselors contact christopher.vito@minnesotanorth.edu to register to bring a group of students.

 

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NE Minnesota Workforce Trends and Careers of Tomorrow
December 7th 9:00-10:30am via zoom
Click on link to register
https://bit.ly/NE-MN-workforce-trends

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What’s NEXT For Us – Student/Teacher Spotlight

 

Joe Gabardi, an industrial technology teacher at Nashwauk-Keewatin ISD #319 in Nashwauk, MN, has been named one of 50 finalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.
“I have always found it very rewarding to take a shop tour, then on the way home listen to the kids talk about the fact we have the same equipment, and they have been using it successfully for years. I love hearing kids say, “Mr. Gabardi, we have that same machine. I can do that!” This year a record 768 applications were received from 50 states. Nashwauk-Keewatin School District

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What’s NEXT For Us – School Spotlight

GRHS Business students in Jim Scherping’s InDesign class are working with Up North Embroidery & Itasca Economic Development Corporation to develop a new logo for Up North Embroidery!!

What a great way to wrap up #nationalmanufacturingmonth!
Last Month 85 Student from 8 Itasca Area Schools- Collaborative High Schools toured 6 businesses in 2 Northern MN Communities! Thanks to ASV/Yanmar, Cast Corporation, Detroit Reman, L&M Radiator, Northland Machine + Swan Machine!
#nationalmanufacturingmonth

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What’s NEXT For Us – Student/Teacher Spotlight

IASC NEXT Career Pathways Teacher Spotlight

Natasha Orhn, Agriculture and Natural Resources teacher for Greenway High School and FFA advisor, has been involved in IASC NEXT Natural Resources Career Pathway since the Fall of 2018. When she started teaching at Greenway and heard about Career Pathways, she was happy to jump in and help develop the program. She has worked with teachers in Deer River and Grand Rapids to develop a pathway that fits the needs of the changing Natural Resources Industry. Students in her classes have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences through field trips, career development events and many labs. 

Natasha hopes to continue growing and strengthening the Natural Resource Pathway at Greenway and the entire IASC area. She has had the opportunity of seeing kids go through the program and then start their college education. Many students have come back and expressed how helpful the connections they made through her class and field trips. Natasha is excited to see the program grow and develop to meet the needs of our community and industry. 

IASC NEXT Career Pathways Student Spotlight

Athena Olson began her Natural Resources Career Pathway as a ninth grader at Greenway High School. She is currently in her second year of the program and plans to continue it through her senior year. Athena got her first experience for agriculture classes in Mrs. Orhn’s Exploratory Ag Science class in 7th and 8th grade. Athena’s family has a small hobby farm and her family owns an excavating company. She has a family history of agriculture and FFA and knew she wanted to participate in FFA and the Natural Resources Career Pathway.
 

Athena is the current FFA president of the Greenway FFA chapter. She has had the opportunity to compete in numerous soil contests and will be advancing to the State FFA Soils Contests in April. Through Career Pathways, Athena was able to share her love for soil with students in fifth through eighth grade, last year at the Greenway Middle School Career Day. She used an edible soil horizon to teach the students about the importance of soil and each of the layers’ properties. Athena was able to attend the Future Forest Stewards Event in Grand Rapids and learn about the career opportunities in Natural Resources. 

Athena hopes to gain skills in Natural Resources as she continues her high school journey. Upon completion of high school, she is not positive what she wants to do but hopes to attend some form of training in Natural Resources or Plant Science or work with her family in the excavating company. She is thankful for the opportunities that Career Pathways has given her and can not wait to see what the future holds for her. 

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What’s NEXT For Us – Upcoming Event

 

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Iron Range Construction Career Night

Monday October 17th 5:30-7:00

Career Focused event for any one to learn about the trades through hands on activities, and talking to business professionals. More info here.

 

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Save the Date for Manufacturing Tours

As part of National Manufacturing Month, IASC NEXT Career Pathways is planning for student tours either October 27th or 28th at local manufacturing sites. Details coming soon.

 

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Minnesota North – Mesabi Eveleth Campus Open House

December 1st 2022 9:30am-1:00pm
Grades 9th – 10th

Teachers and counselors contact christopher.vito@minnesotanorth.edu to register to bring a group of students.

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Welcome to our NEXT School Year – School Spotlight

The colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED); Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College have merged and become a single institution with six campuses – now called: Minnesota North College.

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“Operationally merging our colleges leverages the resources, talents, and marketability that comes with a larger, regional college yet maintains the cherished individual campus identities and community connections. Students will benefit from a seamless educational experience along with expanded access to courses, programs, support services, and the team of experts that serve our six campuses. Working regionally, Minnesota North College will be able to provide a comprehensive response to our business and industry partners, which aligns with our vision of being a catalyst for regional prosperity,” Minnesota North College’s President Mike Raich said.

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The most important rational for merger is the improvement of services to students and stakeholders which will be improved in a one-college operating model. With the one-college model, students will take courses across our campuses (instead of across colleges) with a single transcript and a single bill, as well as a simplified registration and financial aid processes while still benefiting from local, on-campus services. Students will have increased access to a more robust selection of courses and career programs. A single college will lead to more clear and consistent collaborative efforts with regional K-12 and industry partners as well.

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Welcome to our NEXT School Year – News & Highlights

 

IASC NEXT Career Pathways welcomes back all of our teachers, counselors and administrators!

We thank you for your commitment to IASC students and wish you the very best this year!

 

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Teachers, counselors and business partners gathered at the Timberlake Lodge and Hotel on September 1, to hear about the need for work-based learning in our career pathways programs.

Tamarah Fields and JoLynn Fletcher from NC3T presented information and trends in education and the workforce. Each group discussed challenges that our schools and businesses face, and ways that we can work together to help students find careers that are fulfilling.

School and Pathway teams will plan work-based learning activities for the coming school year…everything from guest speakers to business tours.

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On August 3rd – 4th, over 30 students across IASC and other districts in NE Minnesota attended Scrubs Camp hosted at Hibbing Community College. Students had the opportunity to learn about different healthcare professions such as nursing, mental health, respiratory therapist, paramedic, surgical tech, pharmacy, information technology and healthcare administration. Check out what one camper had to say:

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Minnesota North College-Hibbing Campus Tech Career Day

Friday, September 30th 10:00am-1:20pm.
Open to students in grades 10-12.

Includes tours/hands-on presentations of college technical programs, information about liberal arts options, a free lunch, and t-shirts for all who attend.
Email Jessica.matvey@minnesotanorth.edu to register.

 

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2022 Iron Range STEM Showcase

Friday October 7th

Over 50 hands-on demonstration’s and activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

 

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Iron Range Construction Career Night

Monday October 17th 5:30-7:00

Career Focused event for any one to learn about the trades through hands on activities, and talking to business professionals. More info here.

 

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Save the Date for Manufacturing Tours

As part of National Manufacturing Month, IASC NEXT Career Pathways is planning for student tours either October 27th or 28th at local manufacturing sites. Details coming soon.