The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative will expand program offerings in 2019-2020 school year by adding two new courses: Construction Trades & Technologies, and Business & Entrepreneurship.
The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness initiative is a unique partnership between the school districts of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul/Mendota Heights/Eagan. These districts are reimagining high school by collaboratively offering a new type of course to all TriDistrict students. Students from the three districts can venture off their high school campus and take courses onsite at partner businesses. Twin Cities Orthopedics is the host for the Healthcare Careers and Medicine course. North American Trailer hosts our Transportation Business and Technologies course.
Both courses are taught by interdisciplinary teams of teachers from TriDistrict high schools, though guest speakers from a variety of partner businesses make regular appearances. In the fall semester, in addition to career exploration, students learn the professional skills that work sites expect, and employers demand. In response to business partner feedback, students also are improving their writing, presenting and communications skills as they earn required core credit toward graduation.
In the spring semester, students complete an internship at one of the many business partners. Students work alongside professionals, engaged in authentic work and projects. Students are also assigned a mentor who helps hone their skills in the areas of communication, collaboration, time/project management, creativity, innovation, initiative, critical thinking, problem solving, integrity and trust.
The TriDistrict will expand program offerings in the 2019-2020 school year by adding two new courses: Construction Trades & Technologies, and Business & Entrepreneurship.
Our TriDistrict Programs are looking to partner with local businesses to help our students learn more about the professional environments and opportunities of our region. This could mean a partner would be a guest speaker or host a site visit for our students. Partners could even help our students have an authentic learning experience like an internship, mentorship, or job-shadow.