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By the year 2020, 74% of all jobs in Minnesota will require some form of education beyond high school - including: 

- job-based internships
- certifications
- two year degree programs
- baccalaureate degrees

Students must be ready for academic programs that align with their passions and prepare them for the high-demand, well-paying jobs that businesses are anxious to fill.

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Increasing Pathways to Postsecondary

The Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education have come together to reinvent the educational experience for our students. We must ensure that all Minnesotans - regardless of personal background or financial means - have an opportunity to go on to postsecondary education to prepare them for the jobs of the future. To meet Minnesota's growing workforce needs, it is essential that we redesign our educational systems to collaborate and form partnerships that leverage our resources and expertise to better serve students in communities across our state.

2014-2015 Pathways to Postsecondary Summits 2.0
MDE and MnSCU collaborated to offer several full-day summits across the state. These events brought secondary, postsecondary and business teams together in order to explore opportunities for new or expanded partnerships between systems.

Setting the Context

Success in the New Economy

In partnership with Citrus College in Southern California, this video was released in 2013 to help a broader audience be prepared for tomorrow’s labor market realities.  Leveraging his expertise in higher education and Career & Technical Education, Dr. Kevin Fleming adapted conference presentations and identified recent research literature to create this data-driven explanation. The end result is a compelling case for students to receive both hands-on, technical training as well as theoretical, classic education as part of a balanced approach to life and career preparation.

Report: Getting Prepared 2014

Overall, Minnesota does well in moving students from public high school to college. However, gaps in enrollment exist for key groups of students, including students of color and lower-income students. In addition, disparities in enrollment in developmental education exist for those same student groups. Read Getting Prepared 2014 for data on how well students are prepared for some form of postsecondary education.

Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data Systems (SLEDS)

SLEDS matches student data from pre-kindergarten through completion of postsecondary education and into the workforce. By bridging existing data with other incoming data, a range of education program and delivery questions can be answered to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students.

Graduate Employment Outcomes Tool

This tool, developed by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), shows how many recent Minnesota graduates found jobs in Minnesota’s labor market during the first year after graduation and their earnings one and two years after graduation. Read the news brief for a summary of findings and more information on how to use the tool.

Expanding Secondary/Postsecondary Partnerships

Jobs for the Future

Building on 30 years of experience, Jobs for the Future is working to fix all “leaks” along the education-to-career pipeline. Their goal is to ensure that employers have the skilled workers needed to succeed in today's economy. Their report, Early College Expansion: Propelling Students to Postsecondary Success, at a School Near You, shows that early college schools are propelling students from underserved backgrounds to graduate high school and earn postsecondary degrees. Watch videos about early college models on Jobs for the Future's YouTube channel.

An Exploratory Study of College Readiness Partnership Programs

College readiness partnership programs, co-sponsored by a college and K-12 organization, are designed to prepare high school students for college-level work. The current study examines 37 college readiness partnership programs in Texas and identifies their features, targeted students, and intended outcomes. It also examines the partnerships that created these programs.

Minnesota's Model Programs

Minnesota has many unique partnerships that offer students a variety of unique learning opportunities.

Increasing Career & College Readiness

Dual Enrollment Benefits At-Risk Students

Career-focused dual-enrollment programs can provide critical benefits to underachieving students and those underrepresented in higher education, according to a 2012 study by the Community College Research Center.

College Readiness for All Toolbox

Take the first steps to creating a college ready culture, and begin exploring the tools, resources, and activities available in the toolbox. Educators, guidance counselors, outreach professionals, and policy makers will find the tools easy to use and adaptable to meet the unique needs of all learning environments.

The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer

The Organizer is a graphic that displays a consolidated and overview of the many elements that impact a learner’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. It is intended to be a comprehensive and visual representation of the complexities of the college and career readiness and success universe. It can be used to facilitate discussions, contribute to strategic planning and decision making as well as alignment of strategies and initiatives to ensure that all learners achieve college and career readiness and success.

Statute 120B.125: Personal Learning Plans

Legislation requires all students, beginning no later than ninth grade, to have a Personal Learning Plan around 8 key elements. To access and download the Planning for Students' Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment Toolkit (pdf), visit the MDE's College and Career Readiness page.

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