Education & Outreach

As an organization, it is our goal to raise public awareness of our profession and the value that our services add to the public’s every day quality of life. We also strive to create a sustainable and diverse work force through STEM outreach initiatives and by supporting relevant educational programs at the K-12 and college levels. Our success in advancing these objectives is rooted in the individual efforts and leadership of our members – through your participation in Chapter committees, your leadership within your own organization, and your individual volunteerism in support of our Chapter’s variety of activities.
 
APWA-MN has recently collaborated with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to identify potential partnerships and opportunities that can support the public awareness and outreach initiatives of our Chapter while giving students exposure and hands-on educational opportunities to learn about Public Works.
 
The Department of College and Career Readiness (CCR) within MPS helps students explore a variety of careers and pathways to these careers; whether these pathways include a post-secondary education or other types of workforce training. CCR has multiple programs, already in place, that are structured to partner with individuals and organizations like ours. These are established programs that you or your agency/company can plug into to provide educational opportunities relative to Public Works. Some of these programs include the following:
 
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way is a national program, established within MPS, that promotes pre-engineering courses for high school students.
 
STEP-UP Achieve
STEP-UP Achieve connects employers with the next generation of talented and diverse workers through internship opportunities – placing 800 Minneapolis youth (ages 16-21) each year in paid internships with 160 Twin Cities companies and agencies.
 
Jobs for America’s Graduates
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a national program dedicated to preventing student dropout and focusing on pathways to career, life, and college readiness among young people who face significant barriers to academic and career success.
 
Career and Technical Education/STEM Team
MPS STEM Career Development Coordinators work with all CCR divisions and programs in order to connect classroom learning to the world of work.

This page is intended to make you aware of these partnership opportunites with Minneapolis Public Schools and to encourage you and your organization's participation in their programs.
The following is a brief summary of some of the opportunities that would be well-suited for APWA-MN member and organizations:

Serving as a Classroom Guest Speaker
telling your story about public works and the role that you play. What attracted you to the profession? What was your educational path?
 
High School Student Internships
exposure to the fields of Public Works and Engineering, as appropriate for minors or young adults. Help students determine what post-secondary or other continuing education choices they should make in support of a future career.
 
Serve as a Field Trip Destination
allow your city or organization to serve as a “classroom” for a day or two. Provide student tours of your communities, its infrastructure, and how it all works.
 
Provide a Job Shadowing Opportunity
Similar to a field trip, but more one-on-one between you and a single student for a half or full day.

     You're Interested, Now what do you do?     
Minneapolis Public Schools has a number of advocates prepared to plug you in! The following contacts can direct you to opportunities that you are most interested in:

Classroom Guest Speaker Opportunities
Venessa Moe, Jobs for America’s Graduates
612-668-0833
 
Jenny Yang, Gear UP
612-668-0567
 
Paul Kylm, CTE/STEM
612-668-0424

High School Student Internship Opportunities
Venessa Moe, Jobs for America’s Graduates
612-668-0833
 
Paul Kylm, CTE/STEM
612-668-0424

Field Trip Opportunities
Venessa Moe, Jobs for America’s Graduates
612-668-0833
 
Jenny Yang, Gear UP
612-668-0567
 
Sara Etzel, CTE/STEM
612-668-0424

Job Shadow Opportunities
Terry Henry, Department of Career and College Readines
612-300-8489
 
Sara Etzel, CTE/STEM
612-668-0424

Mentoring Opportunities
Richard Gibson, Big Brothers Big Sisters
651-789-2474
 

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