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New Program Helps Students Recover Credits While Learning About Career and College Opportunities

June 16, 2021

Two students holding up notesA new program called Summer Scholar Career Exploration is helping high school students who struggled during the school year recover credits and learn about career and college opportunities. The program kicked off on Monday, June 14 at Dakota County Technical College, which is partnering with Lakeville North and South High Schools, Lakeville Area Learning Center, Rosemount High School and local businesses.

Students meet at the college three days a week. They spend 2.5 hours each day for English Credit Recovery, learning the skills to be ready for their senior year. Each week the students spend two to three hours with hands-on sessions focused on career pathways. In these sessions, students learn about job skills needed, career outlook, pathways for success, and salary potential. The career pathways students learn about in these sessions are in architecture, industrial engineering, heavy duty truck, nursing, HVAC, and biomedical equipment technology. Everything students learn in these career exploration sessions is woven back into their English Credit Recovery lessons.

Dakota County Technical College“No pathway to graduation is the same and every pathway is perfect,” Lakeville North principal, Kim Budde, told students at the kickoff to the program. “I believe this program is about having hope and having opportunities because we know you’re good at a lot of things and we want to be able to help you find those things because they may be things you haven’t even thought of yet,” said Principal Budde. 

Summer Scholar Career Exploration runs through July 30. A donation from an anonymous local foundation with a matching grant from the DCTC Foundation and Interstate PowerSystems made the first two years of this program possible.