A row of cars and two wrenches on top of a laptop

St. Anthony - New Brighton Schools students who are planning to go to college or those seeking employment right after high school have an exciting opportunity to engage with our partners – the Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center (CTC) – to give them a competitive advantage with industry certifications, college credit, career exploration, employment preparation, experienced instructors and opportunities for scholarships.

On April 13, Board Vice Chair Laura Oksnevad had the opportunity to join a group of administrators, counselors and teachers in touring the CTC led by Jill Stewart-Kellar, Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education/Principal.  The group visited automotive technology, dental, medical/nursing, animal science and law enforcement programs and were able to hear from some incredible students about their experiences.  

Student experiences could include taking the class to see if it is something they would like to pursue in the future (or not), to getting industry certifications in their program and continuing to build their career portfolio.  Each student works with their instructor to develop their own career tree where they analyze their interests and passions and determine where on the career tree they want to move to (entry-level, technical, or professional) and work toward that goal; all the while they are working on academics, professional skills, and gaining valuable experiences. This image demonstrates the different careers of computer hardware/software and game design.

The CTC is excited to engage with St. Anthony - New Brighton Schools, By providing our students with these opportunities, students can look at building a career starting in high school. 

“We can go so far with this opportunity for our students. I see the career and tech program as part of a K-12 continuum, starting with career awareness in elementary school, moving to career exploration in the middle grades all the way up to building career skills, internships and even apprenticeships in high school. We’re looking forward to continuing this partnership,” said Vice Chair Oksnevad.  

Students in grades 11 and 12 can register for classes at 916 CTC through their school counselors.