College and Career Preparation

All Minnesota students need to be prepared to move successfully from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options. The Minnesota Department of Education helps Minnesota students and educators address the opportunities and new expectations of the 21st century, including global competition, rapidly changing technologies, and the emergence of careers unheard of a generation ago.

We provide and support the development of quality tools and strategies, centralize and disseminate resources, and develop and promote models that successfully implement multiple pathways to postsecondary training or college.

You will find resources for school counselors, students and parents designed to help students explore opportunities and create an education plan that matches their interests, strengths and abilities.

Planning for Students' Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment
Legislation requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan. This plan should include academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st Century Skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities. This guide provides resources in all eight required areas, as well as strategies and partnerships that can help implement this directive. Access the Planning for Students’ Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment (120B.125) Toolkit below.

Ready, Set, Go MN
To support our state’s commitment to prepare all youth for postsecondary opportunities, the Minnesota Department of Education, through funding from the U. S. Department of Education, has developed a new website for educators, families, and students. The Ready, Set, Go website provides valuable resources about college and career readiness and accelerated course options in Minnesota.  Highlights include:

• Tools for students to be successful in high school and prepare them for their postsecondary experiences.
• Information for families on how to access these opportunities.
• An interactive curriculum resource area for educators to support these goals.

Shaping Your Future: Why Minnesota Families Choose College
This collection of high-quality videos promote career and college readiness is available on the Ready, Set, Go website. Stories come from students and parents; some are available in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. Schools and others may share these videos on their websites. View the Minnesota Department of Education's YouTube page. Request a complimentary DVD.

The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) is a comprehensive career planning system. The web-based system provides components to guide students through the career development process in simple steps using powerful tools and resources. Students will find current information on postsecondary schools and the programs of study they offer, skills and interest assessments, information on occupations, scholarships, job search, and much more. Students create their own portfolio and personal learning plan that can be shared with family members.