Career and College Readiness Collaborative

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Minnesota practitioners and leaders are working across agencies, regions, and state lines to plan and implement programming and curricula that encourages the separate but complementary goals of access to post-secondary education, and career success. We are especially motivated to support the achievement of members of underrepresented populations.


Our Mission

To have state, regional and community organizations work together to provide Minnesotans with the appropriate resources they need to be successful in their education and career goals.

Our Vision

All Minnesotans have access to the resources and supports they need in order to make appropriate decisions for entering and advancing in a career pathway and experiencing lifelong success.

Our Charge

1) Convene the cross-discipline state team and subject-specific subcommittees. The 100-plus member state team includes representatives from elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education; workforce; business; community organizations; government agencies, and other entities affected by career development initiatives. We also support and connect with other local and national collaborations providing related resources and activities.

2) Provide guidance for policymakers and organizations implementing any aspect of career development and college readiness. Through the leadership of the subcommittees, the state team provides technical support, guidelines, and best practices for public and community agencies delivering career development information to youth and adults. The state team provides thought leadership and suggestions for policymakers to consider when designing legislation and regulations. The state team does not propose requirements for any agency or system.

3) Gather and disseminate information needed to deliver career development. Existing programs, curricula, policies, and other resources are identified through the expertise and research of subcommittee members. The state team provides a repository of resources that is relevant, organized, and accessible for key audiences. The state team also supports increasing the awareness and distribution of resources related to career development and college readiness.

For a deeper look at the collaborative, read the state team summary.

Individualized Plans

An Individualized Plan is the framework that contains a person's usually a middle or high school student plans to align school work with out-of-classroom activities, post-secondary plans, work experiences, and career aspirations.

IPs are consistently updated with relevant career development activities at various stages of a person's life. Because an IP is a tangible document or portfolio, and a series of activities, it is both a document and a process.

Experts advise that to successfully engage a students in actively designing their IPs, the individuals need access to multiple, relevant career development opportunities. These opportunities include self-exploration of career interests, skills and values, career information to identify potential career aspirations, and career planning and management opportunities to identify post-secondary education and training opportunities and develop employment seeking skills.

The collaborative supports the statewide implementation of IPs to ensure all youth receive the career and education planning resources they need to make obtainable life goals. We recommend IPs that are:

1) Started early in life. Age-appropriate development activities can be included in an IP in elementary school, with academic and exploration materials added in middle school, career research and goal-setting in high school, and more specific career planning added in post-secondary years.

2) Connected to a digital portfolio system that is accessible in multiple settings. An individual who begins an IP in middle school, for example, will have access to the same platform after graduation and at any time in their life.

3) Connecting academics and enhanced learning activities (such as work-based learning).

4) Utilized and updated by individuals and their advisers on a regular basis, preferably twice a week.

5) Emphasizing post-secondary education or job training.

6) Inclusive of career and college readiness resources provided by community organizations. IPs include all academic and career exploration information relevant to the student, not just what is provided by the school.

7) Administered and utilized by teachers, school advisers, parents and mentors. IPs are a school-wide and community-wide initiative, not the responsibility of only a few people.

8) Encouraging parent and mentor involvement in career and college planning.

See more online at National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

Check out this How-To Guide for creating individualized plans.

Planning Resources for Students' Successful Transition to Post-Secondary Education and Employment

This document created by the Minnesota Department of Education provides a comprehensive academic plan for completing a college and career-ready curriculum based on meeting state and local academic standards.

State Team

State Team Meeting Notes and Materials

April 2014 Meeting Notes

College and Career Readiness Logic Model

State Team Webinar (recorded Jan. 21, 2014)

MN Youth Summit notes (Nov. 16, 2012)

MN Career College Readiness Part I (recorded Feb. 14, 2013)

MN Career College Readiness Part II (recorded Mar. 6, 2013)

Discussion notes (June 18, 2013)

State Team Meeting notes (Sept. 23, 2013)

State Team Subcommittees

The Minnesota Career & College Readiness Collaborative has identified six priority areas related to implementing all aspects of career development.

  • Business & Community Involvement
  • Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Parent & Family Engagement
  • Design & Implementation
  • Career Development Process

In addition, the collaborative aligns with state and regional education and workforce agencies, and other committees and partnerships, in order to promote participation in programs and services relevant to all stages of education planning and career development.

Team Partners

The collaborative’s state team is composed of representatives from state, regional, and community organizations working in these and other roles:

  • Adult learning coordinator
  • Apprenticeship coordinator
  • Business liaison
  • Career counselor
  • College adviser
  • Correctional program manager
  • Partnerships coordinator
  • School board member
  • School counselor
  • State legislator
  • Transition specialist

These and other types of organizations are represented on the state team:

  • Adult basic education providers
  • Adult employment programs
  • Career and technical education programs
  • Career academies
  • Career information providers
  • City governments
  • College readiness program
  • Community colleges
  • Community organizations
  • Corrections services
  • Employers
  • High school counseling departments
  • Industry associations
  • School districts
  • Universities
  • Vocational training programs
  • Workforce development agencies
  • Youth coordinating boards


2013 Minnesota Statute: Planning For Students' Successful Transition

View the state law that directs school districts to assist all students by no later than grade 9 in exploring their college and career interests and aspirations and develop a plan for a smooth and successful transition to post-secondary education or employment.

Planning Resources for Students' Successful Transition to Post-Secondary Education and Employment

This document created by the Minnesota Department of Education provides a comprehensive academic plan for completing a college and career-ready curriculum based on meeting state and local academic standards.

Minnesota Career Planning Websites

Minnesota Programs of Study
Use this website to learn what combination of classes and activities will help you prepare for your future. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your school to help move you towards a college and career path.

ISEEK is Minnesota's official resource for career exploration, education and training, and employment information.

Minnesota Career Information System
The Minnesota Career Information System is an online, fee-based subscription available in more than 80 percent of Minnesota schools. The system is offers a wealth of career, educational and labor market information in one comprehensive, easy-to-use tool.

GPS LifePlan
The GPS LifePlan helps students set goals and design plans that will lead them to the success they desire.

eFolio is a web-based portfolio designed to help you create a living showcase of your education, career, and personal achievements.

Minnesota IT Discovery Network
A tool for middle and high school students to discover, explore, and engage in the world of information technology.

Minnesota STEM Network
The Minnesota STEM Network is an initiative of SciMathMN, connecting key stakeholders and audiences invested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Skills@Work is a statewide campaign to ensure Minnesota has the skilled workforce it needs to compete in the global economy.

National Career Readiness Partner Council
The council brings together leaders from national education and workforce organizations with the goal of defining what it means to be career ready.

A Message from Minnesota United States Senators

Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken talk about the importance of helping students understand and prepare for college and career options. Watch Sen. Klobuchar's video message. Watch Sen. Franken's video message.


Complete Our Tech Survey

Our State Team is gathering information on technology products that support student planning from secondary to post-secondary education and careers. Vendors are invited to complete this brief survey and email the responses to

Vendor Responses

Select the links below to view, download or print responses from the following vendors:

Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)

GPS LifePlan

Hobsons Inc.


Kuder, Inc.


The Mn Career and College Collaborative is supported by iSeek Solutions, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Contact at each agency representative by email:

Denise Felder
Content & Outreach Specialist 
iSeek Solutions

Al Hauge
Work Based Learning/Career Development Specialist 
Minnesota Department of Education

Alyssa Klein
Transition Specialist 
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development