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Higher Education Career Advisors Pilot (HECAP)

The Higher Education Career Advisors Pilot Project (HECAP) involves Workforce Development Areas/Local Workforce Development Boards partnering with public school districts to assist high school students in choosing careers and the education and training required for those careers.


Chapter 1 of 2015 Special Session Law appropriated $250,000 per year in State Fiscal Years (SFY) 2016 and 2017 for pilot programs in the Workforce Development Areas (WDAs) to combine career and higher education advising. This appropriation followed a successful Higher Education Career Advisors Pilot Project (HECAP) during SFY 14-15 in four WDAs: Rural Minnesota CEP, Northeast Minnesota, Career Solutions and Hennepin-Carver WDA.

The HECAP addresses the following goals:

  • Assist high school students in selecting a career of interest to the student and a post-secondary path to prepare for that career;
  • Provide effective career counseling and labor market information to the region’s youth and families in collaboration with school counselors;
  • Build on the work of the Local Workforce Development Boards in identifying strategic industries and high-growth, in-demand occupations;
  • Raise local youth and parent awareness and usage of Minnesota’s workforce development system and engage local workforce, education and economic development partners.

In SFY16, all sixteen Minnesota WDAs are providing HECAP services. Several WDAs are coordinating HECAP services with similar Outreach to Schools activities allowable under the Minnesota Youth Program.

For SFY17, DEED selected thirteen grantees through a competitive process. A summary of the process and selected grantees can be found here.

SFY18-19 HECAP Status Update

SFY 20-21 Status Update

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