How can I help my middle schooler plan for life after high school?

  • DREAMParent and Child
    Parents have the most influence on a student's future career.  Talk with your student about his or her dreams for the future. 

    • What is their dream job? 
    • Where do they want to live, what type of house or car would they like to have?
    • Ask your student what they think they need to do to achieve their dreams?
    • Are their current actions and habits helping them to achieve their dreams? 
    • What steps do they need to take to achieve their dreams?

    A dream is just a dream without a plan.  Help your student create a plan to achieve her or his dreams. 

    • What are your students strengths? 
    • In what subjects are they interested and should be more challenged? 
    • Does your student need additional support in a class to do better?
    • Remember, you can use the results of your student's EXPLORE test to help identify your students areas of strength, interest, and more.

    Planning for the future also involves making sure that your student takes all courses required to graduate from high school.  (Graduation requirements are listed on each high school's website.) 

    Students are more likely to achieve their goals when they write them down.  The classes they take in middle school will help them prepare for high school.

    • Think about what classes will best prepare them for the classes they need to take in high school to ready themselves for their future education/training.
    • Do they want to start taking another language in middle school?
    • What math classes should they take in middle school, so that they can take Calculus in high school?
    • What classes can they take that will prepare them for the rigors of AP or IB classes in high school?
    • Talk to there counselor about what classes might be best for them.



Why CTE?



    High-Quality CTE Programs

    The elements of high-quality CTE programs include:

    • Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum: development of CTE program curriculum and standards.
    • Integrated Network of Partnerships: business and community partnerships to support CTE program alignment and success.
    • Course Sequencing and Credentials: coordination of coursework progression in CTE programs and career pathways that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials.
    • Career-Connected Learning and Experiential Learning: career planning and career-based experiential learning opportunities.
    • Industry-specific Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials: facilities and equipment specific to work in given career fields.
    • Work-Based Learning (WBL): firsthand, onsite student engagement opportunities in a given career field.
    • Data for Program Improvement and Advocacy: use of data for continuous program improvement and advocacy.
    • Student Leadership Development: leadership development through embedded classroom activities and CTSO opportunities.
    • Access, Equity and Inclusion: CTE program promotion and support for all student populations.
    • Student-Centered Instruction: instructional strategies that support attainment of career-relevant knowledge and skills.
    • Professional Development for Knowledgeable Experts: qualifications and professional development of secondary CTE teachers.

    Did you know

    • The high school graduation rate for Minnesota students who are CTE concentrators (enrolled in two or more CTE courses) is 92%.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Minnesota high school CTE concentrators enroll in postsecondary for further education and career development.
    • In Minnesota, 86% of postsecondary students completing a CTE program were placed in employment by the end of the second quarter following program completion.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of jobs will require some postsecondary training and/or education beyond high school.






  • Ca · reer
    One’s calling in life; a person’s occupation; one’s profession.

    Col · lege
    Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation.  This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
    College Can Change Everything