• American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Domain: Career

    World's Best Workforce: Goal Area 4


    College and Career Readiness refers to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful in postsecondary education and/or training that lead to gainful employment.  SPPS offers all students a College and Career Readiness programming through the Office of College and Career Readiness.


    The Maadaadizi School Counseling Program provides five specific strategies to support American Indian students with College and Career Readiness:

    1. Native Pathway to College- a cultural counseling group that assists students to understand the need to continue education/skill attainment beyond high school and options to consider through a cultural lens. 
    2. Catching a Dream - a cultural counseling group that assists students to discover their cultural gifts and talents in life.  Students will use the information to consider careers that can help an entire tribe/community. 
    3. Individual Post-High School Planning Counseling - designated 12th graders will receive post high school planning support to transition from high school to post-high school option (job, college, apprenticeship, military, gap year, etc).
    4. Twin Cities Native American College Fair and College Visits - four college awareness experiences are provided to American Indian students each year through Indian Education.
      1. Twin Cities Native American College Fair is held every October to provide students access to colleges that specifically support American Indian students.  A financial aid room, career speaker/student panel room, and financial literacy simulation is also available.  Event is free to attend.
      2. Braided Journey's students are provided a college visit every December as part of their Walking in Balance monthly group.  Collaboration with Junior Achievement's Finances in a Day is also provided during this event.
      3. Augsburg Native Youth Visit Day is held every February, and Kerrie will take a group of students (rotating schools) on the experience.
      4. Overnight college visit to a four year college.  Indian Education will fund 25 students to attend this experience, including transportation, lodging, food, and fun activity.  Past visits have included South Dakota State University, Madison, Northland College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, U of M Duluth, and Moorhead/NDSU.