Monthly highlight from School District 622 - June 2018

District 622 is consistently rated as one of the top districts in the state for college credits earned by its students. In 2017-18, North and Tartan high school students completed over 2,700 college credits, saving families millions of dollars in tuition costs.

As we prepare for the new school year, we are pleased to announce additional course options, which will establish career and technical pathways for secondary students. These pathways, known as Route 622, will provide students with individual post-secondary plans to prepare them for entry directly into the workforce and/or a post-secondary degree program within a recognized career field.

At the middle school level, Route 622 will begin with career exploration aligned to five career pathways. Middle school students will identify personal strengths and skills along with developing an understanding of different career fields.

At the high school level, Route 622 will continue with career pathways aligned with high-demand, high-skilled careers based on Minnesota employment and economic data. Experiences will begin with broad, career field exposure for all students, followed by focused career opportunities based on student interest and strengths. 

This program will also involve real work experiences, including: mentorships, internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing. Route 622 will maintain a focus on college readiness, so students do not have to take developmental courses in college. 

In September, District 622 will launch Career Fields 1 and 2. Career Field 1 will focus on engineering, manufacturing and technology, while Career Field 2 will focus on business, management and administration. 

The fields chosen for phase one were selected because they were already quite well-developed prior to the District’s new strategic plan. In fact, 14 out of 21 of the required and optional courses students take align with the courses required for an Associate of Arts degree at Century College.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, we will launch career fields 3, 4 and 5 in the high schools. Career Field 3 will focus on health sciences, Career Field 4 will feature human resources, and Career Field 5 will include arts, communications and information systems.

These career pathways will consist of a recommended series of three to four courses that a student can take to gain deeper experience, college credits and/or earn entry-level certifications for various careers. 

These efforts will give students opportunities to learn and discover interests, while ultimately saving time and money once they enter the post-secondary world. Students will never be locked into any pathway and will be allowed to change pathways if requested. 

This exciting work is directly supported by our 622 strategic plan. Please check out this plan on our website, www.isd622.org.

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