Feb 05

College Conversations – February 18

College Night is back on Thursday, February 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Sheyenne Commons. While you are at conferences, you will have the opportunity to meet 20+ representatives from college, military, and other post-secondary options. This is a great place to have all your questions answered by the experts! Check out www.tinyurl.com/shsfuture for more information and a list of attending colleges.


Feb 05

Scrubs Academy 2 – Bismarck, ND

Health Scrubs Academy 2 is an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and learn about the exciting opportunities in the health care fields. You will become HIPAA certified, learn about different body systems and how health care professionals work with those systems. Activities planned in the following areas:

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, Public Health, Dentistry, and tour the Sanford AirMed aircraft.

Open to any North Dakota student who has completed grades 8-11. Cost is $175.

Located at Bismarck State College, July 24 – 26, 2016

Deadline is April 1, 2016

Apply at  ndahec.org

Questions: Lois Karlstad  lois@ndahec.org


Jan 21

Great Message from Cass County CTE Director

High School Career Planning…To What Degree?

By Denise Jonas, Cass County CTE Director

It always amazes how fast the cycle of a school year transpires. Although we are only at mid-year, teachers and principals have already reviewed curriculums, finalized course offerings, and begun planning for next year. Yes, it’s true, high school counselors will begin assisting students with course registrations for 2016-2017 mid-January through February, while middle school counselors will be meeting with all eighth grade parents and students to develop four-year educational plans for their high school experience. It is a busy time of the year, yet, it is one of the most important. The decisions students and parents make during the registration process can set the trajectory for their child’s future and to what degree it has on their career and/or college preparation.

One of the biggest challenges students face is the contradiction and questions raised as to what degree they truly need to prepare for their future. As parents/guardians help their child sift through information during the registration process, we encourage them to take a realistic look at their child’s interest, aptitudes, and future employment opportunities. Check out the Career Resource Network for a wide range of career information. We would also encourage them to ask these questions:

 Does being “career-ready” require a degree?

 Would a certificate or two-year degree work to support my career interests and goals?

 Does college mean a four-year institution or is a two-year technical school an option?

 Should I consider the military or would an apprenticeship program pay for my training while I obtain my degree or develop skills?

 Once I have made a decision, are there options to advance my career or become an entrepreneur?

As a District, it is the goal of West Fargo Public Schools (WFPS) to help parents and students discover and answer these questions through intentional career planning and career and technical education programs. In WFPS, students begin exploring careers as early as elementary school, with interest inventories and exploration at middle level. In high school, WFPS is proud to offer a wide-range of career and technical education courses in the areas of: automotive, business education, construction, family consumer science, health science careers, information technology, marketing, technology and engineering, welding, agriculture education, aviation, and diesel technology. Additional options through the Cass County Career and Technical Education Center also include: automated manufacturing. Career and technical pathways intentionally align high school coursework with post-secondary programs, giving students a jumpstart on curriculums/skills, options for industry certifications, and, in some cases, dual credit (high school and college).

Is there only one right answer to what degree a high school student should plan for their future? Perhaps not! What we propose is that students and parents try not to limit their choices by the perceptions or stigma of the past, but keep their minds and options open to today’s trends. It is evident from discussion with F-M area local businesses and labor market trends that career opportunities and the ability to earn a solid wage can happen by traveling a variety of career and college pathways. The idea that one must have four-year degree is diminishing as high-tech, high-wage technical careers emerge. The real question for families may be not be just to what degree they will invest to fulfill their child’s passion toward a career, but how can they minimize the indebtedness of the process.

As registration begins in January, we encourage students and parents to truly keep their minds open to all career and college options, take a career and technical education course to explore knowledge and skills in a pathway of interest, and to try not to get caught up in the stigma of the degree. The workforce of the future will look different then the past, and to what degree will be up to each individual traveling that path!

Jan 18

Your First Day at a New Job

Walking into the workplace to start earning a salary is a major turning point in life, so on the first day of a new job you will probably experience many feelings: excitement, confidence, uncertainty, and stress. Now that you’ve landed the job, you’ll need to live up to your employer’s expectations!


1. Prepare and ask questions. The first day really is more about listening, but you can and should ask questions when necessary. Make a list of questions that you’d like to have answered and speak up if the timing for a question seems right.
2. Show up early. Get there at least 15 minutes early. If you haven’t done the commute before, practice it a couple of times during rush hour. You’ll leave a terrible impression if you’re late the first day.
3. Figure out who’s in charge and who’s an influencer. To succeed at a job, you need to know who’s in authority and who are the influencers. Influencers are the ones who don’t have a formal title but have power with the decision makers. They will be very important to your future.
4. Learn the office politics as soon as you can. Every firm has its own unwritten rules. They can be as important as the written ones. You should listen and watch for the unwritten rules right from the start.
5. Arrive well rested. You want to be at your best. You can often overcome a poor first impression, but who wants their first day to be remembered in a negative way?
6. Look and play the part. This is not a good time to walk around with your coffee mug and tell jokes. Take the conservative approach in what you say and do. Be as professional as you were in the interview process.
7. Learn the dress code and show up in appropriate clothes. This is important because sometimes the way you dress can turn people off, or it sends the wrong message. If you’re not sure what the dress code is, call the human resources department and ask.
8. Don’t try too hard. That may sound contrary to what you believe about making a good impression, but you don’t have to wow your new colleagues on the first day. More importantly, you don’t want to be seen as arrogant.
9. Go to lunch if invited. Maybe you packed your lunch the first day because you don’t know where to eat. So, if invited to join the lunch crowd, save the packed lunch for another day.
10. Listen and observe. The best thing anyone can do the first few days of a new job is “listen, listen, and listen.”

Source:  www.careersolutionspublishing.com

Jan 14

Summer Jobs at Microsoft for 2016 Grads

Spend your summer with Microsoft.  The Student Experience program is a paid work experience program designed to provide recent high school graduates opportunities to work at Microsoft-Fargo during the summer.

Positions are available in areas of: Accounting, Communications, Event Planning, Partner Services, IT, Marketing, MBS Operations, US Payroll, and Web Design.

Stop by the Career Center for more information about how to apply.  Deadline is February 12.

Jan 14

Summer Jobs and Internships in Medora

Summer Jobs with the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in Medora.  Employees are scheduled between 37.5-40 hours a week, live in the dorms, and must be 18 years of age.


Paid Internships:  Opportunities await in the areas of theater, equine sciences, hospitality, accounting, marketing, culinary, golf management, and more!

Contact Shauna Morris at shaunam@medora.com about internship opportunities in Medora.


Jan 14

NDSCS Auto and Diesel Exploration

Juniors and Seniors! You have an opportunity to get transportation to NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND, to investigate careers in the Auto and Diesel Industry.  Trip is EXPENSE FREE to all participants. To sign up/register, please go to the Career Center for additional information and details.   



Jan 14

The Perry Initiative

We are now seeking applicants for our Fargo, ND program to participate in hands-on workshops with the Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.  Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  Additional information can be found at: https://www.ndsu.edu/coe/k_12_outreach/stem_k_12_fallspring_offerings/perry_initiative/ &  www.perryinitiative.org

The application may be accessed directly using the following link: http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/


Jan 11

Great Article about College Level Classes in High School

Registration for next year starts in just a few short weeks. Many students will consider dual credit and advanced placement courses. Here is a great article for students and parents thinking about rigorous classes: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2016/01/11/4-answers-for-parents-about-college-level-classes-in-high-school?src=usn_tw


Jan 05

Free ACT Practice

Many of our seniors are signing up to retake the ACT in February. This Friday, January 8, is the last day to sign up without a late fee. Since this is a retake and you are now paying for the exam, YOU ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE THIS TIME! :) Below is a short video that walks you through testGEAR (free ACT prep site) and how to maximize your preparation in the shortest possible time – because studying for the ACT is super fun (insert sarcasm font). Here is a cheat-sheet to follow:  www.tinyurl.com/testgearhelp




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