Career & College Readiness Programs

for Central Minnesota Schools & Districts

The Goal: Prepare Every Student for College & Career

To achieve this goal, Sourcewell education specialists seek to grow collaborative partnerships among schools, businesses, agencies, and colleges. We’d like to help prepare Region 5 students for their professional life beyond high school in the following ways:

  • Build relationships and coordinate with regional partners to develop alignment of support programs.
  • Provide career-planning resources and seek innovative ideas through funding projects and research.
  • Enhance opportunities for students to participate in real-world work experiences and earn college credit.
Two students working on a robotics project

The Challenge

Following the graduating class of 2013 in Region 5, we've discovered the graduation rate is 81 percent, with only 56 percent of graduates attending the first year of postsecondary education*.

Stats & Resources for Region 5

By the Numbers

of Students Dropout before Graduating High School

Don't Enroll in Postsecondary Education Programs

Have completed/are continuing 4th year schooling

* Based on Minnesota Report Card and Minnesota SLEDS data, which provide graduation rates and postsecondary attendance

Tools & Resources

Sourcewell sponsors week-long externships for teachers to work with a local business to help build school-business relationships. Applications are available year-round. We will post deadlines as they become available.

Each fall Sourcewell hosts an annual conference focused on addressing the workforce skill gap in our five county region. Local business and education leaders are invited each year to work together to build the 21st Century workforce.

2018 Conference Summary

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares young adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. See our Network page or join here.

When school administrators team up with business leaders, students and communities win. This partnership through Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection (a nongovernment site) encourages and empowers students to explore career pathways and learn more about possible jobs.


To learn more, contact Bart Graves at or 218-895-4152.