The MPSD Education for Employment program provides the foundations of good citizenship for grades K-12 and links academic and occupational standards to workplace skills and experiences. Instruction includes career decision making and employability skills, including work behaviors. Instruction also provides for the practical application of academic skills and applied technologies.
The secondary schools offer a continuum of options, with something for every career goal and learning profile. Students may pursue a strong academic program, build job and life skills, and explore the arts and a wide range of electives. The MPSD’s school-to-career program allows students to explore traditional and non-traditional careers through:
- Innovative coursework
- Intracurricular youth organizations
- Job shadowing
- Work experience
- Business/community partnerships
- Youth apprenticeships
The Youth Apprenticeship Program is popular and growing. Participants earn high school and post-secondary credits through school-based coursework and mentored, paid work at a community business.
- One-year youth apprenticeships are offered in: auto collision, drafting and design, financial services, health services, industrial equipment technology, information technology, lodging management, manufacturing/machining, agriculture/animal and plant science, welding, health services pharmacy technician, and manufacturing woods.
- Two-year youth apprenticeships are offered in: auto collision, auto technician, drafting and design, industrial equipment technology, lodging management, manufacturing/machining, and welding.
Ashley Armstrong • School to Work Coordinator
Ashley Armstrong coordinates the K-12 school to work program which encompasses college and career exploration activities and work experience. She also oversees MPSD programs and budgets in the areas of business education, family and consumer sciences, and technology education.
Bonnie Proszenyak • Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator
Bonnie Proszenyak coordinates the Youth Apprenticeship program and job shadows at Lincoln High School.