Grant will bolster career planning for high school students


Minneapolis Public Schools’ nonprofit partner AchieveMpls has received a $750,000 grant to create a comprehensive career advising system for high school students.

The grant from The Pat and Tom Grossman Family Fund will be used to launch a pilot program at Edison and Roosevelt High Schools. The goal is to ensure that students have the resources and training they need to pursue jobs after they graduate.

The career advising system will also have an emphasis on providing services for students who are not planning to pursue four-year college degrees.

New career advising staff will be hired to work with students one-on-one at Edison and Roosevelt to help them start career planning and identify training opportunities.

Pam Costain, president and CEO of AchieveMpls, said the grant will help connect Minneapolis students to a wide variety of programs that can help them build good careers.

“It will also strengthen our ability to provide targeted support for students who until now have been underserved. We thank Tom Grossman especially for his advocacy on behalf of all students, his belief in the dignity of work, and his challenge to educators and counselors to create a stronger link between school, work and future economic prosperity,” she said.

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