TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative to Expand Programming for 2019-2020 School Year

The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative is excited to announce that it will expand its program offerings in the 2019-2020 school year by adding two new courses: Construction Trades & Technologies, and Business & Entrepreneurship.

Like the current Healthcare Careers & Medicine and Transportation Business & Technologies programs, these courses are taught by interdisciplinary teams of teachers from TriDistrict high schools.  Guest speakers from a variety of partner businesses make regular appearances, and site visits and field trips provide for deeper exploration and additional understanding of what careers in this fields entail.  In the fall semester, in addition to career exploration, students learn the professional skills that work sites expect, and employers demand.  In response to business partner feedback, students also are improving their writing, presenting and communications skills as they earn required core credit toward graduation.

In the spring semester for all programs with the exception of Construction Trades and Technologies, students complete an internship at one of the many business partners. Students work alongside professionals, engaged in authentic work and projects.  Students are also assigned a mentor who helps hone their skills in the areas of communication, collaboration, time/project management, creativity, innovation, initiative, critical thinking, problem solving, integrity and trust.

The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness initiative is a unique partnership between the school districts of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul/Mendota Heights/Eagan.  These districts are reimagining high school by collaboratively offering a new type of course to all TriDistrict students.  Students from the three districts can venture off their high school campus and take courses onsite at partner businesses.  Twin Cities Orthopedics is the host for the current Healthcare Careers and Medicine course.  North American Trailer hosts the current Transportation Business and Technologies course.  The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative is also a proud member of the CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Network.

Watch this page, or see your student’s counselor, for more information.  You can also contact Ben Kusch, Lead Designer and Program Coordinator, with your questions at