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MPS STEM Career Readiness Summit
MPS STEM Career Readiness Summit

Minneapolis STEM Career Readiness Summit

Tuesday, May 20th, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 AM

Minneapolis Public Schools District Office – Assembly Room, 1250 W. Broadway, Minneapolis

Registration Deadline has been extended to May 15th - see form at bottom of this page. 


Minneapolis is leading some exciting initiatives to accelerate the preparation of Minnesota’s next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers, and manufacturers with the foundational academic and technical skills to succeed beyond graduation.

Gathering the input of our business and workforce organization partners is critical!

Please join us as we discuss the details of:

  • STEM career exploration opportunities for MPS students
  • Local workforce alignment strategies & skills certification
  • National policy re: STEM workforce development
  • State legislative updates associated with Minnesota’s career readiness academic requirements

This event is intended to engage our community’s chief decision makers in dialogue centered on an actionable solution to meeting the academic preparation and stem workforce needs of area businesses.

Overview: On Tuesday, May 20th Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will host a STEM Career Readiness Summit to promote collaboration and engage the MPS community in critical dialog related to the development of quality STEM educational opportunities leading to career readiness for our students. Community partners, local industry, MPS students and staff, post-secondary institutions and government agencies will participate in conversations and consultation related to the development and launch of a new STEM Career Readiness certificate program. This new certificate program, aligned with Governor Dayton’s goal of developing the “world’s best workforce,” will link academic success, experiential learning and career readiness while certifying student preparedness related to key foundational academic and technical employment skills that will better prepare them to pursue careers in major STEM sectors and beyond.

Our keynote speaker, Dot Harris, Director, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, currently serves as a part of the White House Council on Women and Girls STEM Speakers Bureaus and is lead spokesperson for the DOE Minorities in Energy Initiative. This initiative links together representatives from diverse community organizations, academia, business, and industry to address shared challenges in the areas of STEM education, energy economic development, and climate change. Ms. Harris will address the urgent need to prepare MPS students to pursue careers in the STEM sectors.


Other speakers include:

Michael Goar. Chief Executive Officer - Minneapolis Public Schools

Paula Palmer. Director of College & Career Success - Minnesota Department of Education

Trent Tucker. STEM ambassador for U.S. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Initiative


Space is limited. Please RSVP using form below by Thursday, May 15th.  

Direct questions to Trent Tucker, trent.tucker@mpls.k12.mn.us

or Sara Etzel, sara.etzel@mpls.k12.mn.us 

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