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New Funding Opportunity for Career and Technical Education Courses

by Melissa on February 16th, 2018

There is a new funding opportunity through the SWWC Service Coop to introduce new career and technical education courses at area high schools. Several schools in the region are already participating and several more are in the planning stages.

“The Rural Career and Technical  Education Advisory Board is excited to announce that Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) Pathways funding is available to high schools (and their partners) to develop shared career and technical education (CTE) courses and programs.


LYFT is a rural CTE pathway initiative with the purpose of rebuilding CTE in southwest and west central Minnesota. The goal of LYFT Pathways is for every secondary student in the region to gain marketable skills through meaningful CTE courses and opportunities which lead to further education and careers that match our region’s labor market needs.


LYFT is funded through a $3 million Rural Career and Technical Education Consortium Grant, which was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2017. The legislative funding is scheduled to run through June 30, 2019 (with an opportunity to extend the use of funds beyond that date).”


LYFT Highlights

  • At least two or more high schools cooperating with one another
  • Development of new CTE courses or expansion of existing courses
  • Courses match local or regional labor market needs
  • Collaboration with business partners for program content
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Sustainable after first year funding


Courses Include:

Basic Mechanics

Information Technology Concepts

Intro to Manufacturing and Engineering

Intro to Medical Careers

Nursing Assistant


You can also check out additional collaboratives by school district using this map

To contact someone about the program follow this link:

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