Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) is a rural career and technical education (CTE) pathway initiative with the purpose of rebuilding CTE in the 18-county service region of 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 opportunities that lead to further education and careers that match our region’s labor market needs.
The LYFT Pathways Advisory Committee has developed an additional grant application process, the Career Innovation Grant. This application form is for grants of less than $10,000 that provide opportunities for businesses and schools to partner for hands-on career exposure and experiences for students in grades 7 through 12. This is a more streamlined application process that can be submitted any time a partnership is ready. Applications must be submitted before June 30, 2020.
To date, the LYFT Pathways initiative has funded 33 projects and has created partnerships between schools, colleges, and hundreds of businesses across southwest and west central Minnesota. By the end of the 2019-20 school year over 2,000 students will have received CTE courses and experiences that would not have happened without the funding that was received through the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session.
For more information about the Career Innovation Grant Application and to see previously funded projects go to www.LYFTpathways.org