Ready for the Future: Career Preparation in Rural Communities

Students in rural communities face unique opportunities and challenges as they explore and prepare for careers and college. In partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, REL Midwest created a documentary about the unique challenges facing rural communities in Minnesota as students explore and prepare for careers. The documentary features two evidence-based career readiness programs in rural Minnesota: Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Wadena and Scrubs Camp in Mankato. The program emphasizes the research that reveals best practices in the field and highlights factors that contribute to success for students as they create their future plans.

The documentary also includes Paula Palmer, director of career and college success at the Minnesota Department of Education; Susan Therriault, a researcher at AIR; and John Sipple, a researcher from Cornell University.