Get Your GED For Free in Minnesota


Graduation cap and diplomaThe General Educational Development (GED) is a high school diploma equivalent that has lifelong benefits that include helping Minnesota WorkForce Center customers and other job seekers to be eligible for better, higher-paying jobs or start a pathway to a new career.

The GED tests usually cost $120. Now through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Check out the links below for more information:

MN Department of Education link with information about the free GED

Minnesota Public Radio news blog

Apply NOW for Minneapolis Summer Step Up Jobs


Reprinted from City of Minneapolis:

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2016 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 5, 2016, to complete an application online. Continue reading

Back-To-School Advice For Teens, Part 2


Here are more responses from adults to the question:

“If I knew then what I know now … What advice would you give to a middle school kid about life, education or career?”

>> Back-To-School Advice For Teens, Part 1 <<

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Become financially and technologically literate. Learn to read and write well.

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It’s not always the people with the top grades that end up with the best careers. What successful people all have is persistence and the willingness to work hard. Work hard and run your own race. Find the areas you shine in and develop those areas.

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Watch the video on Ted “8 Success Steps.” It’s brilliant, and has some key watch words to small and large business owners. (Life) can be very rewarding, but hang on for the journey you are taking!

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Regardless of how you were raised, always continue your education past high school. There are many skills, both taught and not taught that we can gain from being in school and/or other educational programs. You never know what kind of work/careers you’ll have in life until you are “in it.” This is a reason to never stop learning for yourself.

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Don’t let anyone else choose your career for you.

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Take the time to understand who you are and what you’re good at. Use tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to steer you in a general direction and help you discover your innate skills and abilities. Understanding who you are will help you determine the classes to take in high school and eventually the major you’ll pursue in college.

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Listen more than you speak.

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 A good life is about balance, being able to take the time to enjoy the simple things in life as well as planning, preparing and working hard for a bigger dream of your future.

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Plan big and adapt along the way.

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Also from DeniseMpls:

Author Bio: Denise Felder is a writer and career adviser encouraging everyday people to make positive life and career choices.

Back-To-School Advice For Teens, Part 1


At the end of the school year, I asked adults what advice they would give to teens. I posted some of their remarks this spring.

The question I posed was:

“If I knew then what I know now … What advice would you give to a middle school kid about life, education or career?”

Now a new school year is beginning. Here is some more wisdom from professionals working in all types of jobs about choosing a career and the value of education.

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 Go for your dreams — You can always revise them later if you have to.

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Get involved in activities in and out of school to help prepare you for college (and make you a viable candidate for acceptance into a good college). Concentrate on your studies and do some volunteer or philanthropic work. You’d be surprised how volunteering for two hours a week somewhere can make you look so good on a college application.

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Everyone needs to become an entrepreneur. That means learning how to be an expert, how to sell, how to differentiate, how to take risks, how use social media, how to network.

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Believe in yourself. You are capable of more than you think. Explore your dreams, find out all you can. Try things out. Have fun.

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Work hard to get your (diploma). It will be SO much harder to do later. For most people, more and better qualifications (degrees) equals more and better choices.

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Get a good mentor early on in your career to advise you and to coach you. Always believe in your own strengths/skills, which you have. You know what they are. We all know our top few skills. Stay on the track of believing in those strengths and your own confidence. Stay far away from anyone who tries to keep you from doing that.

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 Read more. Readers become Rulers.

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Be yourself. Do the things you enjoy, learn about the things that interest you, and be confident in who you are. Don’t try to make yourself into a copy of someone else. You are wonderful as You.

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Always stay future-focused. Take those strides as a (freshman and sophomore) that will help you as a senior and eventual college-goer.

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Many teens today are so afraid of making a mistake that they don’t do anything.  “Failure” is a part of life … and can lead to great things.

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Join student groups, band or sports. You will learn to challenge yourself as well as the art of being a team member.

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Find something you are passionate about in the world (art, music, outdoors, people, technology, dance, writing, reading, science, etc.) and learn everything you can about that subject. Get into it! When you find your passion, you find your true self.And always remember that you can do anything you put your heart and soul into. Dare to dream.

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Take high school seriously upon entering the 9th grade.  It is hard to catch up once you fall behind.

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Listen to all who offer advice, but trust your own inner instincts when it comes to making decisions. You are responsible for your own life.

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Also from DeniseMpls:

Author Bio: Denise Felder  is a writer and career adviser encouraging everyday people to make positive life and career choices.

Apply for $3,000 Scholarship for Mpls Students


Deadline: June 24, 2011

What:

The purpose of the Camille A. Thomas Scholarship (CATS) is to promote academic excellence by providing funding assistance to committed and highly motivated African American and Latino college students. The CATS provides funding to:

  1. First year college students who are graduates of Minneapolis Public Schools
  2. Students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities abroad
  3. Students pursuing a form of health education at a college or university.

Eligibility:

  • African American or Latino/a senior currently attending a Minneapolis Public High School
  • Have cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Will be enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full time, degree-seeking student in the fall of 2011.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extra-curricular or other activities.
  • Have completed and submitted all required materials by the deadline.

To Apply:

  • Fill out application (last page of this PDF)
  • Send application with essay, resume and two letters of reference
  • Read more about the application process
  • Deadline is June 24, 2011

Questions:

Camille A. Thomas Scholarship 2011 Award: Minneapolis Public High School Seniors,
scholarship@camilleathomas.com