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REL Midwest Event: In-person screening of "Ready for the Future: Career Preparation in Rural Communities”
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October 11, 2018

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: Twin Cities PBS, Boardroom
172 East 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Description: REL Midwest will host a screening of 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 includes a strong emphasis on 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 from the American Institutes for Research, and John Sipple, a researcher from Cornell University.

After the screening, REL Midwest will facilitate a panel discussion with documentary participants where attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the documentary, the research, and programs featured in the documentary.

This will be an opportunity for professionals, educators, parents, and students to learn more about the tools, resources, and collaborative models available to assist with career training and college readiness outside of metro areas.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Midwest Career Readiness Research Alliance

Audience: The primary audience for this screening will include college and career counselors, state-level administrators, district-level administrators, higher education staff, researchers, and teachers.


  • Sarah Rand, Documentary Producer, REL Midwest
  • Amy Feygin, Senior Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Paula Palmer, Director of Career and College Success, Minnesota Department of Education

Report Citations: Alliance for Excellent Education. (2010). Current challenges and opportunities in preparing rural high school students for success in college and careers: What federal policymakers need to know. Washington, DC: Author.

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Agenda for this event  PDF File ( 344 KB )
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Viewing guide.  PDF File ( 134 KB )
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