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CAREER FAIR/EXPO

Albert Lea Chamber of Commerce
Career Fair
Audience:
High School (9th grade)
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation. 
Website: www.albertlea.org
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
Randy Kehr, 507.373.3938, director@albertlea.org

Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Fair & Expo
Audience:
High School
Summer Youth Job Fair that offers 200+ jobs targeted to high school students. The Community Concierge Service sells and connects over 200 families each year to schools, churches, organizations, housing as well as employment for trailing spouses. Hosts the Awesome Austin event for newcomers.
Website: www.austincoc.com
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
Sandy Forstner, 507.437.4561, sandy@austincoc.com

Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Fair
Audience:
 High School
Inform students about local career fairs and options.
Website: ​www.blueearthchamber.com
Membership: 100-150
Resources:
Connect:
 Cindy Lyon, 507.526.2916, chamber@bevcomm.net

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Career Academy
Audience:
High School
Offers students insight into career pathways by receiving high school and college credit for the courses taken.
Website: www.explorebrainerdlakes.com
Membership: 900-950
Resources:
Connect:
www.bridgesconnection.org

Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Career Fairs & Expos
Audience:
 Junior & High School
Tour of Manufacturing and Health Care Career Fest.
Website: www.visitdetroitlakes.com/chamber
Membership: 400-450
Resources:
Connect:
 Carrie Johnston,  218.847.9202, carrie@visitdetroitlakes.com

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
Area Career Exploration (ACE)
Audience:
High School
Area Career Exploration (ACE) is for high school students to raise career awareness and local job opportunities for area students.
Website: www.fairmontchamber.org
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
 Kandi Menne,  507.235.5547, info@fairmontchamber.org

Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce
Made in Faribault
Audience:
High School
Inform students about high demand jobs and local career options, and the paths required to obtain the job desired. 
Website: www.faribaultmn.org
Membership: 400-450
Resources: www.faribault.org/made-in-faribault/
Connect:Kymn Anderson,  507.334.4381, kymn@faribaultmn.org

Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
High School Career Exploration Day 
Job Fair & Business Exchange
Audience: Junior and High School (6th grade)
Inform students about local career options, as well as high demand jobs and the paths required to get those jobs.
Website: www.fergusfalls.com
Membership: 250-300
Resources:
Connect:
Lisa Workman, 218.736.6951, lworkman@fergusfalls.com

The Chamber Grand Forks & East Grand Forks
Northeast North Dakota Career Expo
Audience:
High School
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.gochamber.org
Membership: 1000-1050
Resources:
Connect:
Barry Wilfahrt, 701.772.7271, barry@gochamber.org

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Future Workers
Audience:
High School
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.grandmn.com
Membership: 500-550
Resources:
Connect:
Bud Stone,  218.326.6619,bud@grandmn.com

Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Expo
Audience:
 Elementary, Junior, and High School
TigerPath- an Academy Approach to career exploration and in many cases completed certifications upon graduating High School. Filling in the skills gap and the work force gap with our own students.
Website: www.explorehutchinson.com
Membership: 300-350
Resources:
Connect:
Mary Hodson, 320.234.0785, mary@explorehutchinson.com

Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Jamboree
Audience: High School
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.lakevillechambercvb.org
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
Bob Finke, 952.469.2020,bob@lakevillechambercvb.org

Litchfield Chamber of Commerce
Career Fair
Audience:
High School
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.litch.com
Membership: 150-200
Resources:
Connect:
 Judy Hulterstrom,  320.693.8184, judy@litch.com

Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Academy
Audience:
High School
Offers students insight into career pathways by receiving high school and college credit for the courses taken.
Website: www.littlefallsmnchamber.com
Membership: 250-300
Resources:
Connect: 
www.bridgesconnection.org

New Ulm Chamber of Commerce
Career Expo
Audience:
 8th graders, Sophmores, and Juniors
Career Expo for sophomores, Leadership Development for juniors and a Junior Achievement Program for a variety of grade levels.
Website: www.newulm.com
Membership: 300-350
Resources:
Connect:
 Career Expo: Jenny Eckstein, 507.233.4302, jenny@newulm.com & Junior Achievement: Kayla Ruch, kayla@jaum.org

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce
Industry Tours
Audience:
High School
This initiative brings high school students out to industry at 3 different times a year to experience career opportunities in their own backyard and works in partnership with the Bosch Foundation, Junior Achievement, United Way, and the Chamber.
Resources:
Connect:
Brad Meier, 507.451.7970, bmeier@owatonna.org

Shakopee Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Expo
Audience:
High School
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.shakopee.org
Membership: 250-300
Resources:
Connect:
Angela Whitcomb, 952.445.1660, awhitcomb@shakopee.org

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Expo
Audience:
 High School Sophomores
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.winonachamber.com
Membership: 550-600
Resources: Planning Outline  Business Flyer  Teacher Flyer  Best Practices 
Connect: Della Schmidt, 507.452.2272, dschmidt@winonachamber.com

Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce
Career Expo
Audience:
High School
Opportunity for local employers to educate students about specific career paths they may pursue now and after graduation.
Website: www.worthingtonmnchamber.com
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
Darlene Macklin,  507.372.2919, dmackl@frontiernet.net


STEM Programs

Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce
Engineering Cool
Audience:
Middle School
STEM program for six graders titled "Engineering Cool", designed around robotics and engineering tech programs and partnered with engineering clubs in Minnesota.
Website: www.rangeengineeringcouncil.org
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
Lory Fedo,  218.262.3895, lfedo@hibbing.org

Mankato (Greater Mankato Growth)
SciTechsperience
Audience:
College
Internship program that matches students with local businesses in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Connect: www.mhta.org

North 65 Chamber of Commerce
STEM 
Audience: Middle School
STEM is focused on promoting awareness of careers offered in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math by allowing employers to interact with students through experiential learning.
Website: www.north65chamber.com
Membership: 200-250
Resources:
Connect:
Melissa Bettendorf, 763.689.2505, info@north65chamber.com

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
STEM Summit
Audience:
Middle School
STEM is focused on promoting career awareness by allowing employers to interact with students through experiential learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Website: www.rochestermnchamber.com
Membership: 1400-1450
Resources:
Connect:
rochestermnchamber.com/pages/STEM

Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce
STEM
Audience:
High School (Chanhassen & Chaska)
STEM is focused on promoting career awareness by allowing employers to interact with students through experiential learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Also includes a robotics program and competition.
Website: www.swmetrochamber.com
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
 Kelly Darcourt, 952.474.3233, kelly@swmetrochamber.com

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
STEM
Audience:
Middle School
STEM is focused on promoting career awareness by allowing employers to interact with students through experiential learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 
Website: www.twinwest.com
Membership: 650-700
Rresources:
Connect:
TwinWest Stem


CEO'S IN THE CLASSROOM

Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Audience:
Junior & High School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.visitdetroitlakes.com/chamber
Membership: 400-450
Resources:
Connect:
Carrie Johnston,  218.847.9202, carrie@visitdetroitlakes.com

Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Audience:
 Junior and High School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.fergusfalls.com
Membership: 250-300
Resources:
Connect: Lisa Workman, 218-736-6951, lworkman@fergusfalls.com

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom

Audience: High School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.grandmn.com
Membership: 500-550
Resources:
Connect:
Bud Stone,  218.326.6619, bud@grandmn.com

Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Audience:
High School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.hibbing.org
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
Lory Fedo,  218.262.3895, lfedo@hibbing.org

International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in The Classroom
Audience: Middle School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.ifallschamber.com
Membership: 150-200
Resources:
Connect:
Shawn Mason,  218.283.9400, shawn@intlfalls.org

Metro North Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Audience:
High School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.metronorthchamber.com
Membership: 650-700
Resources:
Connect:
Lori Higgins, 763.783.3553, lori@metronorthchamber.org

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
Ethics in the Workplace
Audience:
 High School
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey, with an emphasis on ethics.
Website: www.twinwest.com
Membership: 650-700
Resources:
Connect:
TwinWest Ethics in the Workplace

Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Audience:
High School
Twice a month we invite students to join us on a tour of a specific business sector with the opportunity to interact with CEOs, managers, and owners. 
Website: www.wasecachamber.com
Membership: 200-250
Resources:
Connect:
Kim Foels, 507.835.3260, kim@wasecachamber.com

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Life After High School
Audience:
 8th and 11th grade
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate 8th grade students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey. Life After High School is a presentation to High School Juniors/Seniors delivered by a CEO or executive level business professional. The objective is to inspire and equip students to actively prepare for stepping into work or college after high school graduation.
Website: www.winonachamber.com
Membership: 550-600
Resources: PowerPointStudent SurveyTeacher Survey, Life After the Classroom PowerPoint, CEO Training Video
Connect: Della Schmidt, 507.452.2272, dschmidt@winonachamber.com

Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce
CEO & Business in the Classroom
Audience: High School & ALC
Provides local company executives the opportunity to educate students in a classroom setting and share their personal business experience and journey.
Website: www.worthingtonmnchamber.com
Membership: 350-400
Rersources:
Connect:
Darlene Macklin,  507.372.2919, dmackl@frontiernet.net


TEACHER IN THE WORKPLACE

Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce
Business Teacher Connect
Audience: High School Teachers
Teachers visit businesses for an in-service day to learn about future jobs that will be available to students.
Website: www.hibbing.org
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect: Lory Fedo, 218.262.3895, lfedo@hibbing.org

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
Audience: Middle & High School Instructors
Offers the opportunity to bring teachers and local businesses together to better align curriculm with industry standards.
Website: www.winonachamber.com
Membership: 550-600
Resources: Expectations, Video
Connect: Della Schmidt, 507.452.2272, dschmidt@winonachamber.com


SCHOOL TO WORK PROGRAMS

Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
School-to-Work
Audience: High School
Offers the opportunity to bring qualified students and local businesses together to provide first-hand experience for students and well-trained employee prospects for businesses.
Website: www.visitdetroitlakes.com/chamber
Membership: 400-450
Resources:
Connect:
 Carrie Johnston,  218.847.9202, carrie@visitdetroitlakes.com

Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce
School-to-Work 
Audience: 
High School
CTE center provides a manufacturing cell within the school, to guide business and manufacturing students along the process of running a successful business.
Made in McLeod-designed to support manufacturers, educate and engage the community on the importance of manufacturing, employing 35% of our workforce.
Website: www.explorehutchinson.com
Membership: 300-350
Resources:
Connect: 
Mary Hodson, 320.234.0785, mary@explorehutchinson.com

Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
School to Work
Audience: High School
Opportunity from local businesses to provide two-year training in tech careers for qualified alternative school students.
Website: www.marshall-mn.org
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
 Karen VanKeulen,  507.532.4484, chamber@marshall-mn.org

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
School-to-Work
Audience:
 Junior & High School
Supporting workforce development activities through participation on the Hennepin County and Minneapolis Workforce
Development committee and the summer internship and educational initiative in the Minnepolis Public School system
through a partnership with Achieve Minneapolis.
Website: www.minneapolischamber.org
Membership: 950-1000
Resources:
Connect:
 Jonathon Weinhagen, 612.370.9155, jweinhagen@minneapolischamber.org

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
REACH
Audience: High School
A program for at-risk high-school juniors with an immersive experience in work preparedness, improved academic outcomes and graduation rates, and apprenticeships with potential job placement. 
Website: www.winonachamber.com
Membership: 550-600
Resources:
Connect:
 Della Schmidt, 507.452.2272, dschmidt@winonachamber.com

The Chamber Grand Forks & East Grand Forks
School-to-Work 
Audience: High School
Businesses in our region provide career awareness and experiential learning.
Website: www.gochamber.org
Membership: 1000-1050
Resources:
Connect:
 Barry Wilfahrt, 701.772.7271, barry@gochamber.org


INTERNSHIPS & APPRENTICESHIPS

Albert Lea Chamber of Commerce
Internships at Riverland Community College & Youth Apprenticeships
Audience: College & High School
Offers the opportunity to bring qualified students and local businesses together to provide first-hand experience for students and well-trained employee prospects for businesses.
Website: www.albertlea.org
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
Randy Kehr, 507.373.3938, director@albertlea.org

Associated General Contractors of MN
Internships
Audience:
College
Offers a post-secondary contractor apprenticeship program that is partnered with local contractor unions.
Website: www.agcmn.org
Connect: Martha Henrickson , 651.796.2194, mhenrickson@agcmn.org

Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
Interships
Audience:
 High School
StepUp Achieve offers a scholarship program and a summer internship for high school juniors and provides opportunities to work in professional settings.
Website: www.austincoc.com
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
 Sandy Forstner, 507.437.4561, sandy@austincoc.com

Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce
InternBemidji
Audience:
College
InternBemidji is an internship program designed to help connect businesses with local college and university students.   
Website: www.bemidji.org
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
 lori@bemidji.org

Brainerd Area Chamber of Commerce
Workplace Connection
Audience:
High School
A structured program that connects students with businesses and offers several options including internships, site visits and job fairs.
Website: www.explorebrainerdlakes.com
Membership: 900-950
Resources:
Connect:
www.bridgesconnection.org

Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce
Internship Outreach
Audience:
College
Offers the opportunity to bring qualified students and local businesses together to provide first-hand experience for students and well-trained employee prospects for businesses. 
Website: www.faribaultmn.org
Membership: 400-450
Resources:
Connect:
Kymn Anderson,  507.334.4381, kymn@faribaultmn.org

Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Emerging Leader- Mentor Program
Audience:
Students enrolled on the Fergus Falls campus of M State
This opportunity will connect our local college students to the community and businesses.
Website: www.fergusfalls.com
Membership: 250-300
Resources: Course Outline, Registration Form, Mentor FAQ, Program Details, Syllabus, Poster
Connect: Lisa Workman, 218.736.6951, lworkman@fergusfalls.com

Job Shadow Connections
Audience:
High School
Offers students the opportunity to job shadow with local business employees and gain a unique day-to-day outlook on a specific career field.
Resources:
Connect:
Kymn Anderson,  507.334.4381, kymn@faribaultmn.org

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
TeenWorks
Audience: High School
TeenWorks provides summer employment, college readiness programs and supportive services for teens throughout the school year.
Website: www.grandmn.com
Membership: 500-550
Resources:
Connect:
 Bud Stone,  218.326.6619, bud@grandmn.com

Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce
Internships & Apprenticeships 
Audience:
High School
CTE center provides a manufacturing cell within the school, to guide business and manufacturing students along the process of running a successful business.
Made in McLeod-designed to support manufacturers, educate and engage the community on the importance of manufacturing, employing 35% of our workforce.
Website: www.explorehutchinson.com
Membership: 300-350
Resources:
Connect:
Mary Hodson, 320.234.0785, mary@explorehutchinson.com

Mankato (Greater Mankato Growth)
Greater Mankato Internship Experience
Audience:
College
Partnering with seven local colleges and universities to bring businesses and students together for valuable work opportunities and internships.
Resources:
Connect:
www.greatermankato.com

Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
Internships 
Audience:
 High School
Offers the opportunity to bring qualified students and local businesses together to provide first-hand experience for students and well-trained employee prospects for businesses. 
Website: www.marshall-mn.org
Membership: 450-500
Resources:
Connect:
 Karen VanKeulen,  507.532.4484, chamber@marshall-mn.org

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Interships & Apprenticeships 
Audience:
Junior & High School
Supporting workforce development activities through participation on the Hennepin County and Minneapolis Workforce
Development committee and the summer internship and educational initiative in the Minnepolis Public School system
through a partnership with Achieve Minneapolis.
Website: www.minneapolischamber.org
Membership: 950-1000
Resources:
Connect:
John Stanoch, 612.370.9155, jstanoch@minneapolischamber.org

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce
Internships (Tech focus)
Audience
: Riverland Community College
Opportunity to connect qualified students from Riverland Community College with local businesses in the areas of welding, machinery and other similar careers. Launched a program with the local high school that facilitates internships, mentorships and site tours for students.
Website: www.owatonna.org
Membership: 550-600
Resources:
Connect:
Brad Meier,  507.451.7970, bmeier@owatonna.org

Internships
Audience:
High School
"Made in Owatonna" is an internship program that offers the opportunity to bring qualified students and local businesses together to provide first-hand experience for students and well-trained employee prospects for businesses.
Resources:
Connect:
Brad Meier,  507.451.7970, bmeier@owatonna.org

Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Internships
A partnership that brings high school and Bemidji State Univeristy students together with employers to participate in a robotics program and gain exposure to the precision manufacturing workforce.
Website: www.parkrapids.com
Membership: 300-350
Resources:
Connect:
 Emma Moore, 218.732.4111, emma@parkrapids.com

Printing Industry Midwest
Internships
Audience:
High School
This program provides internship opportunities, scholarships and information for students continuing their post-secondary education in the industry.
Website: www.pimw.org
Connect: Kris Davis Director of Education, 612.400.6208,  kristinp@pimw.org

The Chamber Grand Forks & East Grand Forks
Internships & Aprenticeships 
Audience: High School
Businesses in our region provide career awareness and experiential learning.
Website: www.gochamber.org
Membership: 1000-1050
Resources:
Connect:
 Barry Wilfahrt, 701.772.7271, barry@gochamber.org


EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM & RESOURCES

Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Educational Resources and Career Exploration
Audience: Junior & High School
Website: www.visitdetroitlakes.com/chamber
Membership: 400-450
Resources:
Connect:
 Carrie Johnston,  218.847.9202, carrie@visitdetroitlakes.com

Hospitality Minnesota
ProStart
Audience:
High School
A two-year program for high school students interested in culinary arts and food service management. 
Website: www.hospitalitymn.org
Connect: Betty Fisk, 651.778.2400, betty@hospitalitymn.com

Lodging Management Program
Audience: High School
To help educate and inform high school students interested in the lodging industry, with a full curriculum that may be adopted by local schools.
Website: www.hospitalitymn.org
Connect: Betty Fisk, 651.778.2400, betty@hospitalitymn.com

Metro North Chamber of Commerce
Career Exploration
Audience:
 High School
Website: www.metronorthchamber.org
Membership: 650-700
Resources:
Connect:
 Lori Higgins,763.783.3553, lori@metronorthchamber.org

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Voyager
Audience:
High School
Program for high school students designed to prepare graduates with the qualifications and experience needed to obtain successful positions within the local workforce.
Website: www.minneapolischamber.org
Membership: 950-1000
Resources:
Connect:
612.370.9100

Minnesota Forest Industries
Treezy does it
Audience:
K-12
Free educational resource that provides information about forestry and forest products for both teachers and students.
Website: www.treezydoesit.com
Connect: Wayne Brandt,  218.722.5013

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Learn. Do. Earn
Audience:
Middle & High School
A business-driven educational program for high school students designed to inform and develop a strong work ethic and encourage engagement in challenging courses now to best prepare themselves for a career after graduation. 
Website: www.rochestermnchamber.com
Membership: 1400-1450
Resources:
Connect: rochestermnchamber.com/pages/LearnDoEar

St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Professionals of Color
Audience:
 Adults
An action-oriented intitiative for keeping talented professionals of color in this region.
Website: www.saintpaulchamber.com
Membership: 1150-1200
Connect: haley@saintpaulchamber.com

Waseca Chamber of Commerce
Career Exploration
Audience:
High School
Website: www.wasecachamber.com
Membership: 200-250
Resources:
Connect:
Kim Foels, 507.835.3260, kim@wasecachamber.com

Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce
Junior Achievement
Audience:
Middle School
An educational program for every level K-12, designed to promote experiential learning, job skills, and workforce-readiness.
Website: www.worthingtonmnchamber.com
Membership: 350-400
Resources:
Connect:
Darlene Macklin, 507.372.2919, dmackl@frontiernet.net


EMPLOYMENT GUIDES & PUBLICATIONS

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
Hot Jobs Cool Companies
Audience: High School & College
A local manufacturing career guide to aide in researching of local companies, brochure & website mapping.
Website: www.winonachamber.com
Website: www.hotjobscoolcompanies.com
Membership: 550-600
Resources: Video#1 Video#2 Video#3 Video#4 Video#5
Connect: Della Schmidt, 507.452.2272, dschmidt@winonachamber.com