Workforce Development Foundation

Our Focus: Work Ready, Upper Level High School Students

The Workforce Development Foundation helps fund initiatives to enhance career exploration to empower high school students now to ensure they are ready to be employed in the next one to four years in a career that pays a living wage. By providing career exploration and leadership training through tours, career fairs, job shadowing, internships, and speakers in the classroom, the Foundation invests in quality opportunities today, for a stronger workforce tomorrow.
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Featured Initiatives

In Person Speakers- With schools back in session, we have the option to have business professionals come into a classroom to discuss the industry they work in or a career path they have taken. This allows students to understand what steps it may take to get into a certain industry/career and create a connection with someone who is already within that industry.

Business Career Panels- Another workforce initiative is to help students make career decisions and make valuable connections. At these events, students not only hear from business professionals in a panel discussion, but they also have the opportunity to talk with them one on one in the speed table discussion portion where students can ask questions and understand the steps it may take to get into that career.

In Person Talent Tours– We help coordinate students to visit a facility to see how a business runs along with their day-to-day activities. This helps students gather insight into what a certain business or industry is like after school and allows these businesses to connect with the future workforce.

Talent Tours & Job Shadowing- Talent tours are tours of local companies to provide high school students exposure to different careers. Students have visited Mate, RMS, Graco, Hubbard Broadcasting, TPC Twin Cities and others. We have also facilitated many job shadowing opportunities in a variety of industries.

Careers in the Classroom- Our “Careers in the Classroom: Are You (Work) Ready?” PowerPoint presentation is geared towards middle and high school students. It encourages them to think about how much money they will need to live after graduation, as well as provides information on different career paths to support their areas of interest and financial goals.

Career Exploration Video Library- The Chamber sets up a business to do a zoom meeting or pre-recorded video for students to view pertaining to a certain industry or career path. See below for an example.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in any or all of the above initiatives, please reach out to us at

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