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Bush Foundation Grant advances TriDistrict career and college readiness programs

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 — The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness (CCR) Initiative (CCR) continues to receive outside support, including the recent awarding of a $100,000 grant from the Bush Foundation in partnership with 2Revolutions, to further its career pathways for South St. Paul, Simley and Henry Sibley high school students.

CCR student group This fall marked the launch of the new TriDistrict pathways programs, which offers students the opportunity to enroll in one of two programs —  Careers in Transportation Business and Technologies, housed at North American Trailer in Inver Grove Heights, or Healthcare Careers and Medicine, located at Twin Cities Orthopedics' new Viking Lakes facility in Eagan. The mission of these programs, and the entire TriDistrict CCR Initiative, is to change the high school experience for students by exposing them to the career opportunities that exist in and around the TriDistrict area.

"We are so excited to have received this generous grant from the Bush Foundation's Individualized Learning Initiative,” said Ben Kusch, lead designer of the TriDistrict CCR initiative.  “The grant will provide needed resources for teachers and teacher training, student transportation, classroom materials, and resources to help host a national convening of programs like ours to share our experiences and advance our practice in supporting personalized and immersive learning for students."

This grant is the result of more than a year of engagement with the Bush Foundation, 2Revolutions, both of whom are focused on being leaders in education through their support for innovative school design and individualized learning. Kusch also credits the TriDistrict school communities and partners with the grant’s success.

“Equally important in this endeavor has been the collaboration and partnership between the teachers, students, administrators, and community members of our TriDistrict schools and our community and business partners,” he said. “It was truly through a group effort that this grant, and the work it supports, became a reality."

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