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West Broadway Education and Career Collaborative

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Education and workforce partners think outside the box to serve students and job seekers.

We recognize that different students have different needs that can’t always be met by a one-size-fits-all education system. We have worked hard to meet these diverse needs through programs like Transition Plus, Online Learning and our Adult Education Programs.

In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)/North Minneapolis Workforce Center, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, we are designing and developing the new West Broadway Education and Career Collaborative.

The general concept is to serve non-traditional learners with a focus on students who have left high school before earning their diploma or who are at risk for leaving high school. It will be a place for people to re-engage and move to their next step whether that is a job/career path, training or post-secondary education. This is an opportunity to combine what we know works well with something new that has great promise.

This center will help us fulfill our mission of every child college and career ready and aligns closely with our strategic plan (LINK). While many details are still being developed, here are some of the ideas that have been proposed:

  • Dual credit opportunities—high school/GED and college credit earned simultaneously through partnerships with MCTC and other community colleges.
  • MPS K-12 and MPS Adult Education career pathways with a direct connection to jobs or training.
  • Extended service hours -- evenings/weekends and flexible scheduling to align with the needs/schedule of the learner.
  • Project-based learning where real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge.
  • 21st century technology with flexible spaces to support both large group and small group learning.
  • Vocational work assessment and exploration with direct connection to employers.
  • Intentional connections made between academic learning and work-based learning opportunities.
  • Developing internships/apprenticeships to engage participants in real-life job experience in a specific career.
  • A place where community services and education work together to serve the youth and adults in the community.
  • A "community as campus” concept, allowing students/job seekers to incorporate  services from community agencies into their plan to reduce redundancy and duplication.

Project Details

  • Estimated cost: $6.4 million
  • Building Size/Layout: The building is two-stories of equal size and approximately 47,000 sq. ft. The North Minneapolis Workforce Center and NorthPoint Health and Wellness will be on the first floor along with up to three retail  spaces. (The retail will face Broadway and then entrance for the building will face Aldrich.)   An educational center headed by Minneapolis Public School and partnered with Minneapolis Community and Technical College will be on the second floor.
  • Builder/Developer: Sherman Associates, Inc.
  • Parking/Transportation: Located at 800 West Broadway, the building is centrally located on the 14 and 30 buses and near the 5 and 22 bus route.  Onsite parking is also available.
  • Scheduled to open spring 2016