ST PETER HERALD
A collaborative effort between Saint Peter, Tri-City United and Le Sueur-Henderson school districts, to create a new, grant-funded regional workforce development coordinator position has resulted in the hiring of Corrie Odland to that new post.
The purpose of this new, multi-district position is to help deepen the connections between the high schools in each of the three districts and their respective business communities. While the three districts were looking at the best ways to achieve that goal it became apparent that an active liaison between schools and the business community is a key ingredient in these dynamic partnerships. Through these connections, the goal is to create learning opportunities for students all around the region.
Odland began her new position on Jan. 2 and has kept very busy familiarizing herself with the three school districts and their respective communities. She has lived in St. Peter for the past 10 years, she already has had somewhat of a head start.
“So far I’ve met with representatives from each of the three school districts and visited their respective buildings, and I’m very excited to be involved in this position from the very beginning,” Odland said. “My main goals so far have been to establish contacts and tour each of the buildings, and also find out what the goals of each district are and also find out what employers in their communities with which to contact.
“Having lived here in St. Peter as long as I have, I feel I have a strong connection here, and I look forward to building that kind of connection with the TCU and Le Sueur-Henderson communities.”
Odland has prior experience working with career exploration and development, having worked for seven years at Gustavus Adolphus College in career development as well as similar work experience at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Mesabi Range College, Virginia, and Century College, White Bear Lake.
“My experience there involved personal counseling, academic advising, and career counseling, and feel that bodes well with this new position as workforce development coordinator,” she said. “Big picture, my main goals overall are to provide local high school students with opportunities to explore careers and gain career-relative experiences and provide a chance for local employers to introduce to students the opportunities they have, while also building on those partnerships.
“I’m still getting acclimated to the position and it will be a learning experience for everyone involved, but everyone I’ve met so far has been very receptive and, like me, are very excited about the possibilities.”