February Issue 2021

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Coordinator's Corner

With the challenges we have faced due to COVID-19, we have found success by taking one day at a time. Recognizing our "easy wins" while reflecting on the challenges we face has helped us navigate this school year in one piece. In my role, my attention has quickly turned from the daily focus to the 2021-2022 school year. Registration is in full swing so creating awareness of MNCAPS to prospective students, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders. Awareness of the work my staff has led this school year needs to take the front of the stage in this month's newsletter. Our students recently completed our mid-year survey and the data continues to support that our "customers" are very happy with the experience they are having at MNCAPS!

  • 95.1% of our students would recommend MNCAPS to a friend.
  • 98.4% of our students believe we are preparing them well for their future.
  • 81.4% of our students rated the relationships with their teachers as a 3 or a 4. (4 points scale, 1 indicating "limited relationship developed, 4 indicating "best possible relationship")
  • Our net promoter score is 44. (This is a customer loyalty metric used in industry. A score between 30-70 is considered "great".)

**184 of our 240 students completed our mid-year survey.**

The fluctuation between hybrid and distance learning has not phased my staff's resilience and their focus on relationships with students. It has absolutely changed HOW they work and WHAT they do on a daily basis but the WHY behind their work remains constant!. They understand WHO we serve and what needs they have in their personal and professional lives, and they understand how much our students need them right now! I love our students but my team inspires me day in and day out. If you have a minute, I invite you to send a note to your student's teachers to recognize their resilience, patience, creativity, dedication, flexibility, and passion! It's these notes that fuel their energy levels; which is much needed as we ramp up to tackle 2nd semester! (And survive this artic blast!)

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Curious about MNCAPS?

Mr. Sill and current students will be available to answer questions during our MNCAPS Student/Parent Information Meeting. See information below.

MNCAPS Student/Parent Information Meeting for 2021-2022

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

This meeting is for students and parents interested in the MNCAPS program and to answer any questions prospective students and their families may have for 2021-2022 school year.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 3934 5723

Passcode: Tp8quy

MNCAPS Student Advisory Council

Our Student Advisory Council is providing tours for potential students.See link to sign-up below.

If you are a current 10th or 11th grader and are thinking about applying to MNCAPS, our student advisory council members can answer your questions and fill you in on what to expect as a MNCAPPER!

MNCAPS Prospective Student Tour of Building

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 2pm

17685 Juniper Path

Lakeville, MN

Tours will be open to new and prospective students. Limited to 10 students per time slot.

Link to sign up:

Introducing a New Pathway - Trades!

New Pathway Alert! Proud to introduce our new Trades Pathway, focusing on construction. This Pathway will be hosted at Prior Lake High School!

MNCAPS Mentor Moment - Embracing Diversity

Here are this month's discussion questions that may drive student and mentor discussions:

February Theme: Embrace Diversity

  1. Describe the diversity in your workplace
  2. How is diversity celebrated in your workplace?
  3. What do you see as the most challenging aspect of a diverse working environment? What steps have you taken to meet this challenge?
  4. What are the positive aspects of a diverse working environment?
  5. What kinds of experiences have you had working with others with different backgrounds than your own?
  6. What efforts have you made, or been involved with, to foster diversity competence and understanding?

Foundations of Business Project Sponsors

Foundation of Business Students worked with 10 different clients this past semester. Each team was provided a list of deliverables by the client and used surveys and market research to support their research driven recommendations in executing the requested deliverables. A HUGE shout out to all of our client partners who allowed these students to gain real world experience to enhance their learning experience and ultimately gain confidence in presenting to individuals not normally in their comfort zone.
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BIZ MIX Project Sponsors

Thanks also to our BIZ MIX Project Sponsors. Our Biz Mix Students had to do a bit of cold-calling and recruit their sponsor.
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Healthcare Year 2

Healthcare Year 2 CNA students leading the daily, virtual “Standup” meeting to their nursing unit. Presenting Nursing Care Plans to their peers as well as professional nurses. Thank you all of the wonderful nursing staff that joined us to provide real world, authentic feedback.