Date(s) - 01/14/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Our region is facing a growing worker shortage and one of the country’s largest equity gaps in employment, wages and education. While companies struggle to find skilled workers, many young people lack the resources and connections necessary to identify and secure high-demand, family-sustaining careers.

Many believe that Career Technical Education (CTE) has the power to bridge this opportunity gap by making education relevant and experiential, and by equipping students with the skills and connections they need to secure living-wage careers.

Join us at our next EDTalks, where local education and employment leaders will explore what CTE looks like in the 21st century and why it’s so critical to introduce students to multiple pathways to success as they pursue their career passions. The event will be emceed by Adia Morris.


Hanane Kachman, Fairview Health Services

Hanane serves as Workforce Development Consultant at Fairview Health Services. She has extensive experience in specialty recruitment, workforce planning, pipeline creation, strengthening diversity and inclusion, and building partnership with educators and public officials. Hanane is currently focused on creating career pathway programs that begin in high school and continue through a variety of post-secondary opportunities, including community and four-year college, training programs for working adults, internships and fellowships.

Brendon Paulson, Anoka Technical College

Brendon is a Minnesota native who started working in a machine shop while he was in high school. He attended Anoka Technical College after graduation, with tuition paid by his employer, All American Manufacturing. Brendon has worked in medical manufacturing for 20 years, helping to develop processes and components to meet the needs of the medical device market. He has worked with Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St Jude, Covidien and other major medical suppliers. In 2014, he became an machine shop instructor at Anoka Technical College where he enjoys helping students understand the many manufacturing processes used today.

Sara Etzel, Minneapolis Public Schools

Sara  is Director of Career & Technical Education for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and a national America Achieves Fellow. At MPS, Sara is leading an innovative team of educators in a systems-change effort to expand access to co-curricular STEM experiences, develop career exploration opportunities that align with Minnesota’s “World’s Best Workforce” legislation, and create experiential learning that better equips students to succeed in a wide range of disciplines.

EDTalks: Career & Technical Education
Monday, January 14, 2019
Doors: 5:30pm, Program: 6-7:30pm
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis (map)

Tickets: $5, includes appetizers by Icehouse

> Click here to register

EDTalks are lively conversations about issues impacting public education and our young people. These programs are presented by AchieveMpls and Citizens League in partnership with Indigo Education and Pollen and sponsored by The Bush Foundation and the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation.