As a professional, there are many ways you can get involved with Career and College Pathways. Guest instructors provide their expertise on topics aligned to the Pathways curriculum. Teachers use an approach to learning that enables students to master academic core content first and then see how this learning is implemented by business partners to provide solutions to real-world challenges. 

Multiple Ways to Partner

Project Sponsor

Provide an 8-10 week project with real deliverables for students to solve problems related to your organization.

Career Speaker

Visit our school and speak with/to students.

Guest Instructor

Work with teacher to plan and deliver a lesson.

Site Visits

Students accompanied by staff.

Job Shadow Opportunities

Allow a student to spend a few hours for a few days accompanying an employee in the performance of his or her daily duties.

Job/Work Sampling

Volunteer work by a student that allows the student to spend meaningful time in a work environment to learn basic work readiness skills along with the “soft skills” required for success in the workplace.

  • Short-term
  • Unpaid
  • Supervised by district staff


Formal agreements where students are assigned specific tasks in a workplace over a predetermined period of time.

  • Paid or unpaid
  • Tasks mutually agreed upon by company and student

Paid Employment

  • Student is hired as a paid employee
  • Informal support from District Work-Based Learning Teacher as needed


  • Group mentoring: A mentor may work with a group of mentees.
  • E-mentoring: An adult mentors a young person through email or internet
  • Professional mentoring: A mentor works one-on-one with a student with regard to his/her field of interest and develops a relationship
  • Project Mentor: Work with a group of students to assist with a project

Interested in Partnership?

If you are interested in becoming a partner of Spring Lake Park Schools' Career and College Pathways, please contact Melissa Olson at 763-600-5217 or

2018-19 Project Partners

Thank you to our project sponsors!

  • Urban Air
  • National Sports Center
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Rise nonprofit
  • Metro North Chamber of Commerce
  • Infinite Campus