Compass is an experiential career studies program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Students who enroll in the program earn high school and college credit while exploring career paths and working side-by-side with professionals in the workplace. Courses are designed and taught in collaboration with business leaders in our community and faculty from North Hennepin and Normandale Community Colleges.

Helping our students chart their future
Working professionals have a hand in creating the curriculum for Compass classes and also serve as guest instructors so that students are better able to understand how what they are learning comes to life in the workplace. This type of educational experience can help students make better informed decisions about their post-high school education and careers and help them be more prepared for the workplace.

A Proven Program Model
Compass derives its inspiration from CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies), a proven business-community-public education partnership model launched by the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas in 2009. The Overland Park program has served hundreds of students, partnered with more than a hundred businesses and garnered accolades from students, educators and the business community. Since 2009, dozens of school districts, including several in Minnesota, have introduced CAPS-inspired programs. Many districts, including Wayzata, are members of the CAPS Network.

We are looking for mentors, guest instructors, and project partners to help us teach our Compass students.

Each student is paired with a mentor to provide support as they learn about a related industry. Reach out to Miriam Lejonvarn if you are interested or complete the Mentor Application.

Does your company have a project that you that you never quite get to? Contact Scott Tordeur if you are interested in becoming a business partner.

Would you like to share your expertise as a guest instructor? Help us deliver relevant curriculum to our students by contacting Scott Tordeur.

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Scott Tordeur
Compass Coordinator
Graphic Communications Teacher

Scott Tordeur

Miriam Lejonvarn
Compass Mentor Coordinator

Mirian Lejonvarn

Compass Course Offerings for 2018-2019

Graphic Communications – Fall Semester

Composition for College and Advanced Applied Graphics

4 Credits (2 in English, 2 in ETD, and meets Art Requirement)

Eligible for Concurrent Enrollment Credits at North Hennepin Community College

Instructors: Scott Tordeur and Dawn Johnson

Ecology of Food and Nutrition Education - Fall Semester

Ecology of Foods and Nutrition Education

4 Credits (2 in Science, 2 in FACS)

Eligible for Concurrent Enrollment Credits at North Hennepin Community College

Instructors: Anne Swanson and Miriam Lejonvarn

Business Management and Economics – Spring Semester

Economics & Principals of Management

4 Credits (2 in Social Studies, 2 in Business)

Eligible for Concurrent Enrollment at North Hennepin Community College

Instructors: Peter McKown and Paul Kimbler

Cybersecurity and Applied Mathematics - Spring Semester

Mathematics & Networking

4 Credits (2 in Math, 2 in Business)

Eligible for Concurrent Enrollments at Century College

Instructors: Kate Granlund and Tika Kude

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