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IMPACT 20-20 college collaborative

By Andrew Svec on
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In a first of its kind collaboration, five Northwest Minnesota colleges are teaming up to increase the college and career readiness of area high school students. The members of this collective effort are called the IMPACT 20/20 College Collaborative.

The collaborative has identified 85 high demand careers within the region and will visit seven regional high schools in November and December to tell students about regional career opportunities and how to prepare for them. Schools and visit dates are as follows:

  • Clearbrook-Gonvick High School (in Clearbrook) on Friday, November 13, at 1 p.m.
  • Red Lake County Central (in Oklee) on Tuesday, November 17, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Crookston High School on Wednesday, November 25, at 9 am.
  • Lafayette High School (in Red Lake Falls) on Wednesday, November 25, at 10 a.m.
  • Fertile-Beltrami High School (in Fertile) on Wednesday, November 25, at 8:30 a.m.
  • East Grand Forks High School on Tuesday, December 1, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Kelliher High School on Tuesday, December 8, at 10 a.m.

Michelle Christopherson, director of the Center for Adult Learning at the University Minnesota Crookston, said “today’s kids have so many options, but too often, they do not realize the number of resources and opportunities there are for them right here in Northwest Minnesota. The collaborative is working to change that.”

Participating institutions in the IMPACT 20/20 College Collaborative include Bemidji State University, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, University of Minnesota Crookston, and White Earth Tribal and Community College. Leaders of all five institutions are members of the IMPACT 20/20 Leadership Council, a group of senior executives from across the region who focus on growing the economy. For more information on IMPACT 20/20 or the College Collaborative, go to


Michelle Christopherson
Center for Adult Learning

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