College & Career Readiness

  • Where do you start when choosing a career? How do you decide what you want to do after high school graduation? With the number of career choices out there, it helps to organize your options and take advantage of real-world experience opportunities. Now is the perfect time, while you are in high school, to find out what you like and don't like, to learn from career professionals, take encore/elective classes that relate to a possible career, take a finance class, take the ASVAB, go on a job shadow or two and go on field trips, take interest assessments, talk to your teachers, join a club or sport, and tour schools. Our goal is for you to feel confident walking across that graduation stage with a Plan A, a Plan B, even a Plan C, and a call to action to reach your goals. We encourage all of you to Think Big, Get Excited, Save Time, Spend Wisely, Take Control, and Stand Out because we are Panther Proud and your Park Rapids Community is here for you every step of the way! Stop by and visit the 4C, Mrs. Murphy, if you want to partake in the below programs and opportunities or if you have any questions. 

  • Career Exploration & Real-World Experience Opportunities:

    College & Career Readiness

    • Try Job Shadowing multiple career and multiple times
    • Attend Field Trips/Site Visits or community organization meetings
    • Listen to a Career Speaker in person or virtually
    • Sign up for a class with a Guest Instructor and possibly earn a certificate
    • Apply for Internships/Apprenticeships
    • Apply for Paid Employment or sign up for the business internship program
    • Try Job/Work Sampling unpaid
    • Partner with a Career Mentor to set future goals and learn from them
    • Work on a Business Sponsored Project when available

    To sign up for any of the above opportunities, visit with the 4C!
    Students Receive a Free T-Shirt for Participating!

    Important Dates

  • Grant, Scholarship, and Educational Opportunities

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    2022 Minnesota State Summer Camp Directory is Here!

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are offering over 80 summer camps for middle and high school students across the state. Most opportunities are free or low cost and span a variety of interest areas including manufacturing, graphic design, engineering/design, computer science, photography, STEM and more! Information on the camps is available at the Minnesota State website.

    CAV Career Pathways Camp

    The University of Minnesota MN CAV (Connected and Automated Vehicles) Ecosystem program provides a free one-week camp for grade 10-12 graders from August 8 to 12 on the Twin Cities campus. The students have hands-on opportunities with automated vehicles, field trips, info sessions with U of MN researchers, and career exploration in the CAV field. See more information at the MN CAV Ecosystem webpage.

    MHCA Scholarship

    The Minnesota Heating & Cooling Association (MHCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the HVAC industry. The MHCA will once again be offering MHCA scholarships to students pursuing a career in the HVAC field. Individuals who are seeking a career in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) field are invited to apply.

    Multiple $1,000.00 scholarships may be available. Applications are due May 31, 2022.

    Construction Career Scholarships

    A great number of Minnesota’s construction-related associations offer scholarships for young people seeking careers in the industry. Check out the Project Build MN website for organizations that are offering scholarships. Take a look!

    Tech Trac Student Sponsorship Program

    Luther Tech Trac is a program dedicated to supporting a select group of the best and brightest students who have shown passion and ambition for a career in the Automotive Technician fields. Find benefits and requirements at the Luther Tech Trac website.

  • Scrubs Camp 2022:
    Provided by Minnesota State HealthForce Center of Excellence

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    Registration is Open!!!
    To check out the available 2022 camps and locations, please visit: Scrubs Camp Registration Link


  • RADIO CAMP 2022 - Act Quickly!
    Sign Up for 2022 Summer Multimedia Camps

    Radio Camp 2022

    Are you a storyteller? Do you like writing? Do you like listening to the radio?

    Learn from media professionals how to tell stories about Minnesota's Indigenous communities at Radio Broadcast Camp presented by MPR News and founding partner ThreeSixty Journalism, along with KRSM Radio, American Indian Family Center and MIGIZI. 

    • Your story could air on the radio!
    • Open to high school students, presented in a hybrid format. You can attend virtually or in person at the University of St. Thomas. 
    • And, you'll earn a stipend for attending camp!

    To Apply or check out other Summer Multimedia Camps: Visit

    • Priority application deadline is March 31. Spots are Limited!
    • Questions? Contact Program Manager Dymanh Chhoun at

    Radio Camp 2022 Flyer

  • No Cost Summer Cybersecurity Camp Opportunities - Act Quickly!

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    Check out these two free summer 2022 Cyber Security camps offered by IT Center partner Alexandria Technical and Community College.

    Two fantastic opportunities are being offered this summer. ATCC will be having two GenCyber cybersecurity camps for youth.

    • GenCyber Intro Camp – Intended for students in grades 7-12 who have not attended a previous GenCyber camp. Offered on campus and virtual.
    • GenCyber Advanced Camp - Intended for students in grades 8-12 who have attended a previous GenCyber or CyberPatriot camp, or who have completed a college-level computer course. Offered in Virtual format.

    To learn more:

    GenCyber Flyer 2022

  • Healthcare Event! FIELD TRIP

    Sanford HealthNorthwest Tech College
    March 17 & April 28th from 8am-3pm

    Sanford Health, Bemidji
    Northwest Technical College, Bemidji

    Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Chaperones: Mrs. Kocka & Mrs. Murphy

    Simulation lab (robots!), nursing assistant, dental labs, medical coding, radiology, orthopedics, physical therapy, pediatrics, emergency room, lab tech., and site tours!

    Pick up a permission slip and return it to Mrs. Murphy.

  • Trades Day Event! FIELD TRIP
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    March 1, 2022 from 10am-2pm 

    Bemidji State University
    Bridgeman Hall: Technology, Art, Design Department

    Juniors & Seniors
    Chaperones: Mr. Dravis & Mrs. Murphy

    Equipment suppliers will be displaying/demonstrating/on-hand to show the latest and greatest in equipment ~ The Milwaukee display is planned to be VERY IMPRESSIVE ~ The demo's for sprayers from Graco will be really interesting ~ There is a mask mandate so everybody needs to wear a mask while on campus & bus ~ The complete list of company site tours will be available to choose from as we get closer to the event!

    Available to:
    BSU Students & Professors in Construction & Manufacturing ~ High School Trades & Industry CTE Teachers & Students from Baudette to Park Rapids ~ 28 School Districts in NW MN ~ Companies in the Bemidji Area

    Tickets Are Free!

    Vendor Participants:
    ACME, Bemidji ~ Milwaukee Tools ~ DeWalt Tools ~ ISK - safety gear, KASK helmets ~ Sherwin-Williams ~ Graco, Festool: demonstrations will be held in the spray finishing lab in Bridgeman Hall ~ Bemidji Welders Supply ~ Plumbers and Pipefitters Union

    Company Tours:
    Peterson Sheet Metal ~ More Added Daily!!!

    Pick up a permission slip and return it by Friday, February 18th, to Mrs. Murphy or Mr. Dravis.

  • RYLA Is On For Summer 2022!
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    RYLA 2022 will be July 10-16, 2022!
    If you are unfamiliar with RYLA, it is a leadership camp that our Park Rapids Rotary Club sponsors two area students to attend each summer at the University of MN Crookston Campus. Applicants can be current freshman-juniors in high school, with preference given to older students.
    Please follow the link below for more information for students to apply.
    If you have any other questions, feel free to give me a call or email me.
    Thank you!
    Dan Pike
    Park Rapids Rotary RYLA Chair

  • Prepare to Launch
    Presented by Target

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    Prepare to Launch 2021 Teaser Video

    Register for Future Sessions on eventbrite: Registration Link

    • Build Meaningful Relationships: October 29th, 11:00am-12:00pm CT
    • Engineering Your Future: November 19th, 10:00am-11:00am CT
    • Find Your Launchpad: December 10th, 9:00am-10:00am CT
    • Stay True in a Digital World: January 28th, 1:00pm-2:00pm CT
    • Money Matters: February 25th, 10:00am-11:00am CT
    • Become Agents of Change: March 25th, 9:00am-10:00am CT
    • Become the Next Game Changer: April 29th, 1:00pm-2:00pm CT
    • Find Your Place: May 6th, 11:00am-12:00pm CT

    Last Year over 10,000 students attended. 17% increase in likelihood of students to pursue STEM. 45 speakers across 34 companies. 8 schools broadcasted to their entire school in the auditorium. 

    FAQs: Will be recorded and available to watch on YouTube. All are welcome to attend. Especially great for juniors & seniors in High School!

    Prepare to Launch Sponsors

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    Stay tuned for next year!

    Provided by Sanford Health
    Saturday, October TBD, 2022
    STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION about next years camp!

  • C&C Events Calendar Below:

    Check out the C&C events calendar at the bottom of this page to view dates for upcoming college & career fairs, expos, camps, conferences, workshops, meetings, and presentations regarding various topics. Virtual events will also be listed there as well.

  • College & Career Readiness Programing
    For All 6th-12th Grade PRAS Students

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    Navigator at Park Rapids Area Schools:
    Welcome to Kuder Navigator - an all-in-one online education and career planning system that helps middle and high school students, and their parents, visualize their futures - and make the plans to get there. Through Navigator, your students will uncover insights into their personal interests, skills confidence, and work values, create education plans, learn real-world skills, and set goals for the future. Navigator is tailored to the unique needs of each grade level (6-12) to help students learn about themselves, build an education plan, and prepare for options after high school. While the system is set up in this way, students are free to progress through the system's content tabs in any order they wish. Navigator's dashboard prominently features a clear view of students' progress toward completion. This progression is guided by "My Next Steps," which suggests in-system tasks appropriate for each grade level.

    1. Gain self-awareness with research-based assessments.
    2. Identify, explore, and refine a list of occupations of interest.
    3. Identify appropriate education or training based on occupations of interest.
    4. Learn the fundamentals of the job-search prep process.

    PRAS Students Login Link:

    Navigator's Menu Options for PRAS Students:

    • Take an Assessment (Grades 6-12)
      • Kuder Career Interest Assessment® (KCIA)
      • Kuder Skills Confidence Assessment® (KSCA)
      • Super's Work Values Inventory-revised (SWVI-r)
    • Explore Occupations (Grades 6-12)
    • Explore Majors (Grades 9-12)
    • Plan for Education (Grades 8-12)
    • Plan for Work (Grades 9-12)
    • Find a Job (Grades 9-12)

    My Portfolio for PRAS Students:
    Students can build and maintain a lifelong portfolio, view their favorite career pathways, work values, occupations, schools, majors, etc., and record information in a notes tool. They can also create and edit their Ed Plans (multi-year course plans) set future goals, upload documents, and build a shareable e-Profile. 

    Want to Learn More?

  • Career Fields, Clusters, & Pathways
    Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

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    Career clusters are one way to group career choices. Careers with common features are in the same cluster. Clusters can be used during career exploration as a way to find your best career match.

    • 6 career fields are the broadest level of career options. They are shown at the center of the diagram below around the circle. They're a good place to start exploring careers.
    • Underneath those six career fields are the 16 career clusters identified by the National Career Clusters Framework. In addition, some models also include the Energy Systems cluster. Careers with the same knowledge and skills are grouped in the same cluster. Each cluster may include hundreds of different careers.
    • Each career cluster includes one or more of 81 career pathways. A pathway is a group of related career specialties within the career cluster.
      • A pathway has its own knowledge and skill requirements. Educational programs can be developed around each pathway. They include curriculum that helps learners prepare for a career. Programs of study are sequential and based on industry expectations and skill standards. Career pathways show learners of all ages which courses will give them the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pursue their career choice.
    • The center of the career pathways diagram shows knowledge and foundation skills. These are a core set of skills needed to be ready for work and college.

  • Panther Career Closet
    Available to Students!

    Panther Career Closet

    The purpose of the Panther Career Closet is to provide, free of charge, a resource of professional attire to all students currently enrolled at Park Rapids Area High School. The Panther Career Closet can help students with their professional dress needs; such as job-shadows, interviews, career fairs, academic/activity needs, or for their jobs and internships.

    • Men’s & Women’s Suits, Jackets, & Blazers
    • Men’s & Women’s Dress Pants & Skirts
    • Men’s & Women’s Dress Button Up Shirts
    • Men’s & Women’s Dress Shoes, Ties, & Belts
    • Note Pad Cases or Leather Resume Portfolios
    • Men’s & Women’s Black Dress Pants
    • Men’s & Women’s White Dress Shirts

    Panther Career Closet

  • The Prepared Panther: Resumes, Interviews, & Etiquette

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    Do you want a second look at your resume and cover letter? Then drop them off at the 4C office, no appointment needed! My mailbox in the high school office is labeled CCCC or feel free to email the 4C a copy to be critiqued. Also, if you want to practice interviewing before the big day, the 4C is here to help! Send the 4C an email to see when we can schedule a mock interview for you. Below you will find a clean and simple cover letter, resume, and references template you can download and edit. You will also find three packets containing information about applying for a position and resume creation, interviewing styles and techniques, and networking and etiquette tips. Want to set up a LinkedIn account (your online resume)? See below for more information or ask the 4C for help!

  • Rural MN CEP (Career Force) - Serving the Park Rapids & Wadena Area

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    With close to 50 CareerForce locations throughout the state, you’re sure to find one that fits your career development or talent matching needs. CareerForce is committed to helping:

    • Individuals start, advance or change their career
    • Employers attract, develop and retain talent, and
    • Minnesota thrive economically

    As a collaborative group of private, public and nonprofit partners, they offer an impressive range of innovative services, including one-on-one guidance, training, networking, labor market information and much more. They are a rich resource for anyone, from any walk of life, at any career or recruitment stage.

    Check out some of their resources below as well as links to their upcoming events: 

    Rural MN CEP Contact Information:

    Address: 124 1st St. SE, Suite 3 | Wadena, MN 56482
    Phone: 218-631-7660
    Facebook Page: RMCEP Wadena & Park Rapids Job @cepwadena

  • Thinking of College or the Military? Applying for Scholarships? Sending Transcripts?


    Then you should meet with your High School Counselor/Academic Advisor, Mrs. Schroeder! Below is the link to the Counselor's office and there will find information regarding ACT, Scholarships, FASFA, Transcripts, PSEO, and so much more. 

    PRAHS Counselor's Office

  • Virtual Career Week 2020:

    Virtual Career Week

    Virtual Career Week - Watch Last Year's CAPS Recorded Videos
    Career Exploration - 4 Days Worth of Knowledge

    In May 2020, during the global pandemic, P4P partnered with the CAPS Network and it's affiliated to bring a 4-day online event to students of ages everywhere. Virtual Career featured 20+ speakers and drew over 1,600 registered viewers of all ages.

    You can watch recordings on the link below:
    Virtual Career Week 2020

  • Panther Tracks: Post-Secondary & Career Planning

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    All Panther Track students will graduate with a Working Resume and Real-World Career Experience related to their Track
    2021 Graduating Seniors Participating will be the 1st to Receive Panther Tracks Certificates!
    To register or learn more about this academic program, visit with the 4C or follow: Panther Tracks at Park Rapids Area High School

College & Career Events Calendar

  • Panthers - Check out the below calendar to stay up to date on events happening locally and across the state and country! These events are focused on college, career and life and will either be held in-person or virtually. You will find various expos, fairs, conferences, presentations, workshops, and so much more! Click on a title that interests you to see that event's registration information and who it's sponsored by. 


  • Park Rapids & Panther Pride!