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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cathy Kindem recognized by Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board

Cathy Kindem, Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Independent School District 196, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools received the Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Development Award at the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board's (WIB) annual legislative and awards event Dec. 11.

The award is named after Mark McAfee, a former Workforce Investment Board member who died in 2010. McAfee focused on helping people attain the skills and training they need to become self-sufficient. The award is presented to an individual who has championed workforce issues at the local, state or federal level.
 
One of Kindem's roles is to co-facilitate the District's Business Partnership group which serves as a conduit between the local education and business communities to create opportunities for students in preparation for the world of work. This innovative partnership is now in its fourth year. "Where's the Math?" is a current project developing a video collection, accessed by students, featuring appearances by local professionals describing how they use math in their everyday work.  Also featured this year are high school female/parent breakfast events with female Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) college students and working STEM professionals speaking on tips and strategies for navigating a non-traditional career pathway.
 
Supporting females and other non-traditional student groups in STEM careers is one of Kindem's ongoing passions. She helps coordinate the District STEM Career Fair, offering hundreds of students the opportunity to interact with STEM professionals.  She also recently helped coordinate a partnership with Target Corporation to send a group of female students from each of the District's high schools to attend TWIST (Target Women in Science and Technology). The all-day event at Target headquarters provided students the opportunity to learn about STEM careers and experiment with work as a food scientist, computer programmer, product developer and much more.

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