2017 ACTE Career Guidance Award
College and Career Readiness Specialist
Northeast Metro ISD 916 – Career Technical Center
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
As the career and college readiness specialist at the
Northeast Metro Career Technical Center (CTC) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota,
Shelli Sowles developed the center’s first career and college readiness series
(CCRS). The series was so successful that students from outside CTC started
attending and it has since become a mandatory offering for CTC students. Sowles
was instrumental in facilitating the expansion of a statewide data-driven
college articulation repository website which has dramatically increased
communication and visibility for career exploration and college credit
opportunities. It is now used in over half the state Perkins consortia with
participation from over 300 high schools and 31 two-year Minnesota colleges.
Furthermore, Sowles directly contributed to the expansion of concurrent
enrollment/transcripted college credit option for students, helping high school
students earn over 3,200 college credits last year, saving families nearly $50,000
in college tuition.
In addition to these initiatives, Sowles’
contributions to student leadership programs have made a significant impact on
CTC students’ opportunities and success. The SkillsUSA chapter Showles launched
at CTC has grown in the last five years from one 12-student program to eight
programs of over 350 student members. In 2010, Sowles developed the CTC
student ambassador program to develop the leadership skills of the center’s
most promising students. The program has grown to recruit 100 students a year,
and has been cited by the North Central Accreditation AdvancED Committee as a
vital part of student success at the CTC.
“I have seen [Shelli] work with and lead students in such a way they see their
potential, abilities and future careers,” says Carrie Hageman, Century College
Career Services Director. “She is a team member…one that I have relied on and
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