Golden Path Newsletter – March 2024

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The Fargo Forum recently featured Golden Path Solutions and the successful career journey of Tyler Knott, a machinist with Leister Custom Machining in Horace, ND.

Knott first learned of this career from his cousin, his manufacturing class at Fargo South High School, and through Golden Path. Thanks to a match in Compass, Knott connected with Koerber Pharma in high school and was offered a sponsorship. The opportunity covered his post-secondary tuition at the North Dakota State College of Science and guaranteed him a job after college. Korber transitioned their machining division to Leister Machining in Horace and Knott’s now one of their rockstars, has no college debt, and is getting ready to purchase a home!

Sponsorships are a key feature of Golden Path’s comprehensive strategy to guide students in meaningful career exploration while building employers’ future workforce. Like Knott, students can experience careers directly through work-based learning experiences like internships, learn more about potential careers in Career Profiles, and ultimately be matched with employers through sponsorships.

And best of all?

We’re here to support that process every step along the way with trainings, events, new Compass features, and more.

Here’s how we’re building connections this month:


Golden Path presenting at national WBL conference

Golden Path will present at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) 2024 Work-Based Learning Conference May 1-3 in Milwaukee, WI. The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Strong Business and Community Connections and Robust Learning Experiences for Students.”

We will be sharing our work with WBLs in conjunction Dawn Ulmer from the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (NDCTE) and Gwen Marsh from XAP. We’re excited to see how other states can leverage a thriving ecosystem of schools, employers, and students, helping everyone find each other and plan for the future.


Career professional workshops set for April

North Dakota educators and career professionals are encouraged to attend the NDCTE Career Resource Network Spring Workshop. The in-service training will be offered April 9-25 at six locations across the state. Golden Path will be presenting at the trainings, which will provide information about education and career opportunities in each region.


New employers join the ecosystem

We are thankful for the newest companies in Compass that are sharing Career Profiles or work-based learning opportunities with schools and students. We are excited to welcome new employer organizations: Elite Health & Fitness in Williston, ND; Nelson Farm and Ranch in Keene, ND; Hess Corporation out of Tioga, ND; Milestone Health Partners in Watford City; Wallwork Truck Center across North Dakota; MnDOT in Detroit Lakes; CNH in Fargo; and more. We’re also excited to see existing employers add more opportunities to Compass, including Fargo (ND) Jet Center and Bobcat, just to name a couple.


Compass community pages available soon

We’re close to launching our Compass community solution, built in partnership with Watford City, ND. The new feature will showcase each community’s amenities, employers, and careers, making it easier for a job seeker to understand if they are a good fit for that community. It will also provide more information about employers (including new employer-focused pages), a new way of searching for career opportunities (by community), and a way to showcase organizations that aren’t currently part of Compass (such as colleges). After our Watford City launch, we’ll explore how other communities can take advantage of this new offering.


Patrick recognized as NDCA Friend of Counseling

Patrick was honored to receive the Friend of Counseling Award at the North Dakota School Counseling Association’s (NDCA) Annual Conference in February for the work we’re doing at Golden Path. The award recognizes “an individual or group outside of the counseling profession who supports, advocates, and encourages counseling in North Dakota.”

It’s a privilege for all of us at Golden Path to be able to work with counselors, career advisors, teachers, and other school professionals across the state who want to do whatever they can to help our students be successful. If we can help them do that, we consider that a win!


A Golden Path employee at two American Crystal Sugar employees are pictured at the American Crystal Sugar table at the NDSCS Career Fair
A Golden Path employee and two Expanse employees are pictured at the Expanse table at the NDSCS Career Fair
McNeilus Steel employee speaking to a classroom of students at West Fargo High School
Patrick is pictured at the conference receiving the Friend of Counseling Award.

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