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Planning for a Career & College

Every MPS high school has a Career & College Center to help students live the life of their dreams beyond high school, whether by earning a certificate from a technical school, pursuing higher education or entering a career.

High school counselors and Career & College Center coordinators work with students to help answer a series of questions using Naviance, an online career and college planning resource, and to develop a customized My Life Plan, which guides students in transitioning from school to further education and work. The Career & College Centers are a collaborative program of Minneapolis Public Schools and AchieveMpls, a foundation for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Naviance is a web-based post-secondary planning tool used across the school district by counselors, students, families and teachers to assist students with forming and executing a plan for life after high school. With this tool, counselors track the My Life Plan graduation requirement, students’ career interests and the college application and outcome process. This tool also has a district-maintained scholarship and summer opportunity database.

Counselors use Naviance as a main tool for communication, whether through news bulletins or through directed e-mails. Naviance has numerous inventories to assist with self-exploration as well as college, career and scholarship search capabilities. Students and families each have unique, secure access to their account, allowing them to take a lead role in planning and managing their plans for life after high school. For more information, contact your high school counselor or Career & College Center coordinator.

All students graduating from Minneapolis Public Schools are required to complete the My Life Plan (MLP) graduation requirement. MLP poses three main questions to students:

Who am I?

  • What am I interested in?
  • What is important to me?
  • What do I like to do?

Where am I going?

  • What kind of work fits who I am?
  • What level of education or training after high school do I need for the work I want to do?

How do I get there?

  • What schools/programs offer the skills and knowledge I need?
  • How do I apply for college?
  • How do I find the resources to help pay for college?


MLP has required activities/milestones at each grade level and is facilitated through Naviance. These activities include personality, learning style and interest assessments; resume writing; and college search and plan formation.


If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700 or 612.668.1840. 

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