What is Stride Career Prep?
Are you an 8th–12th grader looking to get a jump-start on your future? With Stride Career Prep, you can use your high school years to figure out where you want to go and how to get there. In addition to core courses, you'll take career-focused electives to explore your options and find your passion—all while earning your high school diploma. Discovering what you want to do now can prepare you to dive into a career right out of high school or help you make the right decision about your college major.
You can also:
Participate in career clubs
Prepare to take industry-recognized certification exams upon graduation*
Gain workplace skills
Learn More About Career Pathways
Hear from Krin Abraham, Head of School for Minnesota Virtual Academy, as she provides information about the Stride Career Prep student experience.
Job Shadow Week
Stride K12 teamed up with businesses across the nation to give students the opportunity to explore different career fields while discovering their passions. Watch as Stride K12-powered students experience Job Shadow Week.
Stride Career Prep students can enroll in career clubs, also called career technical service organizations (CTSOs). CTSOs give students with similar career interests the opportunity to connect, practice professional skills, work on service projects, take field trips, and compete against other schools at the local, state, and national levels. Stride Career Prep at MNVA offers this career club:
With curriculum that covers 130 job categories and more than 600 national partners—businesses, trade associations, and unions—SkillsUSA gives students the opportunity to:
Practically apply what they learn in the classroom
Take courses in addition to those offered by the MNVA course catalog
Participate in academic competitions and community service activities
Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
Earn scholarships offered exclusively through SkillsUSA
*Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.