Advising Students to Navigate High-Demand Career Pathways

Join us for the next Professional Development Institute focused on supporting students in identifying best fit career pathways and the postsecondary programs that meet their needs.

Friday, January 25th

8 AM to 3 PM  (Full-Day Workshop)

Location: Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 36, 2319 Chouteau Avenue

Agenda Includes:

  • Current jobs outlook in the St. Louis metropolitan area
  • Connection to two new resources for apprenticeships, trades and non-degree programs thanks to Missouri Department of Economic Development, Ready by 21 and American Graduate at the Nine Network of Public Media
  • Work-based learning and career pathways advising resources and tools to use with students
  • Insights about employment options and the skills and academic preparation needed for careers in high-demand industries including finance/financial services, IT, healthcare and skilled trades


Program registration includes light breakfast, working lunch and transportation to/from afternoon industry site visits. 

About the Workshop: Participants will attend morning sessions and lunch at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall and travel to an optional site visit in the afternoon, returning to Sheet Metal Workers Hall by 3 PM. Please note on your registration form your first, second and third choices for the industry site visit. If you must leave after lunch, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

Free! St. Louis Graduates Professional Development Institute (PDI) attendance is free of charge. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. You must register to attend.

Who Should Attend?  Counselors and advisors who work with current high school students on postsecondary planning, including college and career pathways.

The Professional Development Institute is made possible by the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee, and The Pettus Foundation.

Thanks to the Planning Committee for this workshop, including: Beth Bender, St. Louis Public Schools, Chair, St. Louis Graduates Professional Development Committee. Alan Byrd, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Michelene Carbol, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Melissa Findley, Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation; Nataly Garzon, Ready by 21; Mary Giunta, Affton High School; Shonda Gray, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Andi Harpring, Nine Network of Public Media; Sherita Haigler, StemSTL; Katy-Jane Johnson, University City High School; Michelle Luraschi, Pattonville High School; Tamitha Walker McKinnis, St. Louis Graduates; Amber Mitchell, Jennings High School; Desiree Speed, GatewaySTEM High School; Teresa Steinkamp, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; Jennifer Tiller, EducationPlus; Danielle Washington, Wyman; Allison Williams, Wyman; Laura Winter, St. Louis Graduates.