Career Center

Career Center

Julie Peterson, Career Center Coordinator, is available on student days only when school is in session. During the 2017-2018 school year, she is now available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at (952) 232-3306.

The Lakeville South Career Center is located in Student Services and is the hub of all college and career planning.  If you are representing a college or career option, please GO HERE to schedule a visit to meet with our Lakeville South students.

ACT Prep Class:   Lakeville South partners with Advantage Prep to offer an inexpensive option for ACT preparation that is available to our students on-site, at North, and other nearby community high schools.  Classes are scheduled around each National test date and students are able to retake the class as many times as they would like without additional cost.  With various site options, students can also make-up a class if unable to attend on their regular day, sometime during the session.  Here are the LATE Fall class offerings.

ONLINE CAREER & EDUCATION WORKSHOPS:  If you are unsure about your education and career goals, you are not alone!  Are you doing anything to help set your career goals? Not sure where to start?  We have a license for MCIS which is for all LSHS students to use as a great all around tool.   Otherwise, there is also the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Online Career Workshops that might be for you! These FREE on-line workshops will assist you in gaining more knowledge about your skills, interests, work values, and personality and how they relate to possible careers. You will learn more about potential careers including necessary skills, market outlook, salary and work descriptions. You will explore academic programs and majors, or choose the military workshop to prepare you for possible careers and learn how to develop an action plan and set goals to achieve your objectives.  Each one is a 2-4 hour commitment and you receive instructor feedback, also! Click here for more information and to register.


Advanced Placement Exams (AP) are scheduled to take place the first two weeks of May.  Exam registration takes place in FeePay and will be announced early in 2018.  Students can practice in MCIS. If log-in assistance is needed, please email or see Julie Peterson in the Career Center.

CAREER SEMINAR (formerly known as Career Jamboree) – A graduation requirement for juniors, this year’s event was held on Thursday, November 30th and is generously coordinated by the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce.  The Seminar provides our Juniors with the opportunity to hear from a couple of business/industry representatives from a company and career area relative to career test results.  It is a great way to find out more about careers, explore interests and gain knowledge for future planning.  The event takes place during the school day now and here at South for our own students.  Resources for students here!

College Entrance Exam and Prep (ACT)   In cooperation with Advantage Educational Programs, Lakeville South and Lakeville North offer ACT preparatory classes in both high schools and at schools in nearby communities as well.  The next set of classes begin in January.  Paper copies of practice tests, listings of registration dates and registration information for both the ACT & SAT are available in the Career Center.  There are also on-line practice tests within MCIS in a timed format which also provides results and customized feedback.  Make use of the academic test prep provided with the on-line course also free of charge and available at your convenience!  Click here for more detailed listing of various resources!
Statewide ACT for Juniors will be held during the school day here at Lakeville South on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  All LSHS Juniors were automatically registered to take the exam, unless we received parent permission for opt-out.  Results can take 2-8 weeks.  Additional opportunities to take the exam are through ACT National Dates and can be found on-line or flyers are available in the Career Center.

College & Career Visitors – We have a variety of visitors for post-secondary options coming from far and wide to LSHS every week!!  Students interested in meeting with the representatives can stop down to the Career Center for a pass. Our College Visitor Calendar on the new site offers a great copy feature to add events directly on to your own personal calendar, including the option for text and email reminders of upcoming events.

College Resources

High School Testing –   PSAT is held every year for all interested 10th and 11th grade students.  Juniors are eligible for National Merit Scholarships depending on their test results for this Preliminary SAT exam. Registration for this year’s test is done  The test this year was held on on Wednesday, October 11th.   As of Tuesday, December 12, score reports are now available for pick-up in the Career Center.
Payment and sign-up was through the district FeePay system.  If your student missed the test, they could pick up the packet & practice test still from this year to help prepare themselves for the future.  There is also practice PSAT in MCIS.  For more information about the test itself, please visit the College Board website with PSAT/NMSQT detail.
Job Opportunities – Many area businesses advertise job opportunities at LSHS.  They are posted on the Student Information board alongside the school store in the commons and also available in a binder which would be available to copy.  If you are a business wishing to post an opening, please mail or drop off a posting if you prefer color and/or larger than 8-1/2 x 11. Otherwise, feel free to email any openings to but be sure to include relative information like job description, minimum age requirement, etc….

MCIS – Lakeville School District has a license for the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) to give our students additional tools for test prep, explore possible career paths using interest inventories, post secondary options – school sort, majors or scholarships, planning and so much more!  This is free to use even after high school as long as we hold the license and/or your account has been active within the past four years.  This could include building and/or keeping a resume, looking for jobs, etc..  Please email Julie Peterson for log-in details.

OPPORTUNITIES DAY –  This year’s event was held on Thursday, December 7th.  Students who miss the day will need to do make up work as the activities are a requirement for graduation.
Seniors are responsible on their own for setting up the day for job shadowing. That can also be done any day prior, for instance other non-school days like Oct 19-20 or Nov 3-6 or afterwards with non school days in January & February.  Job shadows are due prior to Spring Break.  More information can be found on the Senior Job Shadow page of our website.
Juniors participate in a group tour of a post secondary campus more information will come during their Social Studies class in the near future.
Sophomores last year learned more about decision making and what poor choices can result in by observing a mock car crash, then go on to learn more about good choices for post secondary planning including ACT exams, etc… then rotated through presentations by representatives of a 4 year public, 4 year private, 2 year public and 2 year technical college as well as a branch of the military.
Last year our Freshmen started out the day finding out about poor decision making with the mock car crash as well.  They went on then to take an interest profile assessment which provides results in reference to Holland’s six personality theory, as most people are one of six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.  Results help find out which ones they are most like and the careers and college majors that might fit them best. They researched some occupations relative to that and then find out about course planning for their future based on those interests including course offerings available at LSHS.
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PSEO – Postsecondary Enrollment Options is a program that allows 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. 11th and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If they earn at least a “C” they can take additional CTE courses. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”. If the student meets this standard, they may be eligible to enroll in CTE courses, as identified by the Minnesota State College and University System (MNSCU). Additionally there may be requirements and prerequisites for CTE courses. Additional information to consider:

  • Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in the Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.
  • PSEO credits will be awarded as 1/4 of the college credit amount. For example 4 college credits = 2 high school semester credits or 1 full year.
  • Students may earn high school credits under PSEO and do not need to have completed all high school requirements before participating in PSEO
  • Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.
  • Grade point and class rank requirements for participation in PSEO vary among institutions of higher education.
  • Tuition and books or fees for items that are required to participate are provided at no cost to the student under PSEO.
  • PSEO grades are not weighted.
  • Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses.

Students should meet with their Dean to discuss this possibility and to obtain more information. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage. Scholarships and AwardsSenior Job Shadow Assignment

Hosted College Events:

  • NAVIGATING the COLLEGE SEARCH  \ˈna-və-ˌgāt\  To find the way to get to a place when you are traveling…     College can be for everyone, you just have to be informed as you navigate the process.  Parents and their students who did not attend this very informative seminar offered for both Lakeville South and Lakeville North on MONDAY, September 25th at Lakeville North can access the PowerPoint presentation here!
  • COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING NIGHT sponsored by the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce. Parents and students of any age really should plan to stop even if you have another child/sibling who is in college or have attended college.  Things have changed, including last year with the availability of filing FAFSA beginning in October now!  The event for this year will be held at North on Monday, October 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm in North’s auditorium.
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