“94% of students who said their career exploration course was their primary source of advice believed they could find work in the career they want in the region in which they reside.”

-MN DEED Student Survey

Due to the workforce shortage and low unemployment rates, employers now have to do more with less. FutureForward™ is a FREE tool that seamlessly connects employers, educators, and students with career connected learning experiences that drive long-term impact for our workforce.


Provide skill-based opportunities that support professional development and talent retention, attract and develop a talent pipeline, and leverage young people’s innovative and diverse ideas.


  • Create a company profile with video and photo upload that showcases your business and industry.
  • Post opportunities such as company-sponsored career events, site tours/field trips, individual student or group job shadows, and teacher externships.
  • Offer to be a classroom speaker.
  • Push notifications of events to students and educators for streamlined communication.
  • Built-in direct message functionality between educators, students, and business professionals.
  • Easy “opt in” and “opt out” preferences.
  • Business feedback tools and reporting.


Connect with employers to engage in experiential and work-based learning opportunities for career awareness and recruitment and application of coursework in real world settings.


  • Experiences include classroom guest speakers, informational interviews, project based learning, site visits/field trips, and job shadows.
  • Curriculum and document library to share guest instructor lessons, common forms, templates, and vetted career-connected learning resources.
  • Scheduling, registration, and other management tools for career fairs and other events.
  • Educator approval capabilities for matching individual students to the best work-based learning experiences.
  • Built-in direct message functionality between educators, students, and business professionals.
  • Student feedback tools and reporting.

We are able to offer FutureForward due to a partnership with Southeast Service Cooperative (SESC).