TriDistrict Course Tours

Simley Students Tour Their New Classrooms at Local Companies
Posted on 09/07/2018
Simley students at Twin Cities Orthopedics tourOver the past three years, the Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, and West St. Paul – Mendota Heights – Eagan school districts, which make up the TriDistrict, have been collaborating with each other and local business partners to bring more hands-on career opportunities to their students. On August 30, students and parents got their first look at the TriDistrict Career and College Readiness courses, Careers in Transportation Business and Technologies and Healthcare Careers and Medicine, while touring the company sites where students will learn.

Students enrolled in the Careers in Transportation Business and Technologies visited North American Trailer in Inver Grove Heights in August. While the high school instructors talked about class projects and how the course would be set up, North American Trailer staff shared their goals with the group, including a project that would allow students to tear apart an old truck and rebuild it into a functional grill truck.

Students enrolled in the Healthcare Careers and Medicine course toured Twin Cities Orthopedics in Eagan. The new Viking Lakes location, where classes will be held, is near the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center and TCO Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings. The building, which opened in June of 2018, will give students an opportunity to learn about advanced equipment and the newest techniques in physical therapy, hand therapy, imaging, and surgery.

The TriDistrict courses started Tuesday, September 4. While the first half of each course will focus on building professional skills, students may also have an opportunity to work as interns through the program. The TriDistrict looks forward to its pilot classes and increasing the number of career learning opportunities for students through partnerships with more local businesses. Potential business partners and anyone else interested in the TriDistrict College and Career Readiness courses can visit the TriDistrict Program website at or contact TriDistrict Lead Designer and Program Coordinator Ben Kusch at