Staff Spotlight: Brian Coleman

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Job title: High School Career & Equity Coordinator

Previous work experience: My previous work experience includes being a career counselor and Area manager for Workforce Development, Inc. for 15 years overseeing offices in Faribault, Owatonna and Albert Lea. The last four years I was in the role of Service Learning Coordinator for Faribault School District. 

Years with the district: 5

What are some of your hobbies and interests?  I enjoy trying to golf, playing basketball and coaching. I also enjoy drawing and being outdoors. 

What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know? That I like to pheasant hunt. 

Why did you decide to pursue a career in education? I was able to have the opportunity to apply for the Service Learning position which provided me a chance to work with youth and provide guidance for careers they had an interest in along with utilizing my connections with businesses in the community. It also allowed me the opportunity to help students build pride in community through service.

What do you enjoy most about working with students? I enjoy the fact that the relationships I build with students allow them to be themselves with no filter and they know that I accept them for who they are as a person. 

What is the role of the career and equity coordinator? The new role has many layers. 

On the career side, I work with students who may have an interest in a career but not really know what it takes to get to that career. I work with them one on one to 
research the career and give them the tools to find the information. Once they have completed the research and have an interest in pursuing a job shadow or speaking with 
a professional in that career area I coordinate that meeting. The student is responsible to complete a packet and return it to me with a reflection of the experience. 

I also work with area businesses, and the chamber to coordinate career fairs for students.   

I am the contact person for CTE (Career and Technical Education) Perkins for the district- which includes program approval and sharing information with staff around opportunities within CTE.

I'm overseeing the Connections Program which is through a grant from the Office of Higher Ed. The program is to serve our underrepresented group up of students to ensure successful completion of high school and help support a plan for life after high school. Providing Mentors and academic and social support in school. 

What is the process for students to meet with you? The process is they can come and fill out a referral form at the main office or can be referred by a counselor or staff member. 

What do you enjoy about being part of Faribault Public Schools?

I enjoy being a part of team that is supportive and wants the best for the students. 

 

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