Mentoring Day

Mentoring Day

Mentoring Day is a local version of the National Disability Mentoring Day which is organized by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). It has occurred regionally as “Rocketing into the Future”, under the leadership of the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative (NLSEC) since 1992.

Mentoring Day has remained as a transition conference for secondary students with disabilities. The day is comprised of break-out sessions for students, exhibitors, and a keynote speaker. Students get an opportunity to learn about various topics such as; careers, employment skills, money management, post secondary education, military, driver's education, self-advocacy, housing, transportation and more. The main objective of the day is to provide students with information to assist in planning for adulthood.

Students will also have the opportunity to engage in mock interviews which will take place throughout the day. Students get an opportunity to participate in an interview and get immediate feedback on their performance.

This day is also set up for parents to receive information with regard to their child transitioning from high school into the adult world. Examples of past speakers/agencies that have attended; Minnesota Department of Education, Social Security Administration, MN Disability Law Office, County Services, ARC Northland, Access North and St. Luke's.

This year it will be held at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on March 12, 2018. Students will have the opportunity to choose from among more than 40 breakout sessions which will occur every 30 minutes between 9:30 am and 12:15 pm. Students should arrive around 8:45 am to pick up schedules. We will have a guest speaker from 12:15 pm -1:00 pm in the gymnasium and a pizza lunch will follow.


Please consider being a part of this remarkable day!

Student - Mentoring Day Check-in Video (YouTube link)
Student - Mentoring Day Check-in Video (download MP4)

Student - Mentoring Day Mock Interviews Video (YouTube link)
Student - Mentoring Day Mock Interviews Video (download MP4)


Please note, Mentoring Day will happen snow or shine!
In case of severe weather, check your local news station the morning of the event for cancellation.

*Mentoring Day questions can be directed to:Jessica Knutsen (jknutsen@nlsec.k12.mn.us) 218-879-1283 x6018

2017 Mentoring Day Presenters

  • AccessNorth
  • Amberwing
  • Arc Northland
  • Army National Guard
  • Barnum Public Schools
  • Bethel University
  • Carlton County Health and Human Services
  • Choice, Unlimited
  • Cirrus Aircraft
  • Cliffs Natural Resource
  • Cloquet Police Department
  • Coldwell Banker
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Construction Craft Laborers
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Northland
  • Dougherty Veterinary Clinic
  • Duluth Art Institute
  • Duluth Business University
  • Fraser Shipyards
  • Halvor Lines
  • Ironworkers #512
  • IUOE, Local 49
  • Jeff Foster Trucking
  • Lake Superior Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Liberty K
  • Little B's Daycare
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • Minnesota Life College
  • Moose Lake Correctional Facility
  • Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative
  • Ossie's Inc.
  • PBS
  • Social Security Administration
  • Spott Law Office
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • St. Louis County Health and Human Services
  • The Living Art Studio
  • The Strength Factory
  • Traveling Yogini

For more information, contact:

  • Jess Knutsen
    Transition Coordinator
    Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative
    302 14th Street
    Cloquet, MN 55720
    (218) 879-1283 x6018
    FAX (218) 879-1285
    jknutsen@nlsec.k12.mn.us