IGNITE Your Future
This hands-on, interactive, fun career exploration event connects education and industry for high school sophomores in central Minnesota, contributing to the regional economic and workforce needs.
IGNITE Your Future is an extraordinary opportunity to explore a huge variety of careers and is sure to have something for everyone, regardless of educational and career goals. Students from more than a dozen different schools will each spend two highly engaging hours exploring potential careers.
Please note: Photos and short videos will be taken during this event for promotional purposes to share with sponsors, grant partners and community supporters. If you wish NOT to be in photos, kindly step away from any nearby cameras. We will respect your wishes.
Spark your interests to IGNITE your future!
- Pathway Activity Partners
Thanks to business, organization and educational partners who are exposing students to fun, hands-on, engaging activities at IGNITE 2023! We couldn’t hold this event without you!
2023 IGNITE REVISED EVENT GUIDE AND MAP – detailed for partners
Thanks to community and Ridgewater volunteers who are helping with event day logistics at IGNITE 2023! We couldn’t hold this event without you!
Volunteer sign-up link
Thanks to community sponsors who are generously supporting communications, supplies, signage, lunch and other needs for IGNITE 2023! We couldn’t hold this event without you!
2023 Sponsorship Form to share – deadline August 10 to be on shirts and swag bags, but additional sponsors welcome any time.
2023 Participating Schools:
- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
- Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart
- DREAM Technical Academy
- Glencoe-Silver Lake
- Lester Prairie
- New Century Academy
- Sibley East
Thanks to our 2023 sponsors for believing in this event:
- IGNITE Platinum Level: Southwest Initiative Foundation
- Gold Level: Hutchinson Health, Towmaster
- Silver Level: Meeker Development Corporation, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, Uponor
- Supplies Donor ($500+ for activity supplies): Towmaster, 3M, Simonsen Lumber Company, MITGI
Want to be a sponsor? See the 2023 Sponsor Printable Flyer and commit by August 10 to be on volunteer shirts and student swag bags, but additional sponsors welcome any time! Online Sponsorship Commitment
Special thanks to our 2023 event planning steering committee partners:
3M • Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Service, Inc. • Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce • Hutchinson Health • Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce • McLeod County Sheriff’s Department • Mid-Minnesota Development Commission • Mid-Minnesota Perkins Partnership • MITGI • Presbyterian Homes & Services – Harmony River • Ridgewater College • Ridgewater College Customized Training & Continuing Education • Ridgewater College Foundation • Southwest Initiative Foundation • Uponor • Vivid Image