Welcome to SouthWest Metro!

SouthWest Metro serves students in 11 member districts across the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area with programs in Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Adult Basic Education, and Alternative Education.

Students may also receive assistance, not only with academics, but with mental health services to support their overall growth in the classroom and beyond.

Please visit our Programs page to learn more.

What's Happening

Liz Harner outside at Valley Green
Meet the Staff: Liz Harner
09/17/2018
I am a new Minnesotan, just having arrived from Florida with my husband and two kids, ages 10 and 8. I am very excited to live in Minnesota (and experience my first winter here!) and look forward to meeting all the great staff and teachers at Southwest Metro.
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Jamie Lukas in front of the Empowerment mural at Passageways in Prior Lake
"Without rain, rainbows cannot be seen."
09/17/2018
The first week was one of exhaustion, anxiety, and even frustration at times. Why have I survived? Because this is my dream. Being a teacher is what I love – setting up a classroom, getting new supplies, and anticipating the fresh minds that will challenge mine and push me to be the best educator I can be.
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Paul "Lumpy" Lambrecht
In Memoriam 2018
09/12/2018
Paul "Lumpy" Lambrecht (June 1965 - September 2018); Carol Mohrmann (May 1954 - July 2018); Jody Lhotka (April 1967 - May 2018)
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Paraprofessional Maddie Weinzierl stands with her student in the lobby of River Valley Education Center in Jordan.
First Day of School Jitters by Maddie Weinzierl
09/07/2018
This year is my second year as a paraprofessional at RVEC. I started in January of last school year so I never had the opportunity to experience “the first day of school” with my students. However, I had heard that, historically, the first day of class was challenging.
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Jasmine outside of River Valley Education Center
Meet the Staff: Jasmine Bartlett
09/04/2018
I was born and raised in Mankato, Minnesota and I have spent almost my entire life there. I worked many years at Westwood Marina Bar & Grill across the street from my parents' home on Lake Washington. Yes, I love the water!
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