The Leadership Career Academy is a competency-based program designed to engage students in leadership principles in both an academic setting and real work experience. The Leadership Academy will prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation with the confidence and knowledge necessary to lead employees effectively and efficiently. Students will learn about leadership styles, communication, goal setting, decision making, ethical decision making, conflict resolution, and team building. The combinations of skills gained are transferable to any sector of employment.

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Required Courses

  • Job-shadow, internship, or Exploring program
  • Work Seminar / Employment Skills

Foundational Required Courses

  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Psychology of Human Behavior & Personality
  • Technical Writing
  • JROTC V – Academy

Recommended Courses

  • Statistics
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Exercise Science
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Global Perspectives

Career Options

Congressional Representative, Member of Congress, Senator, City Council Member, City Councilman, Representative, Elementary or High School Administrators

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Job Skills

  • Listening Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Customer & Personal Service
  • Problem-solving
    ime management
  • Career and maintenance of equipment
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you
  • Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships
  • Making decisions or solving problems
  • Developing and building teams
  • Guiding, directing, and motivating people that work under you
  • Communicating with people outside you organization
  • Collecting information from different sources
  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work

Postsecondary Programs


LTC John Naastad

Lieutenant Colonel John Naastad graduated from Bemidji State High School in 1987. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and subsequently a business degree from Bemidji State University. He worked in the software development industry for 10 years as a developer ending as manager of a research and development department. LTC Naastad spent 28 years in the Army serving in various direct and staff leadership positions. He has completed infantry Officers Basic Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Civil Affairs Advanced Course, Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, and a diploma from Command and General Staff College with additional skill identifiers as a Joint Planner and Strategist. He serves on the board of directors for the Bemidji Area Shooting Association, finance team for First Lutheran Church, Senior Vice Commander for Bemidji Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1260 and is a member of the Bemidji Lions Club. He has been the senior Army Instructor for the Bemidji High School Junior Reserve Officers Corps Program since February 2016.


CSM Ralph Rosemore

Command Sergeant Major Ralph R Rosemore Jr. enlisted in the Army in 1986 and served 32 years before retiring in July of 2018. After retirement he joined the BHS Team as an Army Instructor in the Military Science department and is the advisor for the Raiders Team, Marksmanship Team, and Color Guard. During this time in the military he completed all five levels of leadership training ranging from small unit leadership through the Strategic Leadership seminar. As a member of the armed forces he has led, trained, and served with soldiers from several countries. In that time frame he was deployed four times in to combat theaters for operations in support of our countries interests. His culminating assignment with the Army was as a Commandant of a Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Academy that produced highly qualified leaders to the Military. Very passionate about teaching young people that it takes to be a successful follower and leader.

Business and Industry Experiences / Partners

“Students in the academy will participate in job shadowing, internships, and possible part-time employment with area businesses.”

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