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Co-Op Helps Students Improve Career Skills

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High school and college students don't always know exactly what they want to pursue as a career, but no matter what they choose, they all need one thing experience.

To help students get job experience, the Mid-Dakota Education Co-Op (MDEC) has teamed up with 15 school districts and local businesses to improve student's access to career preparation. Through internships and job shadowing, MDEC hopes to help students learn career skills before they enter the work-force.

Today, the group was looking for new businesses to join their effort. 

MDEC says many local companies find that employees fresh out of school or training are unfamiliar with the working world and need to learn much about the professional environment.

"As students and new employees come out, they're lacking communication skills. They usually don't get these until they are on the job. We identified that businesses can get students trained up in technical skills, but they would really like to have some more experience in working through problems and communicating with customers and other employees," says Luke Schaefer, executive director of the Mid-Dakota Education Co-Op.

Businesses interested in offering internships or job shadowing opportunities can contact the Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative at 701-857-4530.

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