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Connecting businesses to educational partners


Our schools represent the largest pool of untapped talent in our state. Real workforce development starts with creating stronger bonds between companies and local schools, linking two essential elements of our state’s talent development efforts.

 

It is important that we not leave the forging of those communication links solely to the schools themselves, but to engage with students from the business perspective and the community perspective. In addition to internships, apprenticeships and student-oriented job fairs, there are a variety of ways to let our students know that opportunities abound in local companies.

 

In addition to financial donations to schools that make our educational partners aware of our interest in partnering with them, we can connect in a variety of creative ways. Company tours can familiarize both teachers and students with the career choices available at local businesses. Materials for classes that relate to the industries close to home focus attention on those companies. Executives and team members can talk in business classes, participate in career days or volunteer at local schools to bridge the gap and help students know our commercial operations in new ways.

 

It’s too easy to take for granted that everyone in the community knows all there is to know about our local industries. For neighbors, parents, students and teachers to really know what we do, local businesses need to open their doors to those individuals, to reach out to the community in new and innovative ways. Communication is the key, and there is a wide variety of connecting points available, once we make it a priority to engage with students.

 

The state of South Dakota is helping to make those links with careerlaunchsd.com. Career Launch SD is supporting people of all ages with tools for a brighter future. The new site helps workers connect with advisors to help start anyone down the path to a better career in South Dakota. From résumés to job search assistance to training options, careerlaunchsd.com makes it possible to expand horizons and build our state’s talent pool. Businesses can be Career Launch partners and students can get some vital tips for career choices. Check it out at careerlaunchsd.com.

 

 

By Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations 

 

 

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