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District receives grant for information technology pathway

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District receives grant for information technology pathway

Edina Public Schools has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to support the Edina Works for Each and Every Student program. This initiative will increase exposure to information technology-related experiences and coursework for Edina High School students.

Students participating in the program will experience tours and speakers, take industry-related classes, have the opportunity for industry-related paid work experiences, and receive industry-recognized credentials or certifications.

“Giving more students the opportunity to experience computer science and to have these internship opportunities open to them that we haven’t had before is amazing,” says Jodi Ramirez, engineering and computer science teacher at EHS. “To have this grant, this funding, the district is super excited about it.”

The grant will fund a workforce coordinator, a position that will be instrumental in partnering with families, schools and community partners to create a successful information technology pathway. The role will also act as a mentor and provide students with essential skills such as communication, problem-solving and customer service to ensure they succeed in their work experience.

Shannon Seaver, math and computer science teacher at EHS, is eager to see how the program develops over time. “We would love to see us be a hub, not just for computer science, but for career and technical education.”

The grant is part of the DLI’s Youth Skills Training (YST) program that was signed into law in 2017 with bipartisan support to create and provide employment training for student learners ages 16 and older in high-growth, high-demand occupations. View the press release from DLI.