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Training Center Would Give Internships to Rural High Schoolers

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Weekly Roundup:
April 2, 2024

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We want a robust program that engages high school students in rural communities…It’s our job to create opportunities for the next generation.

~ Desiree Sweeney
NEW Health CEO

Workforce training center in Chewelah would give

internships to rural high schoolers

(Chewelah, Washington/James Hanlon, The Spokesman-Review)


→ Governor Gianforte Highlights Expanding Work-Based Learning for Montana Students (Montana/State of Montana Newsroom)

→ Businesses can use this new toolkit to partner with N.C. public schools (North Carolina/Mebane Rash, EdNC)

→ No tuition or fees? NIU expands AIM HIGH Huskie Pledge program (Illinois/NIU Newsroom)


→ Region 9’s annual Senior Blast-Off attracted over 250 high school seniors (Wichita Falls,Texas/ Emily Faith, Texoma’s homepage)

→ A statewide internship program is making a local impact for graduating high-schoolers in Peach (Peach County, Georgia/41WMGT)

→ Over $26,000 raised for charities by Muscatine High School students (Muscatine, Iowa/Voice of Muscatine)

→ CVHS senior project night is Jan. 31 (Kooskia, Idaho/Norma Staaf,Idaho County Free Press)

→ Thinking Outside the Classroom (Buffalo, Wyoming/Jackie Galli, Buffalo Bulletin)

→ BGHS seniors teach middle school students how to money manage, win state award (Bowling Green, Ohio/Brenna Nye, WTVG13)

→ Community support of New Castle’s “Adopt A Hurricane” program pays for senior’s graduations and more (New Castle, Pennsylvania/Patrick Damp, KDKA News)


Are senior year work-based learning opportunities increasing in your community?

Did you attend any job fair when you were a high school senior?
100% of you voted No in last week’s poll.

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Exploring Your Community's Senior Class

BEYOND GO-ON: What high school seniors are saying about their future plans (Malad & Gooding, Idaho/Sadie Dittenber, Idaho ED News) + Tyrone school news: TAHS seniors make plans for future (Tyrone, Pennsylvania/Kathleen Beigle, The Daily Herald)

What is your community learning about its high school seniors before they walk across the graduation stage?

FAFSA Update

Do you know which states require FAFSA completion as a graduation requirement? Education Commission of the States + Where your state currently stands? National College Attainment Network FAFSA Tracker + Students won’t be able to correct FAFSA forms until April (Natalie Schwartz, K-12 DIVE) + High School Seniors Asking for Student Aid Drops (Suzanne Blake, Newsweek)


Are you in a rural community? Share your thoughts by participating in SaveYour.Town’s 2024 Survey of Rural Challenges.

The top five rural community challenges in 2023 were:

  1. Shortage of good housing
  2. Downtown is dead
  3. Not enough volunteers
  4. Losing young people
  5. Lack of childcare

(Source: Survey of Rural Challenges)

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