Created: 08/11/2014 11:02 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- Businesses and educators in Albert Lea are working to give high school students a better look at potential career opportunities.
On Monday night, families and officials met at Riverland Community College to honor four recent high school graduates for completing the Minnesota Youth Apprenticeship program this past school year.
The program is a paid internship where students work around 15 hours a week at a local company, learning job skills and gaining real work experience.
"This is a bridge,” said Al Hauge of the Minnesota Department of Education. “This allows a student of an earlier age to understand a particular career field, to be exposed to multiple areas within that career field, so that when they do go to post-secondary, they're a lot more ready to do that."
This was the first year students were able to work for a full school year.
Participating companies included Lou-Rich, Ultimate Automotive, Interstate Molding and Manufacturing, and Edwards Manufacturing.