WinonaState_1746a[4]Winona State University-Rochester, Rochester Community and Technical College, and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community discussion addressing the need for internships in the region from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in RCTC Coffman Hall (CF) 206/208. Parking is available in the west lot on campus.

All businesses and higher education organizations interested in beginning the discussion on a coordinated internship experience are invited to attend.

WSU-R, RCTC and the Chamber have been leading the way on addressing the workforce needs of the Rochester community. Through their expertise, those looking for and those offering internships can gain a wealth of knowledge on how to help prepare students before they enter the workplace.

“Internships engage individuals in meaningful work with community professionals while transforming experiential learning to life and career,” said Jeanine Gangeness, WSU-R Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Internships help students find the right fit for their skillsets, an investment that ultimately will pay off for the entire region, according to Julie Brock, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development and Education Director.

“To create a self-sustaining economy that is globally competitive, it is the community’s responsibility to mold and shape our future workforce, and with a 3.1 percent unemployment rate, every body counts,” Brock continued. “Through experiences like internships, businesses and organizations can mentor and create a workforce that is skilled, inclusive, and well-rounded.”

Michelle Pyfferoen, RCTC Dean of Academic Affairs added, “Internships are an integral part of an educational and career pathway. Students and employers find it mutually beneficial to have these experiential learning opportunities.”

For more information, contact Jeanine Gangeness at 507-285-7139, jgangeness@winona.edu.

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