We’re helping the Greenway School Board get the word out about the Work Experience Program, through this story that appeared in the November 28 Scenic Range NewsForum…

The Greenway School Board wants more people to know about the Work Experience Program.

Coordinated by Kyle Inforzato – who works with the Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin and Deer River districts – the program matches high school students with area employers to provide hands-on learning in an actual work environment. It was discussed at the school board’s last meeting.

“The program helps bridge some of the gaps students might ask about the academic components, the ‘Why do I need this?’ kind of questions,” Inforzato said. “It’s a learning experience that can’t be provided in the classroom.”

Inforzato’s job is to link between the business community and the school. Feedback from the business community can lead to new opportunities for kids. Students not only get academic credit, but also get to discover more about their interests and abilities and possibly even earn a few dollars.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to develop new skills and gain some valuable job skills,” said Superintendent Mark Adams. “It’s a good way to work together.”

The board is interested in doing a better job at marketing such programs. Members instructed the administration to develop a marketing plan. Adams is helping lead a team to develop a plan. He said the plan is part of a growing one across the region for districts to work together and communicate better about school offerings.

“We’re trying to tell the story of all Northeastern Minnesota,” Adams said. “There are a lot of great things going on in our district and around the region, and we could do a better job at communicating those things. The plan we’re developing will help.”