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Published April 25, 2012, 08:47 PM

Devils Lake Education Co-op Gets $500K Grant

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region students are set to reap the rewards of a $500,000 grant awarded to the Northeast Educational Services Cooperative.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region students are set to reap the rewards of a $500,000 grant awarded to the Northeast Educational Services Cooperative.

The grant will go to programs to teach students practical skills for the workplace and to bring in counselors to show students what their post-high school options are.

Members of the NESC say the grant will give thousands of students the ability to better prepare for life after high school.

The grant from the Hess Corporation will help region students focus on practical needs through new programs.

"Those programs will introduce more careers to students in S.T.E.M., which is science, technology, engineering and math," Jennifer Carlson said.

The Lake Area Career and Technology Center will begin an engineering program next fall with the grant money. Classes will extend all the way down to eighth grade. Technology center director Dale Weegman says it's vital to get to students early with the new program.

"I think that getting the basics down, getting a firm understanding of what is available or what could be available at high school is really important," Weegman said.

The grant will also allow for four new educators. The NESC will hire two new counselors to work at local colleges and show high school students what their options are once they graduate.

"In the studies and surveys that we did while writing the grant, we found that there wasn't enough time being spent on career education. The counselors didn't have the time to do it," Carlson said.

The hope is that students will learn useful skills and get the guidance needed to use those skills successfully.

"The piece that we've been missing, at least here in Devils Lake, is the connection between academic, between math and science, and technology," Weegman said.

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