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May 31, 2023

Our conversation for The Valley Business Today happened in the conference room at the Frederick County Economic Development office as it does whenever there is an "extra" Wednesday in the month.

Shayla Rickard, Business Retention Manager for FredCo EDA joined me for the chat with her guest, Alison Post, Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools.

We talked about all the options available to students now for work-based learning from job shadow programs to internships. Alison explained how students get involved in the programs, and the role parents play and talked about the successful partnerships between education and business.

Shayla told us of the wide range of businesses she works with that are interested in partnering with the school system to expand their workforce.

For more information about the work-based learning opportunities, visit: and learn about the Workforce Initiative.