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Jun 29, 2022

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 along with her guest, Missy Spielman, Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools.

We talked about all the options that are available to students now for work-based learning from job shadow programs to mentoring. Missy explained how the program works and talked about the many success stories she's had. She encouraged local business no matter their size, to reach out to their work-based learning coordinators to be part of the program.

Shayla told us the benefit on the business side of these types of programs and talked about the vital role they play in economic development for our community.

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