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The interns will meet at four locations, including Speedway and the Springfield Museum of Art, to discuss the topics. Ideally the students will be more open to applying to jobs in Clark County if they’re more familiar with the area, she said.
“Our goal is that these individuals will then consider this community when they go to graduate college and not just look at bigger cities,” Donahoe said.
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The fellowship invited 50 chambers from across the U.S. to apply but only selected 20, Donahoe said. Springfield’s application was accepted in part due to recent workforce development efforts, including developing an annual career day for middle school students and an internship that pairs high school students to Clark County businesses.
“The things we were doing as a community stood out enough for them to recognize us,” Donahoe said.
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The pilot program will start out with about seven younger workers initially to encourage them to think about Clark County after graduation, she said.
“This isn’t going to fix it but it’s a piece to address it,” Donahoe said.