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For Immediate Release: Sept. 26, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

SDMyLife now connects students with South Dakota businesses

A new feature in the SDMyLife online academic and career planning system, called Network, gives seventh- through 12th-grade students the chance to connect with businesses and companies across South Dakota.

Using Network, students can research South Dakota-based businesses to find out what they do, the kinds of careers they offer, and the skills or traits they look for when hiring. Students also can communicate with career coaches and seek out work-based learning experiences – all right here in South Dakota.

“Providing a real connection between students and South Dakota businesses has been a goal of ours for a long time,” said Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. “It’s crucial that we help our students understand that they can get a good education and meaningful, well-paying jobs while living in South Dakota. Adding Network to the SDMyLife system supports students in their journeys to become college, career and life-ready.”

South Dakota businesses interested in connecting directly with students can post company profiles, engage in career-related conversations with students and encourage work-based learning experiences. South Dakota companies can participate at no cost. For more information about Network or the SDMyLife online career development system, contact Tiffany Sanderson at the Department of Education, (605) 773-7006.