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South Dakota's Governor recognizes career minded students

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YANKTON, S.D. (KTIV) -

Instead of spending their summer at the pool or relaxing, dedicated students jump start their future careers in Yankton, South Dakota.

"I've just always really liked taking care of people, so I thought it was a good opportunity to get ahead in nursing," Abby Schulte, of Yankton, South Dakota, said.

Schulte along with nine others in the Certified Nursing Assistant Institute were recognized for their hard work these past two weeks. They learned the basics of being a CNA.

"The second week we went to the nursing home and the week we went to the nursing home was probably my favorite part. I loved working with all the residents. They were so happy to see us," Schulte said.

South Dakota's Governor Dennis Daugauurd said teenagers like these are needed in the state.

"South Dakota has a very low unemployment rate and very high demand for skilled workers. We have demand in engineering, accounting, information technology," Governor Daugauurd said.

That's why the CNA program, along with Yankton's Regional Technical Education Center's Manufacturing Academy are so crucial for South Dakota.

"This is workforce development. This is our future workforce right here," RTEC's General Manager Josh Svatos said.

"Now, that I've looked into the manufacturing side, I'm thinking about the different opportunities there are," Abby Beeson, of Wagner, South Dakota, said.

Throughout the two weeks, students on the manufacturing side spent most of their time in the welding lab, but they also got the chance to tour manufacturers throughout Yankton, South Dakota.

"The tours were awesome. You get to see behind closed doors and what goes on and the jobs I didn't even know existed," Beeson said.

And, that's one of the goals of the program to teach young people skills for the future.

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