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Dream careers - find yours in Nebraska

Friday, July 05, 2019

Are you looking for the career of your dreams? If so, Nebraska is the ideal place for you. Wages are growing rapidly. And we have tens of thousands of open jobs at any given time. To help people take these jobs, my team has started a number of initiatives. From the middle school years to career launches and transitions, we are connecting the next generation of Nebraskans to great opportunities.

In 2015, I worked with the Legislature to create the Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI). During the last four years, this program has introduced more than 7,000 middle school students to great careers in manufacturing and information technology. This week, the Department of Economic Development and I announced that a new round of DYTI grants will go to Orthman Manufacturing of Lexington, Reinke Manufacturing of Deshler and Vistabeam Inventive Wireless of Gering. These new grants will raise awareness about these fields with 4,600 more students so they can pursue their interest further at the high school level.

From Lincoln to Grand Island to Scottsbluff, schools have established career academies to equip youths with skills such as welding and irrigation technology. We also have launched a new program through the Nebraska Department of Labor called Jobs for America’s Grads to aid young Nebraskans who have faced challenging circumstances to take the next step after high school.

The program’s goal is to give students who have faced challenging circumstances the skills for their next step using project-based curriculum and a focus on STEM fields. In its first year, the program successfully launched in three schools with 82 students. Of those, all 13 seniors graduated, and we are working to expand it in the coming school year.

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