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Ankeny's Educators Learn Valuable Lessons from Local Businesses

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Ankeny teachers, Ryan Ridout, Greg Brcka, Guy Loraine, Rose Davila, Sheryl Knuth, Nicki Simonis, Nicole McFarland, Jen Gebhart, Steve Van Gundy, and Sasha Webster participate in this summer's Ankeny Economic Development Corporation's (AEDC) Workforce Development Educator Internship Program.

ANKENY, Iowa (August 5, 2016) – While students enjoy their summer break, Ankeny teachers partnered with the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) to forge relationships with local businesses and the classroom. This summer, AEDC’s Workforce Development committee offered an Educator Internship Program to Ankeny teachers. The week-long program gave educators an opportunity to learn about local employers and the importance of the education they provide.

Through the program, educators were able to tour local businesses and meet with business leaders. This internship allowed teachers to identify what skills employers value and created inroads to help get students on a career path toward filling these local positions.

Ankeny teachers felt this opportunity gave them information about the skills employers value and provided them insight into various career pathways for students.

“I think a lot of our students are unaware of the options that are out there, with technological developments there are so many new and interesting career fields that may not be known,” said Ryan Ridout, ACHS Business and Technology Teacher. “In addition to learning more about the opportunities for our students right in Ankeny, we received a lot of information on what these businesses are looking for. Many of the businesses emphasized a continued importance on soft-skills, such as inter-personal communication. It is a good perspective for us to implement new practices in our classroom.”

Some of the businesses participating in the educator internships included Accumold, Pur Food, Manpower, Monsanto, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Casey’s General Store, John Deere, and the city of Ankeny.

About Ankeny Economic Development Corporation

Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is a private business organization. AEDC's mission is to bring jobs and tax base to the Ankeny area. Ankeny has a population of 54,000 and is the fastest growing community in the state of Iowa. It is a community dedicated to quality of life, education, and business success. For more information visit their website,