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John Wood, Western HS, teaming up for College and Career Academy

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BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A new partnership hopes to better prepare local high school students for college and then the workforce.

John Wood Community College and Western High School in Barry are teaming up to start the STEM College and Career Academy. During a four week course, 20 high school students will learn math skills in class and online then apply what they've learned at local manufacturing and agricultural businesses.

One student says she thinks this partnership will be good for those who are unsure about going to college.

"I think some kids are scared to get out in the world and actually go and talk to people. But us having this connection is actually going to be great, so that kids can actually get to know everything and they get a sneak peak at everything. So I think it will be a good push for people," said Jessica Grammer, a Junior at Western High School.

Western Superintendent Carol Frericks says giving students these real life job skills is a major leg up for when they go into the workforce.

"We believe that they will have the opportunity to experience work in agriculture and manufacturing with our partnerships with these businesses and also get an idea of what college courses they might need to take," said Frericks.

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