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Professionals sought to speak to future work force

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Bridges Workplace Connection is seeking local business professionals to volunteer to lead classroom presentations throughout the year to area high school students as a part of its Speaker in the Classroom program.

Professionals offer a 25- to 30-minute presentation on their career or industry, helping students understand employee job opportunities, career options and training expectations.

Presenters will be featured on, allowing high school teachers to review the available speaking topics as well as learn a bit about local professional through a short biography. Though volunteers are not compensated for their travel expenses, all are recognized annually at a luncheon.

“The number of requests from teachers continues to grow and we anticipate three times the requests due to the success of the classroom participation,” said Mary Gottsch, Bridges Workplace Connection director.

Speakers in the Classroom is one of many programs by the Bridges Workplace Connection, which offers integrated work-based learning. Other programs include: job shadowing, internships, business tours and the annual Career Exploration Day.

The Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection is a partnership among the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Central Lakes College, more than 100 businesses and 23 area school districts to create a free-flowing communication link between K-12 and higher education institutions, employers and local communities in an effort to help the next generation of work force become better prepared to meet the demands of local employers.

For information about Bridges, visit or call 822-7117.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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