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College, S-M District sign agreement

Central Lakes College and the Staples-Motley School District have reached an agreement that will expand service-learning opportunities for college nursing students.

Larry Lundblad, president of CLC, and Mark Schmitz, superintendent of the Staples-Motley School District, enacted the memorandum of understanding by signing the agreement. Witnessing were Rebecca Best, dean of workforce, economic, and regional development at CLC; Connie Frisch, director of nursing at CLC; and Ryan Luft, principal at S-M High School.

CLC students will work with high school students in a variety of health and wellness activities under the supervision of faculty from both schools and area nursing personnel.

The agreement also provides opportunities for CLC and school district faculty and staff to work collaboratively, Best said.’

“It provides for opportunities that will be mutually beneficial to all parties and the citizens of the Staples and Motley area,” she said.

Those opportunities include:

• Joint short- and long-term planning when appropriate to determine the needs of both organizations and the Staples-Motley community.

• Integration of CLC service-learning projects working with school district relevant to CLC and/or Staples-Motley curriculum.

• CLC faculty and staff serving as speakers at the school district as requested.

• Staples-Motley School District faculty and staff serving as guest speakers at CLC as requested.

• Use of technology to help connect the Staples-Motley School District community with CLC.