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Four international students who have attended Central Lakes College in a one-year, professional development program have completed internships matching their career goals. Brazilians Stefanno Lira, Andrea Schlittler, and Raoni Marinho and the South African Nondumiso Ndumo (pictured)are the first foreign students selected by Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., to attend CLC. They finished their year with unpaid internships and job shadowing provided by Crow Wing County, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Winkelman’s Environmentally Responsible Construction. On-the-job experience from the supervised, 60-hour internships is one of many requirements for participating in their expense-paid educational experience. Only underserved, non-elite young adults are eligible. They were fulltime CLC students who also completed leadership, volunteerism, and American democracy components to satisfy requirements.

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