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Local teacher selected for internship project

Dawn Krein, of New Salem-Almont Schools, is one of six secondary special education teachers and youth trasition specialists selected by the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, to participate in the 2014 Teacher Internship Project. The project provides training on the supports and services available through the state’s vocational rehabilitation program for students with disabilities.

“This opportunity gives teachers a better understanding of how they can help students with disabilities be more successful as they pursue employment or post-secondary training,” Russ Cusack, division director, said.

The three-week internship begins June 11, 2014, and includes a three-day orientation in Bismarck, N.D., focusing on disability-related legislation and regulations, the vocational rehabilitation process, relationship building, transitions and referrals. Throughout the internship, participating teachers will job shadow a vocational rehabilitation counselor to learn about client intakes, assessments, guidance and counseling, and employment plans. They will also visit with local community partners to identify resources available to their students. Their final project includes the development of a resource portfolio to share with colleagues in their school, school district, or special education unit.

Cusack said participants can earn three graduate credits through Minot State University for completing the internship experience.