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In a move to give high school students access to workplaces and real-world assignments, several metro-area districts are exploring intensive professional studies programs, teaming with businesses to get juniors and seniors on the job.

This fall, Shakopee High will offer a program with concentrations in digital design and health care/medicine. Design program students will work with Shutterfly, a digital photography and stationery company. Health care students will work with St. Francis Regional Medical Center. The Prior Lake-Savage and Lakeville districts are looking at collaborating on a program that would start in fall 2016.

Students will divide time between school and job. They will meet school requirements and earn community college credits.