The Sauk and Mississippi Valley region stretches from Dixon, IL to Clinton, IA. Through school, industry, and business partnerships, professionals collaborate to bring opportunities to students and employers. Regional partnerships formed to create a manufacturing multi-craft program that connected HS/college students to paid internships while attending school. Partnerships continue to support each other and expand opportunities for students in dual credit, internships, agriculture expansion, business/professional skills training for high school students, manufacturing day/week tours and hands-on activities, career planning with employer support, and creating an education pathway. The multitude of partners supporting the region has allowed the rural communities to work together and support each other.