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Dr. Megan Burke, a civil engineer with RESPEC Consulting & Services in Rapid City, speaks with a group of local high school juniors and seniors during the recent Lab Coats and Business Entrepreneurship event held at Black Hills State University. Nearly 40 juniors and seniors from Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Lead-Deadwood and Sturgis attended the event sponsored by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) and the BHSU College of Business and Natural Sciences. The event, which was partially funded through a grant from the Spearfish Optimist Club, aimed to encourage high school students to pursue careers in high-demand fields such as science, technology, math and business.

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