ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Back to school can be such an exciting time. You see old friends and meet new ones.  But for some kids in St. Cloud, this school year is extra special.

Kids now fill the halls at the brand new Tech High School. We were there in early August, as crews finished construction. 

The building is designed specifically to support the EPIC program.  It stands for Exploring Potential Interests and Careers. Basically, kids get hands-on experience in a number of career fields. When they find one they like, they can take specific classes about that job.

"At the end of their graduation time, they'll have the opportunity to gain college credit," said Charlie Eisenreich, Principal at Tech High School. "They'll gain a certificate of completion, and then perhaps be career ready, or go on to further training if the certain career expects that to happen."

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The EPIC program begins this year with ninth grade students at Tech and Apollo high schools.

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