EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is looking for a few good candidates for jobs within the agency and has formed a partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma to help find them.

DHS Director Ed Lake and UCO President Don Betz have signed a memorandum of understanding at a ceremony on the UCO campus in Edmond. The memorandum says the ultimate goal is to recruit UCO students to fill positions within DHS.

Lake says that by partnering with UCO, DHS will attempt to attract top-notch candidates to serve children, the elderly and other vulnerable Oklahomans.

DHS Human Resources Manager Tamara Steele says the primary focus is recruiting students to fill child welfare specialist positions. But Steele says DHS offers a variety of career opportunities through internships or full-time positions.

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