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I'd recommend taking classes through a local college (or your current college if you're enrolled) and becoming certified in editing software (Avid or Premiere are good). That will at least get you the knowledge base and you'll have a certificate at the end as tangible evidence of your knowledge.
Also, look for opportunities to work on a TV or movie set in your area. Even smaller cities usually have opportunities for volunteers to work on films or shows being made locally. I've volunteered on many sets and by doing so, it has connected me with people within the local film industry that love to help aspiring filmmakers, editors, writers, etc. It's a tight-knit community that loves to share their passion. If you start out as a PA, you may be given an opportunity to edit down the road! At the very least, you'll make some friends and connect with people who are interesting and accomplished.
Also, take the time to edit your own videos. This will help get you acclimated to the software and figure out what your style is. You can also ask around and see if anyone needs footage edited. If you're able to break into your local film industry, I'm sure people would be more than happy to give you some raw footage they have lying around to edit on your own. This will help you build your portfolio, which is REALLY important when you're looking for work.
Hope this helps!