Community Based Organization of the Day
Throughout Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 14 to 20, 2022) we featured community-based organizations. Often, these organizations help guide potential apprentices to programs and provide education and skills that help them succeed.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Workforce Development Inc., Rochester
Serving southeastern Minnesota residents, Workforce Development Inc. (WDI) is a non-profit agency providing high school and GED instruction and workforce development.
WDI helps develop a strong workforce for the current and future need of the communities it serves. This community-based partner is working with Apprenticeship Minnesota and industry to expand career opportunities through registered apprenticeship.
Friday, Nov. 18
Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats is dedicated to assisting active military members and veterans transition back into civilian life through opportunities in registered apprenticeship in the building and construction trades. Veterans participating in an apprenticeship program registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry can use their Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits to supplement their income while they build their career. Helmets to Hardhats in Minnesota is supported by the Construction Careers Foundation.
Thursday, Nov. 17
For the past several years, SOAR has partnered with building and construction trades apprenticeship programs in the Duluth area to offer the Tools of the Trade, a pre-apprenticeship program for young adults, women and people of color who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry. The seven-week program provides hands-on carpentry experience, tours of apprenticeship training centers and opportunities to meet and interview with potential employers in the construction industry.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Karen Organization of Minnesota
The Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) is the first social services agency in the country founded by Karen refugees from Burma. Offering services to assist refugees, KOM recently started preparing people to enter apprenticeships in the construction trades through a partnership with Roseville Area Schools. Through their Apprenticeship and Manufacturing Ready program, and partnerships with registered apprenticeship programs, Roseville Area Schools and KOM are creating opportunities for refugees in the Twin Cities to become apprentices.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has provided education, job training and placement services to those seeking a change for nearly 100 years.
The organization offers a 12-week construction training program in St. Paul. With a focus on carpentry, the program combines classroom and field-based training along with career exploration opportunities to prepare participants for apprenticeships, and careers, in the construction industry.
Monday, Nov. 14
Urban League Twin Cities
Urban League Twin Cities has been a source of empowerment for over 90 years. The organization provides their clients with the skills needed for a successful apprenticeship and career. They work with many registered apprenticeship programs to build a pathway into apprenticeship.