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Throughout Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 15-21, 202, we featured a new community-based organization each day. Often, these organizations help guide potential apprentices to programs and provide education and skills that help them succeed.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Workforce Development Inc., Rochester

Workforce Development Inc

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. 19

 Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

Goodwill logo

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. 

Thursday, Nov. 18

 Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats logo

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 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Construction Careers Foundation

Construction Career Pathways

Construction Careers Foundation (CCF), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the construction trades by expanding career exploration and apprenticeship opportunities for youth, women, veterans and members of underrepresented communities.

Through the Construction Career Pathways initiative, CCF supports the following programs:  Building Minnesota, Construct Tomorrow, Helmets to Hardhats, Learn2Build and the Minnesota Trades Academy

Tuesday, Nov. 16

 Karen Organization of Minnesota

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, KOM is creating opportunities for refugees in the Twin Cities to become apprentices.

Monday, Nov. 15

Urban League Twin Cities

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