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Black Jobless Rate Drops, but It’s Still Twice That of Whites [New York Times]

The unemployment rate for black workers hit its lowest point on record recently. But even a strong labor market has limits in spreading opportunity widely. New York Times (February 23, 2018) – President Trump celebrated the milestone on Twitter and in his State of the Union address. The unemployment rate for black Americans had hit its lowest point on record, a sign that the recovery was at last reaching groups that had been left behind. But the achievement was bittersweet: Black joblessness was still roughly Continue reading →
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Summit Academy celebrates first 100 GEDs as part of the “1,000 GED Campaign”

Initiative provides education & job training for 1,000 low-income Minnesotans MINNEAPOLIS (February 14, 2018) – Summit Academy has surpassed the 100 GED mark as part of their “1,000 GED Campaign,” which aims to provide 1,000 low-income Minnesotans with education and job training. The 1,000 GED Campaign launched in October 2017, joined by U.S. Bank President & CEO Andy Cecere, Thor Construction CEO Ravi Norman and civic leader John Stanoch. The 100th GED student in the 1,000 GED Campaign graduated earlier this month. The effort has Continue reading →
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Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs [MINNPOST]

Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs MINNPOST Ibrahim Hirsi | November 16, 2018 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal year — an amount exceeding 30 percent of the agency’s $485.4 million budget. That’s on top of the more than $205 million the agency spent on training and employment initiatives, which the agency either runs or funds, in its 2017 fiscal Continue reading →
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‘1,000 GED Campaign’ program aims to boost workforce participation [MINNPOST]

‘1,000 GED Campaign’ program aims to boost workforce participation MINNPOST Ibrahim Hirsi | November 15, 2017 A high school diploma is often a requisite for a decent job, let alone one that can provide a middle-class lifestyle. And yet the Twin Cities is currently home to an estimated 100,000 adults who don’t have a high school diploma or a GED. For the most part, that means those people will struggle not only to get a job; it means they can’t even participate in certain employment Continue reading →
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As workforce shrinks, construction industry feels crunch

As workforce shrinks, construction industry feels crunch MPR News Martin Moylan | October 31, 2017 People running construction companies throughout Minnesota complain a lot these days about not being able to find enough workers. And they’re worried about a major crunch in the coming years. The housing bust and Great Recession a decade ago devastated the trades as jobs dried up and workers left the field. In Minnesota, employment in the sector has rebounded significantly, but it’s still short of its 2005 annual average peak Continue reading →
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Twin Cities GED Campaign is worthy effort to address disparities

Twin Cities GED Campaign is worthy effort to address disparities Star Tribune Editorial Board | October 13, 2017 An estimated 100,000 adults in St. Paul and Minneapolis don’t have a high school diploma or GED. That represents significant lost potential — both for the individuals and for the region’s economy. The education deficit keeps thousands in poverty, forever restricted to either government dependence or working the lowest-paying jobs. Read More…
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Yes, even amid Minnesota’s tight labor market, there are ways for companies to find qualified workers

Yes, even amid Minnesota’s tight labor marketing, there are ways for companies tight labor market, there are ways for companies to find qualified workers MINNPOST Ibrahim Hirsi | September 9, 2017 Many employers in Minnesota have something in common: They’re struggling to find qualified workers, especially skilled workers, to fill job openings across industries. It’s why the state has, among other things, poured millions toward career pathway programs — often created in partnership between private companies, government agencies and educational institutions — to help people Continue reading →
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Future Force: How Minnesota educators and employers are training a team of tomorrow

Future Force: How Minnesota educators and employers are training the team of tomorrow Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Nick Williams | August 24, 2017
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Statistics Show Some Industries in Minnesota Lack Diversity

Statistics Show Some Industries in Minnesota Lack Diversity U.S. News & World Report Associated Press | May 7, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Statistics from the U.S. Census and Equal Opportunity Commission show racial and ethnic minorities are a growing portion of Minnesota’s workforce, yet are significantly underrepresented in many kinds of jobs and industries. Racial and ethnic minorities represent only 8 percent of the workforce among management, business financial and health professionals, Minnesota Public Radio reported. That’s half their share of the total Continue reading →
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Minnesota firms think they’re doing okay on diversity; the data say no

Minnesota firms think they’re doing okay on diversity; the data say no MPR News Martin Moylan | May 4, 2017 A recent state survey found most Minnesota employers believe they have workforces that reflect the diversity of their customers and communities. But employment data show they’re often fooling themselves. Racial and ethnic minorities are a growing portion of Minnesota’s workforce, according to statistics from the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and U.S. Census. Yet they are significantly underrepresented in many kinds of jobs and industries.Read More…
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An earlier start to tackling downtown Minneapolis crime

An earlier start to tackling downtown Minneapolis crime MPR News Doualy Xaykaothao | April 1, 2017 You can’t miss the safety ambassadors along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. They’re uniformed in bright yellow, lime green pull-overs, and their job is to keep the peace. “Part of the strategy is to get out with a more constant presence,” said Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. “Just making the street lively.”Read More..
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Hennepin County focuses on shaping tomorrow’s workforce

Hennepin County focuses on shaping tomorrow’s workforce Star Tribune Neal St. Anthony | January 8, 2017 Tonya Jordan, an apprentice electrician at Noble Conservation Solutions, is bursting through the achievement gap. Jordan, 30, a high school dropout, worked at minimum-wage retail and hotel-housekeeping jobs that she described as financial “dead ends.” Last year, she enrolled in a new program at Summit Academy OIC in north Minneapolis that offers working-poor adults the opportunity to earn their General Education Degree (GED) and a certificate and beginning job Continue reading →
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Editorial: 1,000 (and more) GEDs, for the good of all

Editorial: 1,000 (and more) GEDs, for the good of all Pioneer Press Pioneer Press Editorial Board | October 18, 2017 We’ve been reminded in Minnesota, over and again, that our future in an era of workforce shortages will rely on every worker achieving his or her full potential. A worthy new program is addressing the opportunity by investing in an untapped resource: those without a high school diploma. The initiative aims to help 1,000 low-income Minnesotans who didn’t graduate or complete the GED — a Continue reading →
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SUMMIT VOICES: Spring 2017

Summit Voices A Summit Academy Newsletter from GED Students & Staff Spring 2017 What’s inside: stories from current GED students, “What Am I?” poem by Arthur, GED student and GED highlights and updates  
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The Summit – Spring Edition 2017

The Summit – Spring Edition 2017 Feature: Ensuring Student Success Also inside this issue: President’s Update, Summit Academy Alumni Stories, Summit Prep and more… Share on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
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SUMMIT VOICES: Winter 2016-2017

SUMMIT VOICES A Summit Academy Newsletter from GED Students & Staff Winter 2016-2017 Introducing the very first Summit Voices newsletter from the GED Department.  What’s inside: stories from current GED students, “Are You Smarter than a GED Student?” quiz, and classroom highlights.
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U.S. Bank Gives $250,000 Challenge Grant to Summit Academy OIC To Support “1,000 GED Campaign”

December 2016 MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 13, 2016) – Summit Academy OIC has received a $250,000 challenge grant from U.S. Bank to help fund its “1,000 GED Campaign” – a first-of-its-kind contextualized program that enables individuals to earn a GED and then also become certified in a construction or healthcare specialty in only 30 weeks. U.S. Bank is the first corporation to fund the campaign, aimed at reaching 1,000 GEDs by 2020 and is challenging other corporations to join the effort. Read more…
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Summit Academy OIC Winter Newsletter

The Summit – Winter Edition 2016

The SUMMIT – Winter Edition 2016 Features: President’s Update, Summit Academy Alumni Stories, Rib Fest and Summit Prep volunteer tutoring program + more  
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The Summit – Fall Edition 2016

The SUMMIT – Fall Edition 2016 100 Million Dollar Partner: Thor Construction also inside this issue: President’s Update, Summit Academy Alumni Stories, Capital Campaign Construction + more (PDF)  
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Summit Academy and Will Steger Partnership

Summit Academy Students Gain Hands-On Training at the Steger Wilderness Center Experience This summer, two groups of Summit Academy construction students had a unique opportunity to gain real-life construction experience at the Steger Wilderness Center. Under the guidance of Will Steger, a prominent polar explorer and Summit Academy instructor Beth Halverson; the students learned a variety of skills including metal roof installation and finish carpentry. “Ms. H. helped us with the first roof, but she let us do the second one ourselves. The best thing Continue reading →
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U.S. Bank Stadium Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Louis King

July 22 marked the official opening of the new U.S. Bank Stadium with a grand ribbon cutting ceremony. David Mortenson of Mortenson Construction introduced Louis King, president and CEO of Summit Academy, who spoke about Summit Academy’s leadership in meeting workforce hiring targets for minorities, women and veterans on the construction of the stadium . . . as well as well-paying part-time employment opportunities during the ongoing operations of the stadium. Watch King’s full 3-minute speech by clicking here or on the video above.   The Continue reading →
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Rosenblum: Twin Cities Community Health Workers Help Patients Get Good Care

Twin Cities community health workers help patients get good care Star Tribune Gail Rosenblum  | July 3, 2016 Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an indispensable role in Minnesota’s health care, including Shawn McKinney, a graduate of Summit Academy’s 20-week CHW program. These health care professionals bridge the gap between Minnesota’s underserved communities and healthcare services and resources. Read more…
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Summit Academy OIC Awarded $525,000 from the Otto Bremer Trust

Dollars Earmarked for Improving School Facilities June 2016 MINNEAPOLIS (June, 2016) – Summit Academy OIC has received a $525,000 investment from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), which has chosen to embark on a multi-year partnership in support of the north Minneapolis nonprofit organization. Summit empowers adults residing in the most economically depressed neighborhoods in the Twin Cities to become educated, employed, contributing members of society. Read more…
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A look at who’s been left out of Minnesota’s economic recovery

A look at who’s been left out of Minnesota’s economic recovery MinnPost By Ibrahim Hirsi | 06/28/16 A recent report released by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ initiative, the Minnesota Budget Project shows that many racial and ethnic groups continue to be affected by high unemployment rates. Read more…
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Twin Cities’ Summit Academy Offers GED and a Trade

Channel 5 Eyewitness News Todd Wilson 06/23/2016 This news story is also available on Channel 5 Eyewitness News or click on the PDF version to read the full story
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The SUMMIT Newsletter – Special Mortenson Edition

The SUMMIT Newsletter – Special Edition Longstanding Partnership between Mortenson Construction & Summit Academy Louis King, Summit Academy President and CEO, summed up the long-term partnership, “Mortenson is the industry leader when it comes to workforce inclusion. They have helped us demonstrate that our students are more than just people “needed to fulfill quotas.” We count on their leadership and integrity.” What’s Inside: Executive Perspective from Ken Sorensen, Senior Vice President of Mortenson Construction and Kendall Griffith, Vice President & General Manager of Mortenson’s Minneapolis office Mortenson Construction & Summit Academy Projects Summit Academy – Continue reading →
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Minnesota Construction Industry Anticipating New Crop of Minority Workers

KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News Todd Wilson January 18, 2016 See the full video news story by clicking on this link:  http://bit.ly/1PnZaTY or read the full story here.
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85,000 Need GED

In Hennepin: 85,000 need GED Insight News Harry Colbert, Jr.  |  January 15, 2016 Read the full article by clicking here.
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Summit Academy partners with Ryan Companies on Downtown East

Members of minorities making modest inroads in the trades Star Tribune Neal St. Anthony · January 11, 2016 Summit Academy’s partnership with Ryan Companies on the Downtown East project is one more example of how Summit and local business leaders are working together to employ more skilled people of color, women and veterans today . . . and to plan for the shifting demographic landscape of tomorrow. Read the full story from the Star Tribune by following this link: http://strib.mn/1OL0kwV    
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Tightening labor market may open doors to Minnesotans of color

MPR News December 23, 2015 by Martin Moylan Minnesota is facing a slowdown in the growth of its workforce so employers look to the community and minority groups to meet that growing need more workers. At Summit Academy, they’re placing 90 percent of graduates from their vocational training programs, up from only about 50 percent six or seven years ago. See the rest of the article by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/1kh2ZSy  OR  listen to the full story on MPR News Radio by clicking HERE…
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Preparing a workforce for the future

Preparing a workforce for the future By: Charles Hallman | November 30, 2015 Summit Academy trains low-income students for living-wage jobs Read more…
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An untapped resource to end disparities

An untapped resource to end disparities Pioneer Press  |  11.13.2015 by Louis J. King II Minnesota has the resources, but thus far has lacked the political will to end income disparities between whites and blacks — disparities that have plagued the state for far too long and are getting worse. Read more…
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Meet The Woman Who Built The NEW Vikings Stadium From The Ground Up – Literally

October 21, 2015 The Positive Black Woman Meet The Woman Who Built The NEW Vikings Stadium From The Ground Up – Literally Read more…  
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Vikes stadium builders cross goal line on minority hiring

October 23, 2015 MPR News Vikes stadium builders cross goal line on minority hiring Read more…
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Facing the Facts of Economic Disparities in MN

September 28, 2015 Facing the Facts of Economic Disparities in MN How we can reduce the income gap for blacks
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The SUMMIT – 2015 September Newsletter

The SUMMIT – 2015 September Newsletter September 2015 Inside this issue: President’s Message, CHW Internship, Ryan Partnership + more (PDF)
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Black Minnesotans of all Backgrounds Up Against Disparities

September 26, 2015 Black Minnesotans of all Backgrounds Up Against Disparities A shift to lower-paying jobs has hit state’s black households especially hard.  Read more…
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The SUMMIT – 2015 Winter Newsletter

The SUMMIT – 2015 Winter Newsletter January 2015  Community Health Worker Night & Weekend Pilot Program Launches, Moving Forward into 2015, Program Updates + more (PDF)
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Summit Academy Manager receives Best International Award in Ireland

Dr. Anne-Marie Kuiper of Summit Academy Recognized Internationally for Her Cutting-Edge Work in Human Resource Development in North Minneapolis Dr. Kuiper presented her research to 330 attendees from around the world during the conference at the University College of Cork in Ireland. Dr. Anne-Marie Kuiper, Workforce Development Manager at Summit Academy OIC received international recognition on June 3, 2015 at the 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe. She was awarded the 2015 Best International Paper Award for her dissertation research: The Role of Human Continue reading →
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Summit Academy & Ryan Companies Partner on Downtown East Hiring

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Summit Academy OIC hosted the first Open House for Ryan Companies and its sub-contractors to discuss the hiring of minorities and women on the key Downtown East Development project headed up by Ryan Companies. This project is contiguous with the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium that is already underway. An official agreement was previously formalized between Summit and Ryan Companies for them to hire a substantial number of minorities and women on their Downtown East project where Summit will be the lead trainer Continue reading →
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