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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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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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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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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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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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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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Finance & Commerce – Progress MN: Louis King II

April 10, 2015 Progress MN: Louis King II President Louis King recognized as an innovator and an agent of change at Progress MN event. Read more…
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Summit Academy students at Construction Crew Job Fair 

Summit Academy students, Theo Pickford and Lejune Richberg, were featured in last night’s KARE-TV’s piece about the Minnesota Construction Crew Job Fair held yesterday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Many contractors are beginning to recognize the demographic shift and future workforce needs, including the hiring of people of color, women and veterans. Click on the video image above or link below to read the full story. http://kare11.tv/1Ca77Xb
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Summit Academy’s Rehab Tech Program on Kare 11

Through a partnership between Hennepin County and Summit Academy, a once-neglected house has been remodeled and renovated. Since September of 2013, 70 Summit Academy Residential Rehabilitation Technician students have worked on rehabilitating the house at 3245 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. A year and a half later, the house is now complete.  Click here to view the complete story
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Finance & Commerce – Finance & Commerce Names Progress Minnesota honorees

February 6, 2015 Finance & Commerce Names Progress Minnesota Honorees Louis King is one of three individuals to be honored in this year’s Progress Minnesota 2015 Awards. Mr. King, along with 23 businesses, 2 individuals and Lifetime Achievement honoree Mort Mortenson, will be featured at an award ceremony on April 9, 2015. (PDF)
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MinnPost – Focus on Schools to Build Minnesota’s Future Work Force

Focus on schools to build Minnesota’s future work force January 23, 2015  |  By Louis J. King II Minnesota’s work force is at a crossroads with an aging populace, large immigrant population, high income disparities between whites and people of color, and academic achievement gaps that are plaguing students throughout the state. Read more…
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Finance & Commerce – Tighter Labor Market Increases Importance of Minority Workers

October 23, 2014 Tighter Labor Market Increases Importance of Minority Workers William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. (PDF)
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Star Tribune – Into the Wild: Students work with Steger to build their dreams

August 2, 2014 Into the Wild: Students work with Steger to build their dreams ELY, Minn. – Go east out of Ely, past the gas station and the Wolf Center, leaving any semblance of civilization behind. Dirt roads narrow and giant potholes rattle your chassis for miles. You turn down the long driveway, past a gate and a sign that warns to watch for dog sleds. (PDF)
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MinnPost – To Make Sure Everyone Succeeds, We Must Provide Equity and Opportunity

July 29, 2014 To Make Sure Everyone Succeeds, We Must Provide Equity and Opportunity A July 2 MinnPost Glean item linked to a story reporting that the Twin Cities is enjoying the lowest unemployment rate of any large metropolitan area in the country. However, it failed to mention that the 13-county metropolitan area has the largest racial disparities in employment in the United States. (PDF)
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MinnPost – Summit Academy Students, Will Steger Break Ground on Cabin-Building Initiative in BWCA

July 3, 2014 Summit Academy Students, Will Steger Break Ground on Cabin-Building Initiative in BWCA William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. (PDF)
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The Journal – Pilot Program Helps Residents Impacted by North Side Tornado Move Toward Self Sufficiency

June 5, 2014Pilot Program Helps Residents Impacted by North Side Tornado Move Toward Self Sufficiency North Minneapolis residents still feel the effects of the 2011 tornado that ravaged homes and businesses. (PDF)
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Finance & Commerce – At LRT Hearing, North Side Leaders Push for Equity

May 30, 2014At LRT Hearing, North Side Leaders Push for Equity William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. (PDF)
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Star Tribune – Tevlin: Freed convict building houses, rebuilding his life: ‘I am blessed’

January 24, 2012Tevlin: Freed convict building houses, rebuilding his life: ‘I am blessed’ Released in June after 23 years in prison, today Lloyd is an instructor for Summit Academy OIC and a quiet leader on this construction site. Summit trains low-income and minority men and women in the construction trades so they can learn certified skills and get jobs that start at $17 an hour. (PDF)
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Finance & Commerce – Summit Academy program provides hands-on training for aspiring contractors

December 12, 2011Summit Academy program provides hands-on training for aspiring contractors Summit Academy, a nonprofit vocational center in north Minneapolis, is preparing to graduate the latest crop of students from its pre-apprentice carpentry program, which it calls 100 Hard Hats (PDF)
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Daily Planet – Would Newt Gingrich’s idea about poor kids work?

December 11, 2011Would Newt Gingrich’s idea about poor kids work? On the subject of poverty and helping people bootstrap their way up and out of it, Louis King is an expert. So who better to talk to regarding Newt Gingrich’s now viral remarks about poverty and putting young inner-city kids to work in the schools? (PDF)
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Revive! Twin Cities – Louis King: Putting People to Work

December 2011Louis King: Putting People to Work Louis King is no nonsense. His military background provides the model for how he operates. Identify the mission. Build a team. Organize. Determine direction. Hit the streets to get things done. Measure results. Evaluate. Adjust. It’s with this approach that King has been working in the North Minneapolis community for over 22 years. (PDF)
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Insight News – Summit Academy OIC host Expo: Educating women in training and construction opportunities

June 15, 2011Summit Academy OIC host Expo: Educating women in training and construction opportunities Summit Academy OIC, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit educational and vocational center, is hosting a Women in Construction Super Expo on Tuesday, June 21 to educate women about training and construction opportunities that currently exist in the field. (PDF)
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Daily Planet – Northside Community Response Team: A marathon, not a sprint

June 7, 2011Northside Community Response Team: A marathon, not a sprint The Northside Community Response Team (NCRT), a coalition of nearly 60 organizations who have come together to help tornado victims of North Minneapolis, held a press conference on Monday, giving an update of the progress the coalition has made so far, and what lies ahead. (PDF)
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Star Tribune – Tornado relief shifts to new gear

June 6, 2011Tornado relief shifts to new gear The biggest branches and trees have been hauled away from the tornado-ravaged yards in north Minneapolis. (PDF)
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Star Tribune – Storm brings out North Side strengths

June 5, 2011Storm brings out North Side strengths After the tornado, the community is proceeding with resilience and a vision of what it can become. (PDF)
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Daily Planet – Businesses, agencies collaborate to serve and support North Minneapolis response and recovery

May 31, 2011Businesses, agencies collaborate to serve and support North Minneapolis response and recovery The rain was still falling. But the sun was about to overtake the remnants of clouds…Louis King, president of Summit Academy OIC called. (PDF)
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Star Tribune – Volunteers swarm to help

May 27, 2011Volunteers swarm to help With chainsaws and rakes, volunteers show up by the hundreds. (PDF)
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MPR – Volunteers help assess needs of storm victims

May 26, 2011Volunteers help assess needs of storm victims Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across the north side of Minneapolis Wednesday to help clear debris still left by Sunday afternoon’s tornado, and talk to residents to see what kind of help they need to recover from the storm’s devastating impact. (PDF)
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Daily Planet – Communities mobilize to preserve human rights funding

May 12, 2011Communities mobilize to preserve human rights funding If the republican-controlled state legislature has its way, the Minn. Dept. of Human Rights (MDHR) could have its budget slashed by as much as 65 percent. (PDF)
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