Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 11 – 15
April 15, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Pequot Lakes: A new app will put meaningful job opportunities at the fingertips of Pequot Lakes High School students. Bridges Workplace Connection, a nonprofit that links K-12, employers and local communities to prepare the next generation of students for the demands of regional employers, recently released the Jobs Train app, filled with job opportunities tailored to students 18 or younger. The app is hosted on the Career Depot, a web portal funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Region Five Development Commission and MicroNet.
2) Hibbing: More than 200 people packed the Hibbing Community College auditorium on Tuesday to share their vision for a vibrant Iron Range. Speakers connected a number of dots — from the aging workforce to opportunities that come with attracting millennials, the potential of fostering small business growth to new developments in the mineral economy. The conversation, which will be featured in a number of Minnesota Public Radio segments, was hope-filled as attendees focused on what’s needed for a more sustainable economic future.
3) Faribault: They may speak different languages and have diverse life experiences, but each of the 488 students at Faribault’s Adult Basic Education Center share one common dream — the dream for a solid education that can lead to a bright future. Meeting each student where they’re at has proved successful in building skills and building community — both of which will bring new opportunities to the city of Faribault.
“This school is just amazing. Everybody here feels like another part of my family,” said [Angel Marie Olvera]. “Whenever I feel like I have stress, I just come to school and I just relax. I just love it here.”
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