Company Honored For Education Program

Company Honored For Education Program Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - A Sauk Rapids manufacturer is recognized for a program to help train refugees who aged out of high school.

Coleman Company Inc. was one of the winners of the 2018 Minnesota Job Honor Awards.

The company teamed up with Career Solutions and Central Minnesota Adult Basic Education in St. Cloud to form the CareerONE program.

The program has education and career training for refugees who are 21-years-old or older, which is the maximum age to attend high school, and didn't earn enough credits to graduate.

“It was nice to see a company in St. Cloud that was willing to reach out to those students and make a commitment to providing education and work experience,” says Mandi Schneider, classroom instructor for adult education.

Jamal Alimad, a Somali elder serving as volunteer mentor in the initiative, describes the program as life-changing. “Coleman gave opportunity to those kids. As refugees we lost everything that was dear to us. This program helps them achieve what they lost.”

The awards were presented in partnership with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce at their “Workforce Solutions Forum” on May 9th in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Job Honor Awards are sponsored by ManpowerGroup, a world leader in workforce solutions.

Minnesota Job Honor Awards 2018: Coleman Company (Sauk Rapids) from America's Job Honor Awards on Vimeo.

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