“At a time when many nonprofits are scaling back or closing, we felt the need to expand our reach so that individuals from all parts of the Twin Cities can have access to programs that can literally change their lives,” said Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC. “We truly believe that there is no better way to assist these individuals than by teaching them the skills they need to get a living wage job.”
Summit Academy OIC is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit educational and vocational center that empowers adults residing in the most economically depressed neighborhoods in the Twin Cities to become contributing members of the community by offering training in the high-demand, high-growth industries of healthcare and construction. Previously Summit’s students were predominately from the Minneapolis area.
Recently, Summit completed training for individuals who were displaced when East Metro OIC in St. Paul closed its doors. Summit has forged partnerships with East Side Neighborhood Development Company, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, the Lao Family Community of Minnesota and the Asian American Press to educate community members of the benefits of learning a skill that will help them become employed in the future.
Beginning in February, Summit will be providing free transportation for up to 60 students from St. Paul for its training programs that begin February 15.
“We are excited to be working with these organizations and expanding our offerings to individuals with a variety of cultural backgrounds to ensure that they can succeed now and into the future,” King said. “Working together, we can and will make a difference in these communities.”
Summit will be hosting a series of free information sessions about its training programs. For more information, call (651) 288-9999.