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Colleges partner with non-profits to provide educational and job training opportunities for at-risk youth

To further their missions to make a positive contributions to their communities, Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College will provide certification in Stonemasonry and Forklift Training for at-risk youth at Steger Wilderness Center in Ely, Minn. in June 2015.

The training partners the aligned colleges with the two non-profit organizations, Steger Wilderness Center and Central Minnesota Jobs Training Services, the organization providing funding for the $20,180.00 proposal.

Eight at-risk students will spend the month of June at the Steger Wilderness Center and receive continuing education credit in stonemasonry. Forklift training will be provided by the Professional and Workforce Training Center of both Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey. 

“Perhaps even more important than the job skills the students will develop are the values they will gain that inform self-reliance, independence and dedication to work,” Philosophy instructor Peter Wahlstrom said.

“The students will spend the month living off the grid while they receive this training. This experience will provide them with perspective needed to focus on their values as students, employees and humans. Our missions go beyond coursework; our colleges strive to actively and positively participate in our communities. This is another program that helps bring these goals to fruition,” Wahl further noted.

For information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit For information about Anoka Technical College, visit Or call 763-433-1300. 

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