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“We have the type of jobs that these students are looking for,” she said. “They fill a need that we have.”
Jones, for example, turned out to be a perfect fit at Amplatz, she said. “These people are shining because they’re matched up with the right job. We’re just helping them figure out what job … they should apply for.”
Even if it’s an entry-level slot — such as office assistant or parking attendant — it’s a foot in the door. And when they finish their degrees, Beeth said, they can apply for higher-paying jobs as internal candidates.
Beeth is also chair of a task force for the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, one of two groups (along with the McKnight Foundation) funding the college fellowship program with a total of $200,000 in grants.
Already the program has drawn interest from students living beyond the one-mile radius of the Green Line, Mogren says. But there’s not enough money to help everyone — at least, not yet. “As we move forward, we want to be able to grow,” he said.
Beeth, too, says she hopes this is just the beginning. “We try to make a difference, because education and jobs is what prosperity is all about.”
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