Minn. companies are "building" new workers from scratch
May 3, 2013
(CBS News) ST. PAUL, Minn. - We previously reported that one thing holding back the economic recovery is there just aren't enough skilled workers. But some companies have decided if they can't find qualified employees, they'll just create them -- as we found out in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read full CBS story
'Made in America' movement creates rebirth in sewing industry
March 6, 2013
(KARE 11) MINNEAPOLIS - The demand for the "Made in America" tag has led to a boost in the sewing industry and that has meant a rebirth of a unique program offered at Dunwoody College and Technology.
Inside the Minneapolis school, 18 students are doing something that has not been done in about seven decades.
"Dunwoody had a program in the 1940s and it was called a professional coat making program," said Debra Kerrigan, Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education at Dunwoody. Read full story on Kare 11
CNN Article: 'Dying trade' revived in job creation effort
March 1, 2013
(CNN) -- By day, Scott Loeser works from home for a company based in Hong Kong, selling stationery and school supplies to American big-box retailers.
In the afternoon, he rides a bus about 30 minutes from St. Paul, Minnesota, to a studio where he makes small leather goods by hand in the hopes of one day selling them for his own company. Before he can do that, though, he figures he needs to know how to use a sewing machine and make a scalable product.
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