Genesys Works, St. Paul

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Genesys Works, St. Paul

Work Force Building
Not-for-profit organization Genesys Works brings together businesspeople and urban public high schools to serve economically challenged students. The goal is to offer the training and work experience that students need to get employment as computer technology professionals. In August 2010, 30 companies hired approximately 80 students as a result of the Genesys Works program. The organization is working with six times as many students as three years ago, and four times as many corporate clients as in 2008.
Genesys aims to serve recent immigrants and other populations with the lowest rates of high school graduation and college attendance in the state. At the same time, the program wants to feed the demand for skilled workers.
After 150 hours of training in the summer after their junior year, the students are placed with local companies and work four hours each weekday during their senior year. This work is coupled with college and career counseling. All of the 32 program graduates in 2009 have enrolled in college.