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Join Us for a Career Skills Graduation

Career Skills helps individuals build personal and professional development tools that improve our communities' workforce vitality. The program offers courses that are tailored to the participant's abilities and aspirations helping develop life-long career skills.

This two-part series includes professional skills development, self-esteem, self-advocacy, team building, goal setting, networking, mentoring, and performance evaluations, as well...

ISD 318 opens transition learning center at MDI

Students with special needs in Independent School District (ISD) 318 will have a host of new opportunities when the new Quest Transition Program opens its doors on Feb. 25 at MDI. Quality Universal Education and Skills Training, or Quest, is a new program designed for students with special needs ages 18 to 21 to learn life skills through immersive educational experiences.

“We’re very...

Hibbing Daily Tribune

MDI WINS 2019 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Minnesota Diversified Industries expanded its business last year when relocating its building from a Greyhound bus terminal to a new 36,000 sq. ft. structure near the Range Regional Airport. The move allowed the nonprofit social enterprise to nearly double its size and provide better working conditions for its employees with disabilities who have produced more than 100 million totes and trays for the U.S. Postal Service over the past 25 years....

Minnesota's MDI expands with model that mainstreams workers with disabilities

CEO Peter McDermott of Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) wasn’t looking for this job.

However, he took over the failing contract manufacturer nearly a decade ago from a dismissed manager and turned it into a growth company of 525 employees, including nearly half with developmental disabilities. 

MDI has plants in northeast Minneapolis, Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Cohasset.

“This is the best job I’ve ever had and I’...

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