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From the outside, it looks like any other industrial building in Northern Minnesota. Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) in Cohasset occupies an 110,000 square foot building with a busy workforce that includes people with and without disabilities working at the company’s commercial plastic and environmental services facility. Inside, the building is part office, part warehouse, and now – thanks to a unique partnership with the local arts...

CAREER READY 100: MDI to celebrate 100th graduate of Career Skills Program

MDI will celebrate the 100th graduate of its Career Skills Program at a graduation ceremony on May 13, 2019, starting at 9:30 a.m. at its Minneapolis facility. First implemented in 2017, the program provides people with and without disabilities the professional skills needed in today’s workforce, including attitude, grit, punctuality, communication, leadership, initiative, work ethic, teamwork and critical thinking. MDI is a nonprofit...

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...