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 manufacturer whose workforce is comprised of nearly 50% people with disabilities.

“We are so proud to reach this milestone of 100 graduates of our Career Skills Program,” said Peter McDermott, president and CEO of MDI. “At MDI our ultimate goal is to help people with disabilities find meaningful employment within our communities and to help employers see the value of hiring people with disabilities. This program is a true testament to the tenacity and dedication that exists in this untapped workforce, and I am so proud of the work they do to advance their careers.”

WHEN: Monday, May 13, 2019
9:30 A.M.: Gallery Walk
10 A.M.: Graduation ceremony


3501 Broadway St. NE. Ste. 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413 


MDI hosts the program for cohorts at its facilities in Minneapolis, Hibbing and Cohasset. Participants who graduate from the program gain skills such as how to deliver their own elevator pitch, communicate with confidence and strengthen soft skills.

“The Career Skills program helped me learn how to stay on schedule, be patient and work with all kinds of people,” said Walter Louis, who graduated from the program and was hired by MDI shortly after.