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joannehager

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Review for Summit Academy OIC, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was a pre-apprentice carpentry student at Summit Academy from February 2008 until June 2008. My life and the life of my family changed greatly after my graduation. I became a union laborer, initially being hired by Northland Concrete and Masonry. I have since worked at M.A. Mortenson and wrapped up 2009 working again with NCM. I now have a purpose and a future. I feel VITAL and I'm SO grateful! I would never have been given this opportunity without the help of Summit Academy. They gave me the confidence and training I needed to take into the field and the needed referral to enter the building trades. I was prepared and ready for the job I was applying for. The instructors were so encouraging and helpful and so devoted to seeing their students succeed. I live in North Minneapolis and I think we are so lucky to have SAOIC in our community. Going from getting Medical Assistance and food stamps to having medical insurance (including dental and vision)for me and my entire family paid by my employer and union AND to look forward to having a pension now instead of retiring on minimum social security...my future is SO different from when I walked through their doors during orientation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changing me from a 10.25/hour(no benefits) employee to making over 25/hour(with full benefits paid)breadwinner!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & pre-apprentice carpentry student.