CDI Launches Youth Skills Training Program

High School students gain real-life work experience

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Pictured left to right: Jane Lebert, Personnel Director; Josh Meija, Hemi Reno, and JoAnna Quade, Personnel Recruiter Specialist

Owatonna High School students will now have the opportunity to get hands-on, paid experience with the introduction of a new program through Career Pathways, thanks to a grant received through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for the Youth Skill Training Program (YST). This program allows students to gain real-life work experience in an industry of interest to them.

Climate by Design International (CDI) is the first Owatonna business to have student workers as part of YST.

Josh Meija and Hemi Reno began their employment at CDI on March 7, joining CDI’s assembly team where they will learn how to construct sheet metal HVAC equipment.

Hemi declared after his first week, that he had found CDI to be a “great place to work”!

 “We are excited to offer local students the opportunity to learn a new trade while still in school and possibly continue with their employment once they graduate,” shared Jane Lebert, Personnel Director. “We look forward to offering many more such opportunities at CDI to local high school students.”