Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tim Wynne earns recognition from Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board

Tim Wynne, nutrition and culinary director at McKenna Crossing, received the Willis E. Branning Excellence in Youth Employment Services Award at the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board's (WIB) annual legislative and awards event Dec. 13 at the Eagan Community Center.


The award is presented to an organization, employer, individual or a program that has demonstrated a commitment to and effectiveness in preparing young people ages 14–21 to enter the workforce. St. Francis Regional Medical Center sponsors the award for a Scott County recipient and Dakota Electric sponsors the award for a Dakota County recipient.


Located between Shakopee and Prior Lake, McKenna Crossing (affiliated with Presbyterian Homes) serves older adults through community services, housing and health care. It offers numerous living options from apartment living to long-term-care housing. Wynne and his staff prepare meals, cater and serve to the patrons and residents of the facility.


For the past several years, McKenna Crossing has worked with the Scott County Employment and Training programs, particularly the summer program. The facility has been and continues to be a strong proponent of establishing the work readiness skills of youth.


Youth participating in the program have the opportunity to work in a kitchen/dining setting, starting in the dish room and potentially moving into other aspects of the food service industry. Those who complete the 10-week summer program acquire valuable work experience and potential job references. McKenna has also hired youth from the program, including one individual who now supervises the operations of the dish room and monitors new youth workers who join the team.


The award Wynne received is named for Will Branning, a long-time Dakota County commissioner and advocate for youth and youth employment opportunities.

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