Thursday, December 19, 2013

T.J.Maxx recognized by Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board

T.J.Maxx 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. It is named for Will Branning, a long-time Dakota County commissioner and advocate for youth and youth employment opportunities.


T.J.Maxx and store managers Michelle Schlosser from its Burnsville site and Barbara McGregor from its Eagan location were nominated by Rachel Grosskurth, a youth employment counselor with HIRED, a local non-profit contracted to provide services through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program.


T.J.Maxx is a discount retail store with locations throughout the Twin Cities and other metro areas. Grosskurth notes that T.J.Maxx and the store managers at the Eagan and Burnsville locations have been instrumental in assisting the youth in the Dakota County WIA Youth Program for more than three years. Schlosser and McGregor show patience and a willingness to nurture these youth in the training.


Over the last three years at the two locations, T.J.Maxx has provided internships for about 20 youth in the program, many of whom earned permanent opportunities after their internship. Schlosser and McGregor do formal interviews with the youth and team each one with a staff person during the training experience.


The employment opportunities at the T.J.Maxx stores have allowed the youth to gain valuable work experience (for many of them, it is their first job), receive support from an employer and earn a paycheck.

Attached: Margaret Schreiner (center), of Dakota Electric, with Willis E. Branning Youth in Employment Services Award recipients Barbara McGregor and Tom Jones, who accepted an award on behalf of Michelle Schlosser of T.J.Maxx.

No comments: