Du Fresne Mfg. Co. and White Bear Lake Area High School received the 2016 Community Partnership Award from the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation for their work to introduce manufacturing careers to students. White Bear Lake Area High School has offered the Manufacturing Pathway Program for more than a year, and Du Fresne Mfg. Co. has been a key partner, offering students career shadowing experiences for a well-rounded view of the manufacturing industry and career opportunities. HIRED’s own Rich Wessels has served as the Career Navigator for the program, encouraging student involvement and boosting employer engagement.

By participating in programs like the Manufacturing Pathway Program, local manufacturers like Du Fresne Mfg. Co. play an active role in recruiting future generations of workers and advancing Minnesota’s strong manufacturing tradition.

Check out the video below to learn more about this amazing partnership!