About ALI

Applied Learning Institute (ALI) was formed in 2006 to enhance technical education in northeast Minnesota by providing experiential learning that combines hands-on training and technology. The goal of ALI is to help create highly trained, knowledgeable workers who are equipped with the technical and problem-solving skills needed by employers everywhere.

ALI began its first pilot year offering technical courses in 2007-08 with 16 school districts and five community/technical colleges. Four hundred students were enrolled in ALI programs that first year, followed by an enrollment of 1012 in 2008-09—the second pilot year.

July 2009 marked the first full implementation year for ALI and the first year for new membership. Today, ALI has a membership of 17 northeast Minnesota school districts with 25 high schools, and the five colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED). Nearly 1500 students enrolled in ALI programs during the 2009-10 school year.