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Governor Dayton visits Hibbing High School

March 2011

Governor Mark Dayton visited Hibbing High School on Friday, March 11, 2011 as part of a tour of the Iron Range.

The governor visited the school to meet with staff and students to talk about the future of education and jobs on the Iron Range, as well as to learn about efforts by the Applied Learning Institute (ALI) to bring together high school, college and industry to teach the next generation of Iron Range technology professionals.

Hibbing students Shane Tramontin, Jon Bischoff and Jeffery Ridlon gave a presentation on the ALI class fundamentals of engineering design, robotics and industrial applications.

The students presented battle robots they built in class and three-dimensional models they programmed computers to cut out.

All three said they appreciated Dayton coming to learn what they think about education in the state.

He actually cares about our input, Ridlon said.

He added that he’d like to see the state give more funding for projects like his engineering class, so students can do even more hands-on projects. It’s easier to learn by putting the physics concepts into a physical object than to learn the equations from a book, he said.

The content of this article is attributed to the Hibbing Daily Tribune, Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Grainger Foundation supports Applied Learning Institute

July 2010

The Grainger Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $5,000 to the Applied Learning Institute (ALI) in support of a project to teach 11th and 12th grade students about GREEN and Sustainability.  ALI Coordinator Roy Smith said, “We sincerely thank the Grainger Foundation and their generous contribution in support of the Applied Learning Institute in a GREEN and sustainability project.”
This donation was recommended by Michael Benson and Jeremy Day, branch managers of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Duluth, Minn. and Plymouth, Minn. locations. “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by the Applied Learning Institute,” said Benson and Day. “We understand the need to build interest in skilled labor at a young age to create highly trained, knowledgeable workers equipped with the technical and problem-solving skills needed by employers everywhere.”
Grainger has been a part of the northern Minnesota business community for more than 21 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.


Applied Learning Institute celebrates third season of the Summer Building Institute

August 2010

The Applied Learning Institute partners with the Northern Minnesota Builders Association and Itasca County Habitat for Humanity for the 2010 ALI Summer Building Institute.
The 2010 ALI Summer Building Institute took place on three Itasca County Habitat owned lots in Bovey and Calumet.  Twelve students from Grand Rapids, Greenway and Nashwauk-Keewatin High Schools took part in the 2010 program.  The first session, led by Greenway High School instructor, Trevor Howe, ran July 19-30 and took place on a Bovey Habitat site.  The second session was led by Grand Rapids High School instructor, Dan Bredemus, and ran August 2nd-August 13th on two Calumet Habitat sites.  Each ALI Summer Building Institute ran for two consecutive weeks, five days a week, working 8 hours per day.  Students completing the entire two week program will receive .5 credit towards high school graduation standards and a tool kit (donated in part by the Northern Minnesota Builders Association). 
This program is a unique partnership of its kind where all parties benefit.  For ALI, this is a summer institute that fits with its mission.  Students and Instructors will receive a unique hands-on learning opportunity to work side by side with building trade professionals. The Northern Minnesota Builders Association benefits from promoting the building trades and helping to give students a hands-on learning experience and unique mentorship opportunities.  The Itasca County Habitat for Humanity benefits to expand its volunteer mission and build a stronger sense of community.