In a move to address issues of diversity in employment, Target is partnering with Minneapolis-based vocational training school Summit Academy OIC on a new North Star Innovation Center.
The NSIC will lease Target’s space in the Regional Acceleration Center in North Minneapolis, expanding Summit Academy’s efforts to advance racial equity in employment.
The NSIC will serve as a learning and training center for students of color preparing for careers in information technology. With programs in fields including information technology, construction trades and health care, Summit Academy serves nearly 1,000 adults each year, Target noted, providing tuition-free education and training.
The initiative is part of Target’s longstanding investment in efforts to promote racial equity, the retailer stated. Over the past decade, Target has invested more than $11 million in the North Minneapolis area, working with local partners, such as the Northside Achievement Zone and the Northside Economic Opportunity Network, to help build wealth and create new opportunities in the community.
In June, Target said it would invest $10 million and ongoing resources in efforts to advance racial equity in Minneapolis and across the country with partners including the National Urban League and the African American Leadership Forum. Target pointed out that it also is providing 10,000 hours of pro bono consulting services for minority-owned small businesses, helping with rebuilding efforts in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and offering customers the option of directing funds to organizations supporting social justice through Target Circle, the retailer’s loyalty program.
“We’ve invested in North Minneapolis to support a strong quality of life for families in the neighborhood, and the Regional Acceleration Center is an important part of that investment,” said Brian Cornell, Target chairman and CEO. “With its expertise in helping Black families and other residents overcome social and racial inequities, Summit Academy is an excellent community resource. We’re proud to welcome them to the RAC and to work together to advance racial equity in our hometown.”