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December Career Fair

December Career Fair

Event

Meet over a dozen local employers at Takoda’s December Career Fair Friday, December 14th 12:00 PM–3:00 PM Connecting with local employers is as easy as walking in and introducing yourself. You’ll get a chance to stand out as more than just a piece of paper at this in-person hiring event. No registration necessary.   Located at

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Support Life-Changing Work at AIOIC

Support Life-Changing Work at AIOIC

Announcement

Greetings, my relatives! Each day I am reminded of the honor held within my work at the American Indian OIC and each day I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. It can become so easy to find one’s self ensnared in the negativity that seems to permeate our world – reinforced by

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Native Voters Meet Hennepin County Candidates

Native Voters Meet Hennepin County Candidates

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With support from the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, AIOIC helped bring together candidates and Native voters for a unique evening of discussion. Voter engagement has been a long-standing issue for the Native community, with Native voter suppression in North Dakota becoming a headline story. Previous candidates have spent little time listening to the concerns

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In the Face of Fear – Winter’s Story

In the Face of Fear – Winter’s Story

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Winter found stability, support, and hope after enrolling at Takoda Works Winter* is a single mother of two young children fighting hard to have a better life. She is a woman looking to do better, be better, have more. She is a recipient of welfare trying to become self-sufficient. Even while her circumstances remain difficult,

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GED Opens Up Countless Opportunities for Breanne

GED Opens Up Countless Opportunities for Breanne

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With the help from tutors at Takoda GED, Breanne attained her GED and a higher paying job with benefits. Breanne, a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, came to Takoda GED with the goal of a better life for her and her daughter. Prior to earning her GED, Breanne was in a cycle

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Daily Reading Challenge Improves Lexile Scores

Daily Reading Challenge Improves Lexile Scores

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Takoda Prep students start each day by taking time to read, showing an increase in their Lexile scores. For over two school years, students and faculty at Takoda Prep have taken part in a school-wide initiative called Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.). This program was initially put in place to boost students’ interest in reading,

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Graduation at Takoda Institute

Graduation at Takoda Institute

Takoda Institute

Takoda graduates shared their stories of resiliency during the Fall graduation ceremony Twice a year, graduates of Takoda Institute and Takoda GED are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to celebrate their incredible achievement. This is not your average graduation ceremony. In lieu of rambling speeches, musical arrangements, and long processionals, the focus is instead

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No-Cost, Accredited Training for Everyone

No-Cost, Accredited Training for Everyone

Takoda Institute

Providing career pathways and bridging the labor shortage After a successful rebranding process, Takoda—American Indian OIC’s employment training subdivision—is proud to offer no-cost career training programs for all. The Takoda brand, originally created for the organization’s accredited post-secondary school, was expanded to include the GED/Adult Basic Education program and employment services. This was done to

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Distance Learning at Takoda GED

Distance Learning at Takoda GED

Announcement

Takoda GED provides distance learning to extend the teaching and tutoring that take place in our classroom.  “Distance learning” simply means leveraging technology to help students continue their formal education when they are not in the same physical location as their teachers.  This option is ideal for adults who must balance employment, family, transportation, and

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Fresh Start for a Single Mother

Fresh Start for a Single Mother

Success Story

Pam* is a single mother who started at Takoda in early 2018. She had been homeless with her young son for the past three years. During this time, Pam jumped from shelter to shelter and was desperate to find a shelter that would offer some longevity, stability and one where she could stay with her

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Outdoor Classroom Brings New Learning Opportunity

Outdoor Classroom Brings New Learning Opportunity

Announcement

Each Summer, Takoda Prep holds summer school for its students to provide them with a safe place to come each day and continue their education beyond the 9-month school year. Summer school at Takoda Prep began on June 18th and culminated with a community event on July 27th to honor our students and their hard

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To an Encampment, Our People Have Come Home

To an Encampment, Our People Have Come Home

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There is an encampment in Minneapolis populated by indigenous people – and it is growing. People who have gathered there are the displaced, the unemployed, the addicted, the battered, and the sexually exploited. They have come home. They have come home to the community that they are now counting on for help, and they have

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We’re Hiring – Recruitment Marketing Specialist

We’re Hiring – Recruitment Marketing Specialist

Announcement

Title: Recruitment Marketing Specialist Location: Minneapolis, MN Salary: DOE Closing date: October 12th, 2018 Reports to: Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator Organizational Summary The American Indian OIC is a community-based workforce development organization committed to supporting American Indians and others in the Twin Cities to fulfill their education, complete career training, gain employment and advance in

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We’re Hiring – Employment Counselor (PT)

We’re Hiring – Employment Counselor (PT)

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Employment Counselor- Part Time Takoda Institute of Higher Education, a Division of American Indian OIC 1845 East Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404 About American Indian OIC and Takoda Institute: AIOIC offers education, training and employment services. Our education services include an onsite contract-alternative high school with the Minneapolis Public School District as well as an

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From Students to Interns in Just a Day

From Students to Interns in Just a Day

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This spring, Takoda hosted a Healthcare Career Fair which brought together students, jobseekers, employers and training providers for a day of networking and learning. Jobseekers from all over the metro area gathered to learn about the potential careers they could have in the healthcare field, while healthcare employers learned about creative recruitment strategies including apprenticeship

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American Indian OIC Unveils the New “Takoda” Redesign

Announcement

Minneapolis, MN:  Today, after a long rebranding process, the American Indian OIC, debuts its new “Takoda” subdivision, which includes a new logo, branding, and website. The Takoda brand, originally created for the organization’s accredited post-secondary school, was expanded to include the GED/Adult Basic Education program and employment services.  This was done to demonstrate how the organization’s programs work together

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Two Certificates, One Great Career

Two Certificates, One Great Career

Graduate Story

Antonitte came to American Indian OIC’s Takoda Institute in 2012. She was a single mother looking to prove to herself that any situation could be made better, so she enrolled in the vocational school’s nine-month Administrative Assistant training program. While enrolled, Antonitte learned applicable work skills like project management, keyboarding, and database management and gained

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Second Chance Pays off for Computer Support Student

Second Chance Pays off for Computer Support Student

Graduate Story

Chris enrolled in college following his high school graduation, and – like many young people – perhaps did not value higher education as strongly as he should have. Within a few months of starting his college program, he dropped out. For the next decade Chris struggled to find his way. He bounced from job to

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Commitment to Success

If graduate John, has just one secret to success, it’s commitment. After completing the Takoda Institute’s nine-month Computer Support training program, he quickly landed a job as a computer support technician and in less than three years, he worked his way up to a systems administrator position and now earns about double what an entry-level

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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Graduate Story

In June of 2016, Cory, a proud member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, graduated after successfully completing the Computer Support Program at Takoda Institute of Higher Education. Prior to Takoda Institute, Cory had been taking care of his elderly mother while working at his previous job, which was physically straining and starting to

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Digital Office Professional

Digital Office Professional

Announcement

Takoda Institute evolves with the Minnesota workforce.  Over the past year, Takoda has met with area employers, industry professionals, and potential students to develop a new 9-month training program- Digital Office Professional. This program teaches industry-verified skills designed to places graduates in career pathways with pay ranges from $21.71 to $34.76, and opportunities for advancement

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Josh’s Success Story

Josh completed the Takoda Institute of Higher Education’s accredited Health Information and Patient Services Specialist occupational training program. Grants and scholarships fully covered his tuition, books, and fees. He was also provided with free job search support as he worked to enter his field of study. Here Josh shares an update on his life since

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Takoda GED featured on Minnesota Public Radio

GED

Excerpts and images from Minnesota Public Radio. Brandt Williams, Reporting Caroline Yang, Photographs High school dropouts try to get back in the game For many, GED certificates are the ticket into the workforce or higher education that they didn’t punch in high school. …Minnesota ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to the

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