Students at the Robbinsdale District 279’s Adult Academic Program are hoping to a forge a path to a future career. The program helps people improve English and math skills to get ready for college or a new job. Thursday morning, 36 adults in the program took a special field trip to explore possible manufacturing careers. For many in the group, it was the first time they’ve stepped foot inside a manufacturing company.
One of the stops was Randy’s Booth in Crystal. Students came away impressed as they watched workers making custom seats for restaurants and other hospitality businesses.
“It’s good to show students a trade and how to build things and do things with their hands,” said Randy’s Booth president Bert Kissoondath.
Such a tour also helps businesses. Randy’s Booth says it has a hard time finding skilled employees.
“Upholstery is kind of a dying trade. So, it’s good to show people about upholstery and learn how to upholster,”explained Kissoondath.
Randy’s Booth just moved to Crystal two months ago. There are about 25 employees at the facility. However, they’re looking to add more workers. Some students on the tour say they are ready to put in an application.
“This is a good experience for the first time seeing a lot of companies, producing chairs and producing materials for house,” said Patrick Dormoh.
Officials with the Adult Academic Program say they hope to cultivate more relationships with businesses in Crystal.
Sonya Goins, reporting.
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