Best Buy’s investment in Minnesota’s youth promises big dividends

Best Buy has long supported the use of technology to improve and enrich lives, especially those of teens who don’t have ready access to technology tools and training.

As part of that effort, Best Buy is a proud funder of Career Academies, an educational program in Minneapolis-St. Paul that on Tuesday announced it’s expanding to provide opportunities to even more students throughout Minnesota.

In Best Buy’s home state of Minnesota, only 44 percent of people over the age of 25 hold a post-secondary degree or credential. But 75 percent of all jobs will require some post-secondary education by 2020.

That’s why the Best Buy Foundation became a founding investor in Career Academies two years ago. Career Academies is a high school education movement anchored by United Way that’s now helping nearly 3,000 Minneapolis-St. Paul students with career-focused classes and post-secondary learning opportunities.

Thanks to its founding contributors and additional investment from the Bush Foundation, Career Academies’ expansion will help students in southwestern and south-central Minnesota.

“The Career Academies model works, and we’re proud to have been on the ground floor,” said Andrea Wood, director of Community Relations at Best Buy.  “Today we’re seeing yet more evidence of how Best Buy can help expand opportunities for high school students, increase graduation rates and provide young people fulfillment through in-demand careers.”

 

For more information about Best Buy’s youth support efforts visit https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-relations-overview/ or follow @BestBuyCSR on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District