Companies and business leaders like Erick Ajax of EJ Ajax Metal Forming Solutions are helping to close the educational circle and narrow the skills gap by investing in educational programs in the areas where they operate.

In Minnesota, we have a big advantage. The Twin Cities have always demonstrated ingenuity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and our business leaders across diverse industries have consistently committed substantial financial and human resources to our schools and neighborhoods.

Our business leaders are inspired community leaders, and many organizations have come together to help our students succeed, including the Minnesota Council on Economic Education and Junior Achievement, among many others.

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