One of our honored corporate values is that “through active and sustained involvement with our neighbors – generously sharing our resources and human talent – we grow alongside our communities.” We take a personal interest in the communities that are located near the project site, after all, we live there too. We actively participate in activities and initiatives that promote community well-being by providing human, financial and other resources. Here are some specific things we’re doing through community giving to make a positive difference outside our project boundaries:
Mining for Excellence Scholarship. Each year we award a $5,000 and $2,500 scholarship to deserving high school seniors in Minnesota who show an aptitude for and achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Scholarships are awarded for academic and trade related programs. Learn more about or apply for the Mining for Excellence Scholarship.
Volunteer participation. Our employees generously serve their communities as members of local city and town councils or boards, on chamber of commerce boards, charitable organizations, economic development groups and as volunteer leaders in youth programs ranging from sports to scouting. We also provide support to community events such as the annual Hoyt Lakes Water Carnival and the United Way’s annual Rampage at the Ridge fundraiser.
Educational initiatives. Having a well-trained and educated local workforce drives our continued involvement and support of Iron Range educational initiatives. For example, we’re actively involved with the Northeast Higher Education District, a unique governance structure for five, autonomous yet interdependent two-year colleges that focus on training and retaining the Iron Range workforce. Our team members also serve on various advisory boards and provide leadership at individual NHED campuses such as the Iron Range Engineering program, a four-year degree program offered at Mesabi Iron Range College and Itasca Community College campuses through the University of Minnesota, Mankato. We also serve on the board of the Range Engineering Council, a nonprofit that promotes awareness and encourages student participation in grades 5-12 in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.