UMD, CSS students meet with Duluth business professionals, learn that city is hiring

By KBJR News 1

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- For UMD senior Mike Schwanbeck, the decision on what to do after college was easy.

"I'd like to stay here in Duluth, I'm kind of looking at finding a job as a CPA," said Schwanbeck.

But many college students aren't aware of what's available in Duluth.
To provide some information five firms invited business and finance students from the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica to stop by their offices.

"We want to keep our kids up here, we want to keep our graduates up here. That helps Duluth, that helps us grow, it helps the economy," said Tim Meininger, Market President of Beacon Bank.

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce spokespeople say the city has more jobs available than can be filled. They say many baby boomers are retiring, leaving important positions to fill with young professionals.

"every organization in Duluth wants the 20 something, wants the next generation. They want to remain vital to this community. They want to have the kind of energy and the new perspective that comes from the younger employee and so they are seeking those individuals out," said David Ross, President of Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce.

U-M-D Junior Peter Ringham says there was a perception that no jobs were available here, and he was happy to know about the opportunities out there.

"It's really great to see that there are businesses around the city that are helping us see what's out there and connect," said Ringham.

The initiative was part of Twin Ports Connex that connects young professionals to the business world.

Last year the group connected 41 young people to internships and jobs in Duluth.

They have a goal of helping 75 people this year.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati