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The result is the Makers Coalition, a group of 16 Midwestern manufacturers determined to create jobs by teaching canada goose outlet nyc American students to use industrial cutters, steamers and factory sewing machines to fabricate garments, purses, satchels, bedding and other products, right here in the United States.

The first 22 week course started this month at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. Tuition https://www.estrategias.de is cheap Canada Goose $3,600, but most students will receive scholarships. The first class has 20 students. Hulme Co., she is not canada goose outlet in this alone.

Lifetrack Resources, a St. canada goose outlet store Paul based nonprofit, applied for and won a $75,000 Twin Cities United Way grant to cover scholarships.

Dunwoody College of Technology helped with the curriculum, workshop space and some equipment.

Other businesses joining the coalition include handbag maker Urban Junket, the northeast Minneapolis luxury sleepwear company Sophia Graydon, dance costume maker Kelle Cos., sewing contractor Airtex Design Group and Pierrepont Hicks, which makes men’s silk ties, boots and blankets.

Students going through the program will learn to cut patterns, use industrial grade sewing machines and handle materials ranging canada goose outlet new york city from canada goose jacket outlet dainty silks and chiffons to coarse leather and thick canvas.

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Coalition businesses said they are hoping to hire graduates. Others canada goose outlet jackets hope they can develop enough new local talent to lure overseas sewing contracts stateside. manufacturing,” Guarino said. “We need to quickly redress that balance and begin repairing manufacturing for the future.”

Instruction will focus on industry standards, material handling, proper cutting and sewing techniques, equipment and tips of the trade.

In addition to the coursework, students will intern at coalition businesses to gain hands on experience.

Monica Nassif, owner of Sophia Graydon, said she’s looking forward to training an intern in the art of handling fine and exacting fabrics.

Nassif’s eight full and part time workers currently design, cut, pin and sew Canada Goose Online sleepwear samples in Minneapolis.

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Upon graduation, students will receive an industry certificate as a sewing and production specialist. The hope canada goose outlet reviews is that the graduates will be able to find permanent jobs in the garment or sewing industry that cheap canada goose pay $12 to $16 an hour.