polaris, lakes center

Polaris Industries of Wyoming, MN, opened their doors for an exclusive tour, technician career shadow, and product experience opportunity for local youth mechanics. The teens are a part of a workforce readiness program called Tried and True Small Engines by Lakes Center for Youth & Families in Forest Lake, MN.

The small engines program began in 2016 in Wyoming, MN. The program invites teenagers to participate in a 72 hour training session where they learn to diagnose, repair, and sell small engines such as lawn mowers and snow blowers with a professional mechanic and adult volunteers. The program is funded by grants and also supported by local businesses like Polaris Industries.

“We have a large number of mechanics and technicians here at Polaris.  We are continually looking for new people with a strong mechanical aptitude and a passion for power sports to join our team,” Brian Zengler, Polaris ORV Development Manager.

 “There are still plenty of kids out there who want to learn this stuff. They enjoy working with their hands, and there are avenues for successful careers,” Jenna Jones, Tried and True Program Manager says. “With the help of the community, like Polaris, we are helping to make these career paths more visible for the teens who are interested.”

For more information about Tried and True Small Engines, visit their website at www.sites.google.com/view/triedandtrue. Or call Jenna with LC4YF at 651-464-3685.