Star Tribune profiles two HTC graduate

Brooklyn Park, October 30, 2020 – A mother and daughter teamed up to help each other graduate from Hennepin Technical College (HTC).

Kadejah Young never imagined that she would learn to repair diesel engines with her mom, Kira Young, by her side.

"It was intense, but worth it," Kadejah said. "Even though I've graduated, this is a constant learning process."

Kira, an Army veteran, had previously worked as a bus driver for Metro Transit. She says Kadejah encouraged her to enter the Metro Transit Technician Program.

At HTC, students learn medium-heavy truck repair and earn an associate degree. While attending college, they work full-time in paid internships at Metro Transit.

Despite the challenges from COVID-19, Kadejah, Kira, and all 11 of their classmates graduated and all have been hired by Metro Transit. Read more about their inspiring story in The Star Tribune.