Waconia's Rodney Golden

A Waconia businessman teaches employment skills.

When Rodney Golden, owner of Golden Technologies, started having problems finding reliable employees for his small business, he launched a program to teach potential employees both the technical and social skills that he was looking for in a model employee. Golden’s Apprentice Track pairs local businesses with students looking for real-world experience. As the students help with projects from local businesses, they also learn how to conduct themselves professionally, and get the chance to build their personal network by meeting with local business people. —Liz Potasek