About Us

We’re on a mission to create digital equity in Minnesota.

Mission

Minnesota Tech for Success creates digital equity for students by partnering with schools and educational organizations to provide technology access, engaging STEM programming, and IT workforce development in underserved communities.

Values

Digital Inclusion: We believe that everyone deserves access to technology to thrive in today’s digital world.

Community Connection: We believe in being rooted in our community to give the best help we can to those who need it.

Sustainability: We believe that digital inclusion and environmental sustainability go hand in hand, and work to provide top-tier resources while recycling responsibly.

What We Do

We refurbish and recycle donated computers and redistribute them to schools and students. Our programs give students of all ages the skills and confidence they need to succeed in school and begin a successful career in information technology.

  • Expand Access: Through our computer donation and refurbishing program, we provide no to low-cost computers to students and schools.

  • Educate: Our free CORE: IT courses provide learners with technology certifications and the opportunity to pursue internships, employment, and further education.

  • Protect: As an R2 and NAID certified organization, we have the highest standards with regard to protecting data and the environment, keeping used technology out of the landfill.

HISTORY

Since 1997 we have placed more than 98,000 computers in the state of Minnesota. 

  • 1997
    Founded as a state program under the leadership of Governor Arne Carlson to create a workforce training program for offenders at the Stillwater Correctional Facility and provide affordable technology to schools.
  • 2000

    Legislative funding ended and the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (now MN Technology Association) stepped in by soliciting private donations and developing an earned-income business model to establish financial solvency.

  • 2005

    MCFS became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

  • 2010

    MCFS began its CORE: IT workforce training program teaching youth and young adults at Guadalupe Alternative Program Schools.

  • 2018

    MCFS moved its operations from the Stillwater Correctional Facility to Minneapolis and began its internship and volunteer programs.

  • Present

    Constantly expanding our organization to help as many students as we can.