The following organizations are participants in Northfield’s Youth First Initiative.

Read on to find out more about how they engage local youth through internships, mentoring services, job shadowing activities, or other career exploration opportunities.

Kudos to our Community and Employer Partners!


multek-hayesSince 1955, Sheldahl Flexible Technologies, Inc. has been an industry leaders in thin film deposition on flexible materials, adhesive formulation and coating, lamination, printed electronics and flexible printed circuit manufacturing.

Sheldahl’s youth outreach efforts: 

  • Semester-long Robotics class at NHS
  • Sophomore Career Day at NHS
  • Career Exploration Day at NMS
  • CTE Booster Club – employers and CTE teachers
  • Corporate member of Northfield Promise Council of Champions
  • Plant tours for Introduction to Engineering students from NHS
  • Provided signs, equipment, tools, etc.  for Troop 337 Eagle Scout projects
  • Flextronics Foundation grant awarded in 2013 on behalf of Multek to the Faribault Public Schools for their summer STEAM program
  • Former sponsor of Science Olympiad

Send an email to connect with Charlie Hayes, Director of Operations.


force-logomultek-stenzFORCE America is one of the leading suppliers of motion and control systems in North America. For nearly 60 years, FORCE America has provided systems and components to the on and off highway mobile markets.

FORCE America began employee ownership in 1976. The ownership mentality has driven our skilled workforce ever since. Our dedication to customer service is unparalleled in our industry. With a steadfast focus on the customer, we’ve developed innovative products and established deep partnerships with suppliers to fuel FORCE America’s growth.

FORCE America’s youth outreach efforts:

  • Sophomore Career Day at NHS
  • Career Exploration Day at NMS
  • CTE Booster Club NHS – Employers and CTE teachers
  • Corporate member of Northfield Promise Career and College Readiness and Action Team
  • Corporate sponsor of NFPA Fluid Power Challenge for 8th graders – U of M St. Paul and Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Manufacturing Tour Days at Alexandria Technical and Community College  – student tours through FORCE America’s Valve Manufacturing Facility in Alexandria, MN.
  • Student tours of FORCE America Burnsville Corporate Headquarters

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The Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post 3300 is an organization dedicated to providing young adults with training and information about the public safety career fields of Emergency Medical Service, Law Enforcement & Fire Fighting. We provide a unique opportunity in exploring and are the first post in the state to combine all three emergency service disciplines into one place. Thank you to our partners: Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Northfield Police Department, Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Northfield Schools. To learn more about how to get involved in Explorers, click here.