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Boreal Community Media receives major grant to support student technology interns

Jul 16, 2018 07:26AM ● By Editor
Boreal Community Media Executive Director Lisa Bauer with student interns Noah Works (left) and David Blackburn (right).

From Boreal Community Media - July 16, 2018

The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation has awarded Boreal Community Media a $25,000 grant to support their technology student internship program.

The funds will be utilized for financial compensation for students from Cook County ISD 166 to get real world technology experience to support their interest in pursuing careers in computer science and related fields.

Currently two students are participating in the internship program with Boreal Community Media.  They are assisting the Boreal staff with various technical support activities including helping Boreal customers migrate to a new email system over the next several months.
The new email service provides more reliable and secure service as well as eliminating spam and other unsolicited messages. The students began their internships during the school year providing technical assistance to community members, including regular visits to the Cook County Senior Center.

"These student interns have already been invaluable in helping Boreal improve its technical services to our customers., said Lisa Bauer, Executive Director of Boreal Community Media,
"We are thrilled to be able to utilize this grant from Lloyd J, Johnson to further advance their interest in technology related fields."

Joan Gardner-Goodno, Executive Director of Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation said, "The Board of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation is pleased to award Boreal Community Media with a grant to support their Technology Internship Program. Grant funds will assist students at Cook County High School interested in technology to hone their skills in a real work setting, broaden their resumes for potential future employment and provide opportunities for interns to assist community members with technical needs. This is a great program for Cook County students, for Boreal and for the community and we are happy to support it!"

About the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

Founded in 1975, the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation seeks to enhance educational opportunities and to significantly improve the quality of life in the North Shore communities of Cook, Lake and southern St. Louis County through competitive grant making.


Lloyd K. Johnson, founder of the Foundation was born and raised in Grand Marais Minnesota. Graduating from Cook County High School in 1925, Mr. Johnson went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, Mr. Johnson returned to the Grand Marais area accepting the position of Cook County Attorney. During this time, Mr. Johnson also began a successful real estate business with his uncle. Mr. Johnson then moved to Duluth Minnesota and with a partner began a law firm as well as a number of other businesses including the well-known and highly successful Superwood Corporation. 

In 1975, Mr. Johnson and his first wife Marion began the Lloyd K. and Marion Johnson Foundation awarding small grants primarily in Cook County as well as the Duluth area. Following Marion’s death in 1992, the Foundation’s name was changed to the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and annually provided funding to a number of projects in the Cook County and Duluth area. With Mr. Johnson’s passing in March of 2006, the Board of Directors of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation made the decision to hire its first Executive Director and to develop the Foundation’s grant making capacity towards significantly improving the quality of life for those living on the North Shore of Minnesota in the communities of Cook, Lake and southern St. Louis County.

Mr. Johnson loved the North Shore area, particularly Cook County where he was born and raised, and is remembered by those who knew him as a loyal friend, a man of great intellect, exceptional analytical skills, a good steward of his resources and a man of vision.

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