Taylor Corporation’s involvement in education stretches to our earliest days, when founder Glen A. Taylor joined a local printing company to augment his earnings as a classroom teacher. In the six decades since then, Taylor Corporation has grown to be a global company, operating 20 locations and employing more than 4,500 in the state of Minnesota alone. The company and the Glen A. Taylor Foundation today support a myriad of educational programs including:
MSU Bold Futures, a week-long residential summer camp to build awareness of business and career opportunities in STEM for young women in southern Minnesota who are entering grades 10-12. Up to 50 campers receive a full scholarship covering all camp fees.
Taylor established a Brand Marketing Center at a new, experiential learning lab run by Junior Achievement in St. Paul called JA BizTown. There students learn what it takes to run a successful business and work as a team. Youngsters working at the Taylor center publish websites and create direct marketing postcards for other BizTown businesses.
East of Taylor is a partnership between Taylor Corporation and East High School that funds field trips, provides homework help services and engages Taylor employees as mentors. Homework help includes everything from rental space and teachers’ salaries to dinner and childcare for younger siblings so that older brothers and sisters can concentrate on their studies.
Recognizing that early parent involvement is a key indicator for success for any child entering school, Taylor supports the Mankato Public Schools’ Ready! for Kindergarten. Two-hour classes are held each fall, winter and spring to teach parents how their children learn at each age level.
Taylor is one of five diamond sponsors of Educare Foundation, which funds activities and programs at Mankato Area Public Schools that are not covered by the normal operating budget, and is the primary sponsor of summer reading programs for the North Mankato Taylor Library and Blue Earth County Library.
Taylor also partners with Minnesota State University and Mankato’s College of Business.