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Medtronic launches resource group 'MeLatino'

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Medtronic is one of this area's largest employers, with their spine division headquarters located in South Memphis. Just this week, their newly formed employee resource group called MeLatino met for the first time.

The group's goal is to promote its brand in the community as a whole, with a specific focus on Memphis's fast growing Latino community.   Everyone is welcome, and the group already has about 40 members.

"The idea is to promote cultural awareness with Medtronic but it's also about the growth of the Latino community," said German Candia, Design Quality Engineer with Medtronic.

The Medtronic campus in South Memphis handles everything related to the launch and sustainability of new products for its spinal division. It's a high tech field that they hope will appeal to the fast growing Hispanic community in Memphis, which right now makes up about 6 percent of the population.

"It's exciting on many different levels because it creates awareness among their employees, "said Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director of Latino Memphis.

Medtronic is working with Latino Memphis whose programs connect Latinos with resources to help them become active members of the community. "We need to bring up that part of the population, and provide them with education, and tell them about the opportunities with college and work," said Candia.

A big focus of the program is to mentor young Latinos and tell them about future opportunities at Medtronic if they work hard and study while they're young. It's a smart move says Latino Memphis.

"We need to be looking at who the workforce is going to be and that's smart," said Calvo.

But their main goal is simply awareness as a whole of one of the fastest growing minority groups, not only in Memphis but across the country.

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