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DEED Awards more the $1.3 Million in MJSP Grants

The grants will help train more than one thousand workers for high skill jobs


April 29, 2020

St. Paul –The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded nine workforce development grants totaling nearly $1.3 million under the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) to assist businesses and educational institutions in training workers to keep high-quality jobs in the state. These grants were awarded in early March 2020, prior to impact from the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota.

“The MJSP is a vital tool in helping Minnesotans train for high-skill, high-paying jobs, particularly as Minnesota’s economy will begin to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 over the coming months,” said Commissioner of DEED, Steve Grove. “Training workers to meet the needs of Minnesota has never been more important.”

Businesses and educational institutions work together to secure MJSP funding for training their Minnesota workers. First, businesses meet with an accredited educational institution to explain their training needs and learn about their options. Then, after the two groups have agreed upon how to meet the business’s training needs, the educational institution contacts DEED to determine eligibility for a grant. While some training programs have been put on hold during the pandemic, training will resume as soon as public health and other officials determine it is safe.

Since 2011, MJSP has awarded $69.1 million to train more than 80,725 workers and has leveraged $142 million in private funding. The next application deadline is May 4th and grants will be awarded at the June 15th MJSP meeting

The following grants were awarded in March 2020:

Alexandria Technical & Community College, Aagard Group - $49,915

Alexandria Technical & Community College is partnering with Aagard to train 104 employees. The training will focus on building critical leadership skills and enhance the skill sets at all levels of the organization to meet their customers’ growing needs.

Contact: Greg Sandeno, Alexandria Technical & Community College, 320-762-4553

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Kurt Manufacturing/Kurt Machining – $49,160

Kurt Manufacturing expects the training to improve its machine operations, material costs containment and front office operations. The 45 employees receiving the training are expected to perform their jobs in a more efficient manner and advance into higher level positions.

Contact: Jon Olson, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1201

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Metro Mold & Design - $300,000

Anoka Ramsey Community College will deliver leadership, technical skills, quality improvement, and organizational development training to all 232 Metro Mold & Design employees. The training will address an immediate need to change the way MMD does business and improve its global competitiveness.

Contact: Matthew Salo, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-422-6116

HIRED, Cerenity Senior Care – Humboldt - $176,099

Cerenity is partnering with HIRED and Dakota County Technical College to prepare 40 low-income individuals for Certified Nursing Assistant positions. Graduates from the program will also be eligible for one of the employer’s licensed practical nurse and registered nurse programs.

Contact: Julie Brekke, HIRED, 612-808-9456

MN State University, Mankato, Jones Metal - $172,026

MSU and Jones Metal are partnering to deliver training to all 95 Jones Metal employees. This training will increase their knowledge and skills and Jones Metal will increase their capacity to meet customer demand and grow the business.

Contact: Tammy Bohlke, MN State University, Mankato, 507-389-2572

MN State Community & Technical College, KLN Family Brands - $24,941

KLN will partner with Minnesota State Community and Technical College to provide 20 employees with customized StrengthsFinder-based training. The training will enhance their leadership skills and increase engagement and retention.

Contact: Amy Hochgraber, MN State Community & Technical college, 218-846-3766

MN State College Southeast, Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Wing - $158,763

This training will be developed to address concerns of employee stress, burnout and well-being within MCHS. Three Hundred MCHS employees will go through the curriculum and the impact of the training will be measured with pre/post program assessment data.

Contact: Calli Ekblad, MN State College Southeast, 651-385-6320

MN State University, Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System - Southwest Region - $384,863

MSU and the Mayo Clinic Health System will use this training to address the shortage of surgical nurses in the state. The training will involve 250 employees using the Nurse Experiential Surgical Training (NEST) program.

Contact: Thomas Norman, MN State University, Mankato, 952-818-8868

South Central College, Nelson Numeric – $49,949

Nelson Numeric is partnering with South Central College to develop and deliver training for 47 Machinists and Quality inspectors focusing on three areas: Foundations of Machining, Introduction to Machining Levels C-A and Standards for Quality Improvement.

Contact: Tanja Stading, South Central College, 507-389-7392


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