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DEED Announces Pathways to Prosperity Grantees

Programs focus on serving Minnesotans who have multiple barriers to employment

 

January 12, 2022



Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced $13.5 million in Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) grantee funds, which will be released through three programs focusing on providing clear career pathways to Minnesotans who face systemic barriers to employment.

The three programs, On-Ramp to Career Pathways, Bridge to Career Pathways, and a P2P Individualized Training Program were created in response to needs identified by communities across Minnesota. In response to those needs, the three programs are a more holistic approach on how to structure the P2P program. Each program focuses on a participant’s career pathway and allows for providers to deliver clear paths to a career, no matter which level of educational attainment the participant currently holds. The three programs s emphasize educational attainment, coupled with navigation services and barrier removal, to increase mobility, employability and skills leading to higher wages.

• On-Ramp to Career Pathways will reach Minnesotans interested in earning a certificate and/or improving their employment skills. Grant recipients must partner with an active Adult Basic Education provider to ensure certified training curriculum will provide the measurable skills for people to gain relevant to support the Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) plan.

• Career Pathways Bridge will reach Minnesotans seeking to improve skills or obtain new skills to earn an industry recognized credential in line with the LWDA plan. Grant recipients must partner with an active employer and an Adult Basic Education provider or have a strong connection with one. The level of employer participation will determine the prioritization of funding.

• Pathways to Prosperity Individualized Training Program (P2P ITP) will reach Minnesotans seeking training in four targeted specific industry sectors: Healthcare, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, and Advanced Manufacturing (or another high growth, in-demand sector earning a median wage of $15 per hour and is specific to the local service area). Grant recipients must partner with at least one post-secondary institution or union apprenticeship program as well as an active employer to support the industry-specific trainings for the participants.

“Pathways to Prosperity is such an important grant program for our state, and I’m thrilled with the extraordinary collection of organizations receiving awards today,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “It's the job of government to invest in people who face the biggest barriers to employment. These dollars are critical to expanding opportunity for Minnesotans and growing our economy.”

“With all our partners, we are investing in Minnesota workers, to meet their needs, through expanded and innovative programming and supportive services,” said DEED Deputy Commissioner Hamse Warfa. “With the state’s investment in these new programs, we can build an inclusive recovery that works for all Minnesotans.”

Grantees include:

Pathways to Prosperity: On Ramp to Career Pathways

• American Indian OIC

• Minnesota Valley Action Council

• Lutheran Social Services

• Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.

• Saint Paul Public Schools

• Karen Organization of Minnesota

• City of Duluth

• CLUES

• Washington County Community Services

• Workforce Development, Inc.

• East Side Neighborhood Services

Pathways to Prosperity: Bridge to Career Pathways Grantees

• American Indian OIC

• Southwest Minnesota PIC

• Karen Organization of Minnesota

• International Institute of Minnesota

• Northfield Health Community Initiative

• City of Minneapolis

• Jewish Family and Community Services

• Minnesota Computers for Schools

• Lutheran Social Services

• Project for Pride in Living

• City of Duluth

• CAPI USA

• Hired

• Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education

• City of Duluth

• Saint Paul Public Schools

• White Earth Tribal and Community College

• YWCA Minneapolis

• Roseville Adult Learning Center

• Anoka County Job Training Center

• Goodwill Easter Seals of Minnesota

• EMERGE Community Development

• HIRED

• Workforce Development, Inc.

• YWCA Saint Paul

• East Side Neighborhood Services

• Avivo

• Career Solutions

• Twin Cities R!SE

Pathways to Prosperity: Individualized Training Pathways Grantees

• City of Duluth

• Project for Pride in Living

• White Earth Tribal and Community College

• Minnesota Valley Action Council

• Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.

• Hiawatha Valley Adult Education

DEED will work with all of its partners to invest in Minnesota workers, meet their needs, and provide innovative programing and supportive services. Learn more about the Pathways to Prosperity Programs.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website, the JoinUsMn.com website, or follow us on Twitter.

 

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