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DEED Announces Grants to Help Internationally Trained Professionals Become Certified in Minnesota

Funding will assist New Americans in earning health care licensure


St. Paul – Today the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the grant recipients of the Internationally Trained Professionals Competitive Grant Program to help fill in-demand health care positions. This program helps internationally trained health care workers earn the professional licenses required to do similar work in Minnesota – which will lead to more qualified health care workers available for this critical sector of the workforce.

Health care is the largest industry in our state – as of the fourth quarter of 2021, there were more than 52,000 Health Care & Social Assistance job vacancies in Minnesota, accounting for about one in every four vacancies in the state. This is the largest number of vacancies ever reported, surpassing the peak set in the second quarter of 2021, and by that measure, demand for health care workers has never been higher in the state.

The program is granting up to $400,000 over two years to seven organizations to assist internationally trained health care professionals in gaining licensure. Eligible organizations include state or local government units including two or four-year post-secondary institutions, nonprofit/community-based organizations, community action agencies, or labor organizations physically located in Minnesota and with experience serving immigrant and refugee populations.

Immigrants and refugees are critical to Minnesota's economy. Our state is home to more than 470,000 foreign-born residents. Over the past ten years, we've welcomed nearly 105,000 new immigrants and refugees. Foreign-born workers now account for over 10% of the total available labor force in Minnesota, up from 8% just one decade earlier. Just over 50% of our recent labor force growth has been driven by immigrants.

"During a time of low unemployment, historic job vacancy rates, and an enormous demand for health care workers, we need to empower every available skilled health care worker in the state," said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. "This grant program helps organizations prepare internationally trained health care workers for licensure so we can bring those greatly needed workers into health care employment across Minnesota."

Grant recipients include:

• Central Minnesota Jobs and Training, $119,185

• CAPI, $339,175

• International Institute of Minnesota, $400,000

• Hired, $254,245

• Workforce Development, Inc., $200,000

• Somali Medical Association of America, $293,698

• Global Fatherhood Foundation, $293,697

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 website, or follow us on Twitter.


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