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First-time grants will help connect new Americans with long-term care careers

Minnesota is taking an innovative approach to support new Americans to develop careers in the long-term care workforce.

The state will offer grants to organizations to support new Americans to get and keep jobs and grow careers in long-term care. Applications for the first round of grants are open as of today (March 19).

With a workforce shortage impacting care providers across Minnesota, the grants will simplify the path to long-term care careers for people born outside the U.S. regardless of their immigration status.

“These grants bring together a great opportunity with a tremendous human resource,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “We’re grateful the Legislature and Governor Walz created this tool to help new Americans while addressing one of our major workforce challenges.”

Grants will go to organizations that can connect new Americans with employment, help them navigate language and cultural barriers, and provide supportive services like training and licensing. Funds will also support career enhancement and growth, including services like transportation and child care supports.

The first round of grant applications will be open until May 6. The Minnesota Department of Human Services will announce the grant awards later this year.

 

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