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Adult Workforce Development Program

Created by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2011 legislative session, the Adult Workforce Development program was a competitive grant program providing employment and training assistance to various target populations with barriers to employment. See a list of past and current grant recipients and the pilot program report. See more on the Adult Workforce Development Program.

In SFY16, the Adult Workforce Development and FastTRAC programs merged to become Pathways to Prosperity.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

American Indian OIC

The American Indian OIC received direct appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY14 through SFY17. See more about the program.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

Customized Manufacturing Training Program

First authorized during the 2013 legislative session, the Customized Manufacturing Training program provides customized training for skilled manufacturing occupations. Jointly administered by DEED and the Department of Labor and Industry, training and employer coordination is provided by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system partners Alexandria Technical College, Century College, Hennepin Technical College, and Central Lakes College. See more on the Customized Manufacturing Training Program.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

Dislocated Worker Program

The Dislocated Worker Program offers employment and training assistance to workers laid off through no fault of their own. The federal Dislocated Worker program was reauthorized by Congress in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Although the state and federal programs have different governing boards and different funding sources, they operate as a seamless program. See more on the Dislocated Worker Program.

For more information, email Annie Welch.

Displaced Homemaker Program

The Displaced Homemaker Program provides the transitional services and vocational preparation needed to assist displaced homemakers to move into the labor market. A displaced homemaker is defined as a person, either female or male, who worked in the home for a minimum of two years caring for home and family, but because of loss of their main source of financial support due to separation, divorce, desertion, death, or disability of spouse or partner, must now support themselves and their family.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

FastTRAC Program

Minnesota Fast Training, Resources, and Credentialing (FastTRAC) was a career pathways program targeting low-income adults. Participants engaged in basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand by businesses. FastTRAC was a partnership between DEED, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and the Adult Basic Education at Minnesota Department of Education. See more on FastTRAC.

In SFY16, the Adult Workforce Development and FastTRAC programs merged to become Pathways to Prosperity.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

Latino Academy TTOIC

Latino Academy TTOIC received direct appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY14 through SFY17.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

Low-Income Worker Training Program

A program of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP), the Low-Income Worker Training Program helps workers whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines gain new skills necessary to move up to higher-paying jobs and greater economic self-sufficiency. The program provides grants of up to $200,000 to Minnesota public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals. The goal of MJSP is to target short-term training for full-time employment in the growth sectors of the state's economy. See more on the Low-Income Worker Training Program.

For more information, email Jodie Greising.

MDI

MDI received a direct appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY16 through SFY17. See more about the program.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

Northwest Indian OIC

Northwest Indian OIC received direct appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY14 through SFY17. See more about the program.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

Pathways to Prosperity

In SFY16, the Adult Workforce Development and FastTRAC competitive grant programs merged to become Pathways to Prosperity. Pathways to Prosperity grantees focus on assisting low-skill, low-wage adults obtain occupational credentials and find employment. The initiative is supported by local partnerships between workforce development and human services programs, Adult Basic Education, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

RESOURCE, Inc.

RESOURCE, Inc. received a direct appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY16 through SFY17. See more about the program.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

Summit Academy OIC

Summit Academy OIC received direct appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY14 through SFY17. See more about the program.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

Twin Cities RISE!

During the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions, the Legislature provided funding for programs and operating costs at Twin Cities RISE! The organization is an independent nonprofit that offers a comprehensive work skills training program for low-income adults in the Twin Cities metro area. See more about Twin Cities RISE!.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Annie Welch.

WIOA Adult

The federal Title I Adult program, which targets training and employment services to low-income adults, was reauthorized by Congress in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. These federal funds are distributed by formula to each Workforce Development Area. See more about Minnesota's WIOA Plan.

For more about this program, email Nola Speiser.

Women and Nontraditional Jobs Program

During the 2014 legislative session, the Legislature passed the Women’s Economic Security Act which created the Women and High-Wage, High-Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Grant Program. The goals of the grant program are to close the gender pay gap and to encourage women to enter nontraditional fields, such as STEM or construction.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

YWCA of St. Paul

The YWCA of St. Paul received a direct appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature in SFY16 through SFY17. See more about the program.

For more about the direct appropriation, email Nola Speiser.

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