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DEED Partners with Southeast Technical College to Develop Northern Engraving Employees

227 employees, including 80 new hires, will receive comprehensive technical and Lean training program

February 06, 2014

Contact: Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $235,000 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical to train more than 200 employees of Northern Engraving in Spring Grove.

“The customized training provided by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program creates an opportunity for workers to advance their careers and allows Northern Engraving to expand their Spring Grove operations,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.

Northern Engraving, founded in 1908, is a leading supplier of nameplates and decorative trim to a variety of markets. The company has five U.S. production facilities and is headquartered in Sparta, Wis.

MSC-ST will work with Northern Engraving to develop a comprehensive technical and Lean training program for 227 employees, including 80 new hires. New production workers will be trained to use plant-specific job aids before they begin work on the factory floor. Some employees will receive Operational Leadership training, and about 25 employees will participate in 20 hours of Microsoft 2013. All courses will result in hour-based certification.

For more information on the grant, contact, Calli Ekblad, Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical, 651-385-6320 or email .

The MJSP works strategically with both businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. A total of $8.4 million in funding was proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and allocated from the 2013 legislative session for the program. Since the program’s inception in 1983 the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded $131,837,515 and trained 261,192 workers.

The program awarded more than $5 million to train 6,549 workers from 33 businesses in Minnesota for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Officials estimate the program will attract an additional $13 million from participating businesses and educational institutions.

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 our services, visit us at . Follow us on Twitter at .


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