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DEED Awards Training Grant for 290 Employees at BTD Manufacturing

Employees will receive robotics welding training at DCTC

May 19, 2014

Contact: Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $300,000 grant to Dakota County Technical College to train 290 employees of BTD Manufacturing, headquartered in Detroit Lakes.  

The grant was awarded under the agency’s Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program. The program works strategically with both businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. In this grant, the program leverages more than $608,000 from BTD Manufacturing.

“The new robotic welding curriculum, supported by this grant, will enhance Dakota County Technical College’s capacity to extend training to other interested manufacturers and individuals,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “In addition, DCTC will use this project as leverage to attract young women to manufacturing through their Teens Experiencing Technical Education program.”  

More than $135 million has been awarded to educational institutions to train 265,487 Minnesota workers, since the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program began in 1983.

BTD Manufacturing provides a range of contract and custom metal works manufacturing for some of the world’s top brands, including 3M, Arctic Cat and Cummins. MJSP funding will support a partnership to customize curriculum for employees at their Detroit Lakes and Lakeville locations. Training will include robotic welding, tool making, electrical systems, computer training, management and leadership, fabrication, mechanical systems, hydraulic training, OSHA safety training and continuous improvement. It is anticipated the onsite training will improve the technical skills of the workforce and help BTD meet increased productivity goals.

For more information on the grant, contact Larry Lewis, Business and Management Coordinator, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8276.

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