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DEED Awards Training Grant to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical

More than 270 Benedictine Health System employees to receive training

May 20, 2014

Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $270,257 grant to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical to train 277 employees of Benedictine Health System, headquartered in Duluth.  

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 $690,000 from Benedictine Health System.  

“Since its inception, the MJSP program has assisted in training over 265,000 Minnesota workers,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.  “As a result of this grant, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will gain new courses and will introduce a certification program to meet the needs of long-term care businesses.”  

Benedictine Healthcare System, one of the largest senior care organizations in the U.S., employs about 4,900 individuals at 28 facilities in Minnesota. MJSP funding will support a partnership to develop a new training program for Certified Care Partner, an emerging occupation. Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will work with subject-matter experts to develop a three-level training program. Training will improve the skills of Benedictine Health System employees who will be eligible for higher wages and more employment opportunities.  

For more information on the grant, contact Calli Ekblad, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, 6 51-385-6320.  

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