Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236
ST. PAUL –
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded a $260,096 grant to Dakota County Technical College to train 165 employees of Intek Plastics in Hastings.
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 nearly $652,000 from Intek.
“More than $135 million has been awarded to educational institutions to train over 260,000 Minnesota workers since the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership began in 1983,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “This important investment in training our workforce has increased the long-term success of participating businesses and provides new career opportunities and a higher quality of life for our workers.”
Intek Plastics is a custom plastic extrusion company that provides high quality, precisely engineered products specific to customer needs. Intek Plastics has 153 employees and plans to hire ten to 20 new associates over the next three years.
Dakota County Technical College and Intek will develop new and customized entry- and advanced level training to be held at the worksite. Courses will include Extrusion Operations, Plastics and Electrical Troubleshooting, Engineering for Tool and Die, OSHA Industrial Safety, Managing for Sustainability and Culture Change. Newly trained e mployees will be eligible for higher-level positions as they become available due to retirements and company expansion. In addition, Dakota County Technical College will be able to spread around plastics education to other campuses and manufacturing sectors.
For more information on the grant, contact Kathy Carlson, Business & Management Coordinator, DCTC, 651-423-8549.
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