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DEED Awards $1.5 Million for Dislocated Worker Program Services

370 workers will receive career training and other services

May 23, 2014

Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236

– The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded five grants totaling $1.5 million to provide re-employment services for Minnesotans who lost their jobs.

The funding from DEED’s Dislocated Worker Program will provide services for nearly 370 workers who were laid off at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Archiver’s, Target Corp., Ottobock and Thomson Reuters.

Services will range from job search workshops to intensive employment counseling, financial assistance and career training, depending on needs in the labor market and the goals of participants.

“The Dislocated Worker Program is designed to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible after losing a job due to no fault of their own,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Workers will emerge from the program with new skills that will make them more marketable at a time when employers are looking for high-skilled, high-wage workers.”

Below is a breakdown of the latest round of funding and the service providers:

Pioneer Press, $200,000: The Employment Action Center will provide services to 50 press operators, mailers and mailroom extras who were laid off when the Pioneer Press decided to close its press operations, shifting that work to the Minneapolis Star Tribune printing plant.

Archiver’s, $200,000: The Teamsters Services Bureau will provide services for 50 employees who were laid off when the Golden Valley-based scrapbook supply retailer announced it was going out of business.

Target Corp., $400,000: The Teamsters Services Bureau will provide services for 100 analysts, managers and producers who were laid off by the Minneapolis-based retailer.

Ottobock, $480,000: The Teamsters Services Bureau will provide services for 120 customer service representatives, buyer/planners, directors, fabrication technicians, shipper/receivers and technical service technicians who were laid off when the German prosthetics manufacturer closed its Minnesota operations.

Thomson Reuters, $200,000: Career Management Services will provide services to 50 analysts, administrators, software engineers and managers who were laid off by the Eagan-based financial data and news company.

More details about the Dislocated Worker Program are available here.

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