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DEED Partners with MnSCU and TRW to Train 400 Workers

DEED awarded $300,000 from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program

May 28, 2014

Madeline Koch,  651-259-7236

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $300,000 grant to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical to train 410 e mployees of TRW Automotive in Winona.   

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 $624,000 from TRW.  

“The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership has a proven track record of providing employees with the skills they need to be successful,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “In partnering with Southeast Technical College, the current and future workforce at TRW Automotive will receive customized training to aid future business growth.”  

The grant will support training to upgrade the skills of the current workforce and prepare new workers for the production floor. The curriculum includes Industrial Technology, Electronics Technology, Printed Circuit Board Processing, Inspection Techniques, Soldering, Surface Mount Technology, Quality, Auto Lean Manufacturing and Supervisory. New employee orientation will also be developed. Employees will be able to earn credit-based degrees, diplomas, and hourly-based certificates from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical. New courses will enhance Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical’s curriculum, and the school will market the training to the auto industry and potential students.

TRW Automotive, with three facilities in Minnesota, is a leader in steering, braking, electronic and safety systems and producer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls and integrated electronic control panels. TRW-Winona is the lead candidate in the award of major contracts by the top three U.S. vehicle manufacturers, and the training anticipates future production demands. The company employs about 250 employees and plans to hire 150 new workers over the next two years.  

For more information on the grant, contact Calli Ekblad, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical,  

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