Contact: Madeline Koch, 651-398-9459
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded $1,475,000 to 17 adult career pathways projects in the state under the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative to help train and place 1,000 workers statewide.
Minnesota FastTRAC’s approach integrates basic skills and career training in high-demand fields, meeting business needs and ensuring that students find jobs with a pathway to future employment. The collaborative effort seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by helping low-skill and low-income adults succeed in the workplace.
“Minnesota FastTRAC is an innovative program that teaches the skills needed for careers in demand,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “This program is putting Minnesotans back to work and helping businesses fill jobs in growing fields like health care and manufacturing.”
Minnesota FastTRAC is a partnership including the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Education – Adult Basic Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Minnesota FastTRAC partners form a professional learning community, building the capacity of educators and workforce development providers across the state to align service and deliver effective programming for high barrier populations.
Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway Grant Awards
Emerge/ Manufacturing, $142,460
Central Minnesota Jobs & Training/Health Care and Manufacturing, $123,534
Rural MN CEP/ Construction Trades, $123,468
Hmong American Partnership /Horticulture, $118,719
SOAR Career Solutions/Health Care, $110,955
Project for Pride in Living/Human Services, $99,724
MN Valley Action Council/Manufacturing and Health Care, $75,980
Workforce Development, Inc. /Health Care, $75,220
Anoka County Job Training Center/Health Care, $69,332
Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council/Manufacturing, $62,014
HIRED/Health Care, $56,985
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota / Health Care, $49,817
Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity/Health Care, $47,488
WSA 16 Washington County Workforce Center/Office Administration, $47,488
Check out a video featuring interviews with adult learners and service providers involved with Minnesota FastTRAC training. Be sure to “like” the video on YouTube.
The Minnesota FastTRAC partnership includes the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System; Minnesota Department of Education; Minnesota Department of Corrections; DEED; Minnesota Department of Human Services; local employers, workforce development agencies, human services and community-based organizations; Minnesota Office of Higher Education; Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry; and the Governor’s Workforce Development Council.
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