Funded Projects and Grant Management

Here you'll find detailed information about training projects that have received funding through the Minnesota Job Skills partnership program.

Educational institutions and training services providers will also find information for managing grants, completing required reports and handling audits.

Info for Grantees

Here educational institutions and other grantees will find report forms and program guides that include instructions for managing a grant and for completing the required report forms.

Partnership, Pathways, Health Care and Human Services Program

  • Guide to Program Operations 
    Instructions for managing a grant and for completing the required report forms.
  • Curriculum Report 
    This report is to be submitted by the grantee at the end of the first or second trimester. It provides information on the training topics and goals.
  • Financial Report and Request for Payment 
    This report is to be submitted by the grantee at the end of each trimester. The costs reflected on the Financial Report are cumulative line-item costs for the project year-to-date. The Request for Payment reflects cumulative and trimester cost data.
  • Narrative Report 
    This report is to be submitted by the grantee at the end of each trimester. It provides information on how the project is progressing. A short paragraph for each section is usually sufficient.
  • Project Trainee Report 
    This report is to be submitted by the grantee at the end of each trimester. It provides information on the trainee population.

Low-Income Worker Training Program

Info for Businesses

Here you'll find all the reports forms that businesses are required to submit as a part of their training grants. Select from the links below to view, download and print the forms.

  • Contributing Business Handbook
    Provides information on program administration and instructions for completing report forms.
  • Contributing Business Program Evaluation Report
    This report is to be submitted by the contributing business at the end of the project. This report gives each contributing business the opportunity to comment about the project.
  • Contributing Business Status Report
    This report is to be submitted by the contributing business at the end of every other trimester. It gives each contributing business the opportunity to comment on the progress of the project.
  • Receipt Voucher for In-Kind Contributions 
    This form must be completed by the contributing business and submitted to the educational institution. While there is no specific due-date, it is advised that vouchers be filled out monthly. The form documents the in-kind match given by the contributing business(es) to the project.

Funded Projects

The list below contains information about the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program projects funded at the MJSP Board meeting on that specific date.

Details include the grantee names, participating businesses, award amounts, and a brief description of the planned training program. Select a link to view, download or print the reports.

Reports for other project years are available upon request.

  • June 9, 2014

    MJSP Funded Projects - June 9, 2014

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State University, Mankato

    Firmenich

    $49,697

    Short Form

    Swiss and family-owned Firmenich is the largest privately-owned company in the perfume and flavor business with over 6,000 employees in 64 countries.  One of 26 manufacturing sites is in New Ulm where 93 employees produce a variety of industrial food products, savory and sweet flavors, blends, spray dries, and reactions (processes).  Minnesota State University Mankato (MSU, M) will work with Firminich to develop and deliver training for all 93 current employees.  Six Sigma Green Belt Office and Manufacturing will train cross functional teams in key tools of Six Sigma as they link to strategic goals, key performance measures and deployment of new plant systems and technologies.   All teams will work on selected applied projects within the plant for measurable variation reducing targets for quality, cost, flexibility and lead time outcomes.  Leadership Skills training will support the changing range of work activities and skills with topics ranging from what it means to lead, moving from peer to lead, and core characteristics of leadership and employee management techniques.  This will be the first full plant Green Belt Six Sigma implementation for Firmenich worldwide and allow the Minnesota plant to be recognized for its leadership companywide.  Minnesota State University, Mankato will expand their content in Six Sigma and Leadership for open enrollment offerings through the Continuing Education and Professional Development Department.

    Contact:  Jan Bauer, MN State University, Mankato, 507-389-1094

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Alexandria Technical & Community College

    Innova Industries

    $49,754

    Short Form

    Innova Industries is a privately owned father and son business that has been operating for the past 17 years in Fergus Falls.  With a current workforce of 66 employees, they offer laser cutting, fabrication, welding, finishing and assembly for customers that include Case New Holland and Bobcat.  A recent expansion added 13 additional welding bays and more space for value added services.  Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) will work with Innova to develop a training that will help to create the skill sets needed for Innova’s continued success.  Courses include:  Leadership Techniques and Accountability; Corrective Action, Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving; Quick Response Manufacturing and Lean; Scheduling and Inventory Control Methods; Welding and Certification; Print Reading for Welders and Fabricators; and Metrology Basics for Industry.  A Train the Trainer component will develop in-house trainers for future workforce training needs.   MST Consulting will assist with the welding courses that will utilize a state of the art welding simulator (purchased for use in this training).  The simulator will remain with the College for use in classroom and off-site training as well as career fairs and high school visits to promote interest in welding field careers. 

    Contact:  Randy Wentzel, Alexandria Technical & Community College, 320-762-4552

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Century College

    Modernistic

    $49,974

    Short Form

    Modernistic is on its third generation of family ownership and a leading supplier of point of purchase (POP) signage and displays.  Located in Stillwater, 125 employees create and distribute products across to U.S.  Century College will work with the company to develop needed training for 82 employees (including 5 new hires).  Nazdar Consulting will deliver G7 Certification and Spectrophotometrology training (a Spectrophotometer will be purchased).  Century College will customize and deliver the remaining courses:  Solidworks, Consultative Selling, Planogram, and Fulfillment/Inventory Management.  Training will provide employees with the skills and abilities to respond and adapt to changing markets, exceed customer’s demands, and continue growing the business.  Modernistic will provide internships and part-time jobs to Visual Communications Technology students from Century College so that they can learn how to operate the latest, high-tech equipment.

    Contact:  Jeralyn Jargo, Century College, 651-779-3235

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Century College

    Advanced Molding Technologies

    $49,446

    Short Form

    Advanced Molding Technologies (AMT) is a privately held injection molding company located in Circle Pines.  With over 25 years in business, the company has grown its workforce to 149 current employees and is in the process of adding a 36,000 square foot facility adjacent to its existing plant.  With MJSP funding, AMT and Century College will collaboratively develop customized training that will address skills gaps for 100 employees.  Training will ensure employees have the essential knowledge and ability to assemble products and operate sophisticated equipment in a highly regulated industry.  Training will occur at AMT facilities and include the following core areas:  Manufacturing Fundamentals, Injection Molding Procedures, Clean Room Procedures, and cGMP (current good manufacturing processes).  Training will provide employees with the opportunity to advance from Operator to Lead Operator, Line Lead, Shift Lead and Shift Supervisor.  Century College instructors will gain valuable experience working with high-tech plastic injection molding equipment and clean room procedures.  In addition, students from Century’s Engineering and Fab Lab programs will be invited to tour AMT’s facilities and apply for internships and part-time or summer employment. 

    Contact:  Jeralyn Jargo, Century College, 651-779-3235

     



    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Saint Paul College

    Gopher Resource

    $49,958

    Short Form

    Gopher Resource Corporation is one of the few companies left in the nation that does advanced recycling of lead-acid batteries, lead bearing wastes and related products.  As the products are recycled, the lead and plastic is sold back to automotive, industrial battery and ammunition manufacturers.  Gopher Resource Corporation consists of three companies:  Gopher Resource corporate offices and company, and Resource Plastics which are both located in Eagan; and EnviroFocus Technologies, a smaller lead recycling facility in Tampa, FL.  With over 600 employees, 277 work in Minnesota.  Saint Paul College will work with Gopher Resource subject matter experts to develop training for 62 employees.  New and customized courses include:  Maintenance Curriculum Validations and Upgrades, Training Within Industry (TWI) Training for Maintenance Trainers, New Hire Maintenance Training and TPM Operator Training for the Raw Material Processing Center.  Training will have a significant impact on maintaining the production equipment and improve the skills of the production and maintenance staff at Gopher.  Saint Paul College will expand its offerings in practitioner-based maintenance processes and systems.

    Contact:  Paul Dalton, Saint Paul College, 651-846-1429

     



    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Lake Superior College

    HydroSolutions

    $22,112

    Short Form

    HydroSolutions of Duluth is a small, locally owned and operated manufacturing company that specializes in water jet cutting techniques.  As a contract manufacturing company, they work with customers from a variety of industries – from concept to prototyping to final product.  In the last two years, HydroSolutions has expanded their business into new industry sectors and added more staff.  With 12 current employees, they are challenged in their ability to implement new manufacturing processes and improve productivity while continuing to design and produce products for their customers.  A partnership between Lake Superior College and HydroSolutions will develop and implement a process improvement training program that will help employees work more efficiently and grow the business.   All 12 employees will participate in a 104-hour Lean Manufacturing training program that includes:  Introduction to Lean Concepts, Value Stream Mapping, A3 Problem Solving, and 5S Workplace Organization.  The Lean training will also help the company effectively implement their newly purchased customer relations management system.  Lake Superior will use the training as a model for implementing Lean in other small companies

    Contact:  Steve Wagner, Lake Superior College, 218-733-5934

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN West Community & Technical College

    Polar Tank Trailers

    $255,984

    Partnership

    Polar Tank Trailer is one of the largest manufacturers of custom tank trailers in the United States.  With two plants, located in Holdingford and Opole, they employ approximately 600 union employees. 
    Polar Tank Trailer will partner with MN West Community and Technical College (MN West CTC) and St. Cloud State University (SCSU) to develop and deliver curriculum that will be delivered to 545 direct manufacturing, sales and engineering employees.  Six main training topics – Mass Customization, Lead Time Reduction, Robust Quality Control, Advanced Process Control, Leadership in Execution, and Total Productive Maintenance – include new and customized courses; some courses will result in the award of College credits and/or certification.  Training will enable Polar Tank Trailer to continue to leverage the strength of its production processes with its skilled labor force to maintain its competitive market position, improve its product quality, and minimize unnecessary warranty and rework.  MN West will continue to strengthen its training capacities in the areas of manufacturing with the addition of several new credit courses that will meet the identified education void for the region and continue to meet the workforce demands of the manufacturing sector. 

    Contact: Dawn Regnier, MN West Community & Technical College, 507-223-1313

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Hennepin Technical College

    Medtronic, Inc.

    $226,089

    Partnership

    Medtronic, Inc. is the largest medical technology company in the world with over 46,000 employees located in 140 countries.  Headquartered in Fridley, there are 11 Minnesota facilities employing nearly 8,000 employees.  This proposal focuses on 359 employees at the Brooklyn Park and Plymouth plants which manufacture products such as mechanical heart valves, cryo ablation products and perfusion equipment under the Cardiac and Vascular division.  Hennepin Technical College (HTC) will work closely with Medtronic in the development of training for 359 employees.  Training will blend adult education, cultural learning styles and technical writing approaches.  Five new courses will be delivered with the majority of training targeting 317 production staff – Writing  for Reliability (for engineers) and Leadership for a Medical Device Environment (for supervisors/leads); Reading & Articulation of Technical Documents, Quality and Problem Solving Matters in a Regulated Environment, and Line to Leadership (for production staff).  With the exception of Line to Leadership, courses will be delivered sequentially with the work flow process beginning with the engineers to develop work instructions before the supervisors/leads use them in developing a strategy of communication for production workers.  Training will respond to Medtronic’s need to upgrade technical instructions and will improve the ability of production workers to articulate their role and demonstrate comprehension to auditors.  HTC will increase capacity through the development of medical device industry curriculum and delivery to diverse populations.  

    Contact:  Cherie Rollings, Hennepin Technical College, 763-488-2731

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    North Hennepin Community College

    Advancedcath

    $230,000

    Partnership

    Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Advancedcath (Advcath) is a medical device company which works with its customers to design products that will transfer to mass production and also manufacturers highly engineered guidewires, catheters, medical balloons, and other components that are supplied to companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude Medical.  With 100 current employees, Advcath plans to hire 26 new workers over the next two years.  In partnership with North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), new and customized courses will be developed and delivered to 126 employees (26 new).  The project aims to build capacity to streamline processes, reduce mistakes and errors, and implement and sustain change to become a flexible organization that can react to industry innovation, customer need and increasing government regulations.  The four training areas involve Good Manufacturing Practice, Lean, Good Documentation Practice, and Project Management.  Trainees will earn CEUs for completed courses.  Training will build the skills and capacity of the workforce to meet demands and remain competitive in the medical device industry.  Advanced training for 40% of the workforce will allow Advcath to maintain its culture of innovation and quality as employees are promoted and new employees are hired.  NHCC will develop new instruction on project management and add a new instructional piece, a simulation run from an iPad that will provide case scenarios found in medical device production and reinforce the application of concepts on the production floor.

    Contact:  Beth Schaefer, North Hennepin Community College, 763-493-0580

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Summit Academy OIC

    Mortenson Construction

    $200,000

    Pathways

    Summit Academy OIC (SAOIC) is a nonprofit vocational, training and educational center and workforce development agency in North Minneapolis.  For over 50 years, SAOIC has helped disadvantaged populations acquire the skills and support needed to become employed and self-sufficient.  A Pathways project between Mortenson Construction and SAOIC will provide 120 individuals (over a two year period) with training via their industry-recognized Pre-Apprentice Construction Program.  Mortenson Construction is the primary contractor on one of the largest projects, the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium (Vikings Stadium) in Minneapolis.   A total of 20 weeks of training begins with Phase 1 – a 10 week general industry training in mathematics, safety, blueprints, building codes, etc.  Students also complete Working for Business Success I, where which includes topics such as interpersonal communication and work ethics.  In Phase 2 students choose one of three specialty tracks and train at a training partner specific to that trade – St. Paul College for Pipefitting/Iron Work and Sheet Metal or Dunwoody College for Plumbing.  Students also complete Working for Business Success II where they create cover letters and resumes, participate in mock interviews and complete financial literacy training.  Graduates from this class will have employment interviews with Mortenson and other hiring partners in November 2014, and will be eligible to being work in winter/spring of 2015.  It is assumed that 85 of the 120 students will complete training with the skills and competencies to be placed in apprenticeship training and move toward journey level status within their selected trade.  Mortenson and its contractors will have a pool of qualified workers to meet their diverse workforce goals. 

    Contact:  Leroy West, Summit Academy OIC, 612-278-5240

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    Foldcraft, Inc.

    $173,976

    Partnership

    Foldcraft Company designs and manufactures a wide variety of commercial furniture and millwork for the national and international hospitality industry.  Over 250 employee-owners support the manufacturing facilities in Kenyon and at their corporate office located in Burnsville.  Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) will work with Foldcraft to develop a training program that will be delivered to 128 (10 new) employees at both the Kenyon and Burnsville facilities.  Curriculum includes:  Industrial Sewing/Upholstery (new); Blueprint Reading, Math & Measurements for Technicians, Computer Skills, Leadership and Coaching; Negotiation Skills; and Solidworks Essentials, Intermediate and Advanced training (delivered by Alignex).  A Train-the-Trainer course will develop team leaders and managers as trainers, who will be able to create a sustainable professional development and training system within Foldcraft.  Training will result in much needed skills development and a prepared workforce needed to successfully achieve Foldcraft’s short and long-term business plans.  Employees will gain durable skills and increased employability.  DCTC will develop expertise in upholstery and industrial sewing and related manufacturing with new and customized curricula that will support professional development in the industry.

    Contact:  Marlo Miller, Dakota County Technical College, 65-423-8612

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Metro Mold & Design, Inc.

    $375,311

    Partnership

    Metro Mold & Design (MMD) is a family owned, privately held company with 350 employees involved with mold manufacturing, precision machining, assembly and finishing.  Major customer markets include general manufacturing, surgical instruments/medical devices, fuel cell manufacturing, printer components, and custom plastic products.  MMD operates out of four facilities; the majority of production operations are in Rogers and Brooklyn Park and a small mold facility operates in Little Falls.  MMD will partner with Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) to develop ten new and customized courses – Automated Systems Integration, Manufacturing Process & Systems Controls, ERP EPICOR Systems, Numeric Control & Machining Software Systems-QC-Calc & MasterCam, International Mfg Standards ISO 13485, Multi Axis Swiss Machining, Thermo Plastics & Resins, Coatings for Mold & Molded Projects, and Two Shot Molding Processes.  All 432 current and new employees will receive training with the number of courses dependent on their occupation.  Six employees will participate in a Train-the-Trainer to create internal trainers for MMD.  Maximizing workforce capacity will help MMD meet increased production demands in response to industry growth opportunities.  ARCC will add new educational capacity which will benefit other precision manufacturing companies. 

    Contact:  Stephen Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Electric Machinery Company, Inc.

    $300,000

    Partnership

    Electric Machinery Company (EM) custom designs and manufacturers large electric motors and generators for customers worldwide.  Currently, EM employs about 231 people at its Minneapolis production facility which provides its products and services to the oil and gas, power generation, pulp and paper, mining, and general industrial markets.   Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) will work with EM subject matter experts to develop curriculum for 281 employees (50 new) over a two year period.  ARCC and Anoka Technical College will deliver customized and new courses will focus on ten distinct skills areas:  Management & Leadership, Project Management, EM Process Improvement Concepts, Supply Chain Management, Materials Management & Procurement, Cross Training, Manufacturing Software Applications, Trade Technical Skills, Engineering as a Second Language and CNC Operation.  The amount of training time will vary depending on the trainee’s occupation.  Training will provide the skills that will enable EM’s workforce to respond to changes needed to be competitive in the electrical generator industry.  ARCC will increase knowledge and add new instructional capabilities that will benefit other heavy manufacturing companies. 

    Contact:  Stephen Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State University, Mankato

    Michael Foods & Northern Star Co.

    $300,000

    Partnership

    Michael Foods, Inc. (MFI) is a leading packaged goods company providing value-added food products and service solutions to customers in the food service, retail and food ingredients channels.  The company holds leading market positions in each of its three segments and produces a range of egg products, potato products, and cheese and dairy-case foods.  It’s wholly owned Minnesota subsidiaries are Northern Star Co. (potato processing in Chaska) and M.G. Waldbaum (egg production and processing in Gaylord and LeSueur).  Headquartered in Minnetonka, MFI has 1,000 Minnesota employees.  Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU, M), Michael Foods and Northern Star will collaborate on the development of a training program customized to meet the needs of 771 employees over a three year period.  A three-phase process will result in a comprehensive report outlining job knowledge and skill requirements, areas of needed training, and delivery modes.  Process improvement training will include A3 Strategy, A3 Sustainability and A3 Project Kaizen.  DCTC will assist in an eight-component Mechatronics training with Mechanical Troubleshooting; Industrial Electricity and Troubleshooting; Motor Controls; PLC I, II and III; and Hydraulics/Pneumatics.  Leadership Skills training will develop essential skills in production leads and emerging leaders.  Training will help to stabilize the operations of MFI allowing them to increase productivity and meet customer demand.  MFI employees will acquire new skills, increasing their marketability and opportunity to advance within the company.  MSU, M will gain knowledge in the agricultural food processing industry as well as increased capacity in Mechatronics through their partnership with DCTC.

    Contact:  Jan Bauer, MN State University, Mankato, 507-389-1094

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State University, Mankato

    Truck Bodies & Equipment International

    $156,991

    Partnership

    Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) is a corporation that encompasses five leading manufacturers of dump bodies, landscape bodies, platforms, hoists and truck and trailer equipment and accessories.  The 2006 fusion of Crysteel Manufacturing, Ox Bodies, Rugby Manufacturing, DuraClass and J-CRAFT positions TBEI as the standard-setter in the design, manufacturing, delivery and service of a broad portfolio of high precision and high performance truck body and hoist equipment.  Crysteel and J-CRAFT are the two main product brands which are designed and produced in Lake Crystal with a workforce of 171 employees and plans to add 75 additional employees.  TBEI will partner with Minnesota State University, Mankato to develop training that will provide customized skills and knowledge to 220 (75 new) employees.  A course in Leadership will develop and enhance the skills of production leads and emerging leaders.  A3 Project Kaizen training will leverage 50 targeted improvement projects and include tools such as Lean, Design for Manufacture, Theory of Constraints and Return on Investment.  Other coursework includes Six Sigma Green Belt-Finance for Management, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Basic and Advanced Welding.  Training will improve the efficiency and sustainability of TBEI; employees will acquire new skills that will increase their marketability and opportunity to advance within the company.  The customization of courses will enhance the College’s portfolio of courses sought by many regional business sectors. 

    Contact:  Jan Bauer, MN State University, Mankato, 507-389-1094

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Cloud State University

    Netgain

    $147,739

    Partnership

    Headquartered in St. Cloud, Netgain is a growing information technology (IT) provider of proactive IT services that focus on the healthcare market.  Netgain has 79 current employees and plans to hire five additional employees over the next two years.   St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and Netgain subject matter experts will collaboratively develop and deliver training consisting of five main topics – Healthcare in the United States, Building Business Communication Skills in the Healthcare Industry, Netgain Client Experience, Advancing Netgain Technical Knowledge and Skills, and Netgain Management/Leadership in Healthcare IT.  All 84 employees (five new) will participate in the first three training areas; others will complete additional training based on needed knowledge/skills for their position.  To enhance the learning experience, an Interactive Presentation System will be purchased to provide an interactive and collaborative way for knowledge to be shared in the classroom, during discussions and across distances.  This technology will not only engage participants more thoroughly, but increase retention and application of training.   Training will address the skills gaps within Netgain and help them remain competitive in the rapidly changing healthcare and IT industry as well as provide career advancement opportunities for employees.  In addition to building a collaborative partnership with Netgain, SCSU will gain knowledge of the evolving healthcare and IT industry.  The Interactive Presentation System will continue to be used at the College for special events, receptions and onsite training.

    Contact:  Tammy Anhalt-Warner, St. Cloud State University, 320-308-4252


     

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    Amount

    Program

    Rochester Community & Technical College

    Olmsted Medical Center

    $247,844

    Partnership

    Olmsted Medical Center (OMC), located in Rochester, is a not-for-profit organization with nearly 2,000 healthcare professionals who work at 18 locations, including two multi-specialty clinics, a Level IV trauma hospital, and community branch clinics.  Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) will collaborate with OMC subject matter experts to develop curriculum customized to the organizational needs of OMC.  Selected trainees include 1,197 OMC employees in a wide range of occupations.  Curriculum focusing on four main areas -- Quality, Project Management, ISO 9000, and Healthcare Leadership -- will be developed for online delivery with live course follow-up that is job specific.  RCTC will implement online tracking to track participation in the online coursework.  This project will allow OMC to train their workforce on critical topics which assist Olmsted Medical Center with increased efficiencies and cost reductions, improved quality of services offered and profitability.  All of the curriculum developed will be new to the school, resulting in increased capacity in the area of quality and improved processes for the healthcare industry.  RCTC will also gain capacity with the development of on-line learning.

    Contact:  Abbey Hellickson, Rochester Community & Technical College, 507-529-2736

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    The College of St. Scholastica

    Human Development Center

    $77,603

    Partnership

    Located in Duluth, the Human Development Center (HDC) is the region’s community mental health center with outpatient sites and services in four northeastern counties (St. Louis, Carlton, Cook and Lake).  HDC is a major regional employer with 200 employees that provide services ranging from psychiatric care to homeless outreach.  The Center serves about 8,000 clients each year and is a “safety net” for those who are least likely to have financial or geographical access to mental health services. 
    The College of St. Scholastic will collaborate with HDC to develop training that will prepare a total of 79 employees on the critical transition elements of DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision-Clinical Modification) using a combination of classroom and on-line training.  The three-phased project includes – 1) development of training modules for clinical documentation of patient services and quality reporting of patient services and outcomes; 2) training for clinical and business staff on documentation to meet new coding systems; and 3) training for leadership and clinical management staff on federal, state and county reporting requirements.  Training will prepare HDC for compliance and accuracy with coding and reporting systems and create efficiency in documentation with the CareLogic system.  As health care reimbursement systems move increasingly to financially rewarding documented care and outcomes, this project will allow HDC to take advantage of opportunities to maximize their service revenue.  The increased institutional capacity of the College will also create a foundation for future relationships with other mental health organizations in the region.

    Contact:  Brooke Palkie, The College of St. Scholastica, 218-733-2245

     

    Grantee

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    Amount

    Program

    Saint Paul College

    Construction Consortium

    $365,873

    Pathways

    Saint Paul College, 16 industry partners (Collins Electrical Construction Co., Hunt Electric Corp., Muska Electric, Muska Plumbing, Harris Mechanical, McGough, Corval Group, Swanson & Youngdale, Nasseff Mechanical Contractors, Total Construction & Equipment, Medina Electrical, CBI, Pioneer Power, Rainbow, MN Mechanical Contractors Assoc.), the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry, and St. Paul Building & Construction Trades Council will collaboratively develop and implement the “Skills Trades Pipeline Project-Trades Up” project to prepare 140 individuals for entrance into apprenticeship programs in the construction trades.  Emphasis will be on the recruitment of low-income women, people of color and veterans.  College and BCT instructors will develop new and customized curricula based on business need.  Local agencies (i.e., Workforce Centers, Helmets to Hardhats) will recruit and raise awareness regarding trade occupations and opportunities.  Interested/qualified individuals will attend an orientation followed by skill assessments and one or more Work Skills courses at Saint Paul College.  Participant will meet individually with a Career Navigator to review assessment outcomes and establish a customized plan for their movement into the construction trades.  Upon successful completion of the Work Skills courses, participants can enter the Building Minnesota Apprenticeship Program (a precursor 4-8 week to Apprenticeship); enroll in a Technical College Program related to construction careers; begin an entry level apprenticeship with one of the partnering businesses or move directly into an industry partner 3-5 year Apprenticeship.  This project will assist under-represented populations by improving access to career opportunities in the construction trades and also address Minnesota’s need for new skilled construction workers.  Saint Paul College will develop new courses and increase capacity to train and certify individuals for quicker entry in the construction trade industry.

    Contact:  Cheryl Beaumier, Saint Paul College, 651-846-1438

  • March 3, 2014

    MJSP Funded Projects - March 3, 2014

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State University Mankato

    Berry Pallets, Inc.

    $49,842

    Short Form

    Located in Waseca, Berry Pallets has 37 employees and offers several varieties of pallets including hand built, customized and special treatment processes.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with MN State University Mankato (MSU-Mankato) to develop and deliver training to help them optimize automation and improve their workforce capacity that will lead to higher productivity and quality.  Training for all 37 employees will be based on their occupational relationship to the material presented.  Materials will be prepared with consideration of language or terms that will assist English-as-a-second language participants to have an optimal learning experience.  Curriculum will target specific process improvement projects, basic problem solving tools using LEAN principles, ergonomic assessment and design solutions, and manufacturing automation integration.  Management and supervisors will receive training focusing on building stronger measures and financial analysis capacity, key performance measures and analysis, processing strategies and cost containment.  Included are essential leadership skills training to optimize the company’s ability to plan, engage, and grow their workforce and capabilities.  All participants will receive certificates for completed courses as well as opportunities for advancement or improved earnings through a new incentive program design.  This project will provide a training bridge to the College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program to expand relationships with this industry sector.

    Contact:  Jan Bauer, MN State University Mankato, 507-389-3283

     

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    Program

    Minneapolis Community & Technical College

    St. Paul Pioneer Press

    $49,931

    Short Form

    The Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com print product currently serves readers and advertisers throughout the eastern half of the Twin Cities, including Western Wisconsin.  It is Minnesota’s second largest newspaper, with a market share in Ramsey and surrounding East Metro counties of approximately 75 percent.  Located in St. Paul, they have 519 employees.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to provide business transformation training for 170 employees across the organization.  MCTC and the Pioneer Press will work on customizing and developing curriculum and materials to meet the specific needs of the training project.  MCTC will collaborate with St. Paul College to add additional expertise and support for the training program.  Courses include:  Business Process Improvement, Financial Management, Local Economy in Journalism, Leadership Skills for a Transforming Industry, Critical Thinking, Innovation and Creativity, and Multigenerational Workforce Effectiveness.  This training will ensure Pioneer Press employees have the needed 21st century skills to fully deploy digital media tools for subscribers and advertisers and increase skills and innovation to maximize product market share.  MCTC will gain capacity through the development of five new courses and the customization of four courses.  These courses can be further tailored to meet other industries and business needs who are also undergoing transformation change and process improvement.

    Contact:  Jan Morrissey, Mpls. Community & Technical College, 612-659-6502

     

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    Century College

    Absolute Quality Manufacturing

    $48,970

    Short Form

    Absolute Quality Manufacturing (AQM) is a manufacturer of custom wire harnesses, cable assemblies, and panel builds and enclosures for a variety of markets including lighting, military, industrial, consumer, medical, energy and agriculture.  Located in downtown Minneapolis, the company currently has 153 employees.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Century College to provide training for 100 Assemblers, Operators and Cell Leads with courses that include Lean Manufacturing, Wire Harness Skills, Ultrasonic Welding, Panel Building Skills, Standard Work Processes and Applied Math & Precision Measurement.  Cell Leads will complete IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certification, which is the industry standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation. Earning this portable credential creates immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry.  On-site training will incorporate hands-on activities utilizing automated production equipment at AQM, hand tools, production documents and visual aids.  Upgrading the skills of its workforce will strengthen the company’s ability to meet on-going customer requirements and improve profits.  Century College instructors will gain valuable experience working with high-tech equipment at AQM. 

    Contact:  Jeralyn Jargo, Century College, 651-779-3235

     

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    Saint Paul College

    HealthEast Medical Transportation

    $49,991

    Short Form

    HealthEast Medical Transportation (HEMT) provides emergency medical services to residents in Ramsey and Dakota counties.  The Basic Life Support (BLS) division is staffed with 35 nationally registered emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and the Advanced Life Support (ALS) group includes 80 nationally registered paramedics who have undergone additional training in Specialized Advanced Life Support.  HEMT is looking for advanced respiratory training for their EMTs and Paramedics.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Saint Paul College which has the only accredited Associate of Arts Respiratory Therapy Program including Simulation Laboratory equipment and high-tech facilities. Saint Paul College will collaborate with HEMT to design two Respiratory Certificates:  EMT Level I class, entitled Airway Management; and Paramedic Level I, entitled Advanced Mechanical Ventilation.  These programs will require new educational materials, development of curriculum and simulation laboratory experiences.  Equipment not typically found in a respiratory therapy classroom, but standard equipment in an ambulance will be utilized for these programs.  The College will pilot these two programs to 27 of HealthEast Medical Transportation’s staff.  After completion and evaluation, the college will benefit by offering the courses to other EMTs and Paramedics in the Midwest.  There are over 4,000 EMTs and Paramedics in Minnesota that would benefit from this advanced respiratory training.

    Contact:  Colleen Hagerman, St. Paul College, 651-846-1786

     

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    Lake Superior College

    Employment Link

    $38,371

    Short Form

    Employment Link is a locally owned and operated employment service agency in Duluth that helps people with barriers prepare for, obtain and retain meaningful employment.  With a workforce of 18 employees, they provide a variety of services from assessment, job development, coaching, community support services and independent living services. The agency also works with employers to help them understand the laws that apply to hiring people with barriers.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Lake Superior College to develop a comprehensive set of curriculum which will update employee skill sets in order to work more effectively with adults with multiple barriers.  Four new courses – Diagnostic Training, Employer Connections, Safety and Compliance Training – will be delivered to all 18 employees at Employment Link.  This training will give Employment Link a complete set of training curriculum that can be offered in a structured and timely fashion to their employees who work directly with clients.  Standardizing this training will not only help Employment Link, but will be a resource for other agencies in the region that serve clients with multiple barriers to employment. 

    Contact:  Steve Wagner, Lake Superior College, 218-733-5934

     

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    Hennepin Technical College

    Polaris Industries, Inc.

    $92,405

    Partnership

    Polaris is internationally respected in the power sports and small vehicles industry.  With 5,600 employees worldwide, 4,293 are located in the U.S.; 2,783 are located in Minnesota.  Corporate headquarters is in Medina with engineering, manufacturing, service and distribution facilities located in Roseau, Wyoming, and Plymouth.  Polaris’ strong commitment to investing and research and development to stay in front of competition includes technical growth of their engineering and design employees.  MJSP funds will allow Polaris to partner with Hennepin Technical College (HTC) in order to improve technical skills, increase innovation and increase the speed of design and development with the upgrade of their critically important computer aided design (CAD) tool.  The new CAD software will minimize physical prototyping while increasing creativity to help deliver better products in less time.  The use of specialized tools demand customization of the CAD software specifically for Polaris and training customized specifically for the use of those tools by Polaris engineers.  Such training does not exist outside of a customized, specialized environment.  HTC will assist in upgrading Polaris CAD software from Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to Creo 2.0.  Polaris, HTC and New Vision Engineer Solutions will collaboratively develop three courses of curriculum tailored to the needs of Polaris - Creo 2.0 Core, a one-day course encompassing techniques for “everyday” CAD users; Creo 2.0 Light, a half-day course for “light” CAD users; and Creo 2.0 Sprint, two-hour sessions focusing on advanced capabilities.  New Vision and HTC will co-deliver training expected to begin July 2014 and run through August 2014 followed by an additional five days of live support from New Vision.  A total of 267 employees will participate in hands-on training at the Wyoming facility.  CEUs will be awarded.  Training will improve the technical skills of CAD users, fostering efficiency and more rapid new product development.  The Creo 2.0 upgrade is projected to provide a cost savings to Polaris of $2.6 million annually.  HTC will expand their capacity with state of the art CAD principles and techniques which are transferable to other industries.

    Contact: Rich Kelly, Hennepin Technical College, 763-488-2728

     

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    Hennepin Technical College

    ConAgra Foods

    $290,000

    Partnership

    ConAgra Foods is a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and sells packaged foods for commercial customers, foodservice vendors, restaurants and retail consumers.  Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska there are over 100 ConAgra facilities throughout the U.S. (six in Minnesota).  In January 2013, ConAgra acquired Ralcorp Holdings, the parent company of the Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products plant, located in Fridley.  Since then, ConAgra has expanded its production capabilities through the purchase of new equipment and hiring of 30% more employees.  The Fridley facility supplies private label frozen bakery products to a wide range of businesses.  With a current workforce of approximately 230 they are projecting 135 new hires by the end of 2016.  The expansion has increased the need for full employee engagement in continuous improvement and streamlining of processes in order to meet customer demand and expectations.  While prior training has been internally developed and implemented as the need arises, the significant expansion has outpaced the internal capacity required to meet the company’s needs.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Hennepin Technical College (HTC) to customize existing curriculum that will be used to train 335 employees (including 116 new hires) on-site at ConAgra or at the HTC Brooklyn Park campus.  All employees will complete Manufacturing Foundations: Shop Math and Measurement.  An Industrial Electricity and Electronics course will focus on production workers and courses in Power Transmission and Pneumatics will be for higher level production positions.  Employees with English as a Second Language will participate in Occupational English which will use assessment results to customize materials based on English language needs.  Company-wide training will improve employee breadth of understanding, general safety behavior and foundations for troubleshooting production issues as well as increase employee productivity and retention.  HTC will expand its training capacity in foundation skills in the manufacturing and food processing settings.

    Contact:  Cherie Rollings, Hennepin Technical College, 763-488-2731

     

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    Normandale Community College

    Western National Insurance Group

    $222,216

    Partnership

    Western National Mutual Insurance Company is one of eight subsidiary Property and Casualty Insurance Companies in the U.S.  Located in Edina, Western National employs 320 individuals and offers a broad array of insurance products for individuals, families and businesses throughout the Midwestern, Northwestern and Southwestern United States.  MJSP funds will support a partnership with Normandale Community College (NCC) to develop and deliver training for all 320 current employees.  All employees will receive training in Fundamentals of Customer Experience with additional training based on each employee’s job title, work role, need for specific skill sets, and their role as change agents within the company.  Training includes new and customized curriculum related to Mapping, Designing and Sustaining the Customer Experience.  Two existing courses, Agile ScrumMaster and Change Agent, will result in Certification.  Through training, employees will be able to respond to changing customer requirements and do so in ways that build lasting customer relationships; better utilize data, technology and channels; integrate change management methodology; and increase revenue.  The college will gain capacity through the customization of existing courses and the development of new courses which will be beneficial to a broad base of organizations.

    Contact:  Jeff Hudson, Normandale Community College, 952-358-8705

     

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    Minneapolis Community & Technical College

    Gedney Foods

    $240,675

    Partnership

    Located in Chaska, Gedney is one of Minnesota’s oldest food companies and a leading national manufacturer of branded and private label pickles, relish, condiments and preserves.  In the last two years, Gedney has doubled its production capacity as well as its workforce which now consists of 177 full time employees.   Of those, about 163 are production workers who are represented by Local 289 Teamsters.  MJSP funding is requested to support a partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to increase the internal capacity of the workforce in reaching employee employment/earning, safety, communication, SQF Certification and production goals.  MCTC will collaborate with Gedney to develop and deliver training for 177 Gedney employees.  Key training areas (which include both new and customized courses) include:  Safety Training/Accident Reduction/Food Manufacturing; Process Improvement/Lean; Cultural Awareness for management and workforce; English for Speakers of Other Languages; Production Advancement Skills Training (General Laborer; Machine Operator 1, 2, 3 and 4; Mixer 1 & 2; Sanitation 2 & 3; and Forklift 1 & 2) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification.   The development of multi-cultural videos will enhance Communication & Team Workplace training and Production Advancement Skills training.  Training will provide the necessary environment in which the current and future workforce will operate more safely, with greater efficiency, and with the skills needed to move up economically within the Company.  MCTC will increase educational capacity and become one of two authorized licensed SQF providers in Minnesota.

    Contact:  Reede Webster, Mpls. Community & Technical College, 612-659-6501

     

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    Dakota County Technical College

    Intek Plastics

    $260,096

    Partnership

    Intek Plastics, located in Hastings, is a premiere custom plastic extrusion company best known for providing high quality, precisely engineered, customer-specific products.  Intek also provides components used by manufacturers in a wide variety of industries with products that include window squeegees, residential windows and doors, retail store displays, commercial refrigerators and hockey arena dasher boards.  With 153 current employees, the company expects to hire 12 new workers over the next three years as the housing market bounces back and Intek adds new production lines.  Intek is aggressively working in new markets to generate revenue in areas such as the commercial refrigeration, agricultural production and lighting industries.  MJSP funds will support a partnership with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to develop and deliver new and customized courses for all employees (153 current; 12 new).  Training will take place at Intek, with the exception of Computer Basics training which will be offered on-line.  Courses include:  Extrusion Operations 1, 2 & 3; Plastics Troubleshooting; Engineering for Tool & Die; OSHA Industrial Safety; Electrical Troubleshooting; Managing for Sustainability; Hot Work/Shop/LOTO Safety; and Culture Change.  Training will provide much-needed skills and result in a prepared workforce needed to successfully expand the operations of Intek.  Trainees will gain durable skills and have the opportunity to advance to higher level positions.  The customization of existing courses and development of new courses will increase DCTC’s capacity to deliver industry-demanded skills training for other manufacturing sectors. 

    Contact:  Kathy Carlson, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8549

     

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    Dakota County Technical College

    BTD Manufacturing

    $300,000

    Partnership

    Since its establishment in 1979, BTD Manufacturing has expanded operations and acquired several additional companies which provide a wide range of contract and custom metal works manufacturing for customers that include 3M, Freightliner, Arctic Cat and Cummins.  BTD currently operates six facilities, with five in Minnesota (Detroit Lakes, Otsego, and three in Lakeville) and one in Illinois.  Its Minnesota operations account for 717 of the 934 current employees.  The addition of the third facility in Lakeville and the investment of robotics welding equipment have resulted in an immediate and significant need for training in robotics welding techniques.  While formal welding training is available in Minnesota, there is little to no advanced training, i.e. robotics.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with BTC and Dakota County Technical (DCTC) to meet the training needs of 290 employees (267 current; 23 new) working at the Lakeville and Detroit Lakes plants.  Training modules include:   Robotic Welding; Fabrication; Tool Making; Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic Systems; Computer, Safety (OSHA), Management & Leadership and Continuous Improvement.  DCTC will deliver training in Lakeville and Detroit Lakes with MN State Technical & Community College assisting with training in Detroit Lakes.  The purchase of mobile robotic welding training equipment (Robotic Education Cell 2.0) will provide hands-on skills development for employees at their work sites.  One DCTC instructor will attend the FANUC Certified Education Robot Training and be certified to offer the training.  Training will result in durable skills and a prepared workforce needed to successfully expand BTD’s operations and grow as a Minnesota employer.  DCTC will enhance its capacity with the addition of robotic welding training that will provide DCTC students and other Minnesota employers increased resources to develop their skills in this area.

    Contact:  Larry Lewis, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8276

     

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    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    H. Brooks and Company

    $199,250

    Partnership

    H. Brooks and Company is a food distributor and packaging company located in New Brighton.  With 111 full-time staff and a significant number of seasonal employees, H. Brooks is a leading contract provider of fresh and packaged vegetables, fruits and flowers for a number of retail businesses and institutions.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) to develop a comprehensive training program that will aid in improving their manufacturing efficiencies, thereby helping them gain a competitive edge.  Curriculum will focus on three main areas: 1) Operations Training (i.e., Understanding Produce, Direct Sourcing, Product Packaging, Costing, Purchasing, Writing Reports); 2) Productivity Improvement (i.e., Problem Solving/Process Development, Innovative Leadership, Business Intelligence, Standard Work Development, Lean Supply Chain and Kaizen); and 3) Innovation & Creativity (i.e., Capacity Optimization, Creating New Product Opportunity, Enhancing Merchandising Marketing).  All 111 employees will complete at least one area of training, dependent upon their position.  A Train-the-Trainer will be delivered to 12 elected employees who will act as internal trainers for the company.  As a result of training, H. Brooks will maximize worker capacity as they transition to a more productive environment.  Employees completing training will be eligible for promotion opportunities.  ARCC will gain exposure to a new industry and add new courses which will benefit other distribution and food products businesses.

    Contact:  Stephen Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

     

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    Inver Hills Community College

    Shutterfly, Inc.

    $307,955

    Partnership

    Founded in 1999, Shutterfly has become a well-known supplier of customized photo albums and other personalized stationary products ordered online.  Their line of goods, sold direct to the consumer through ecommerce, includes a wide range of products, such as digital photographic prints, greeting cards, calendars, and wedding products.  Shutterfly employs more than 1,500 employees, spread across 11 locations worldwide.  Shutterfly is preparing to launch their new $60 million facility in Shakopee which is expected to create more than 1,084 jobs during the next two years, including 227 new permanent jobs, and at least 857 seasonal workers annually (who will be hired during the fourth quarter/holiday season).  As part of opening the new facility and hiring new staff, Shutterfly has identified a number of key needs for employee training during the start-up phase to support employee development.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) to assist Shutterfly in developing a comprehensive workplace training program to meet production goals.  IHCC will work with Shutterfly to customize course content, delivery and materials for training that includes: Organizational Effectiveness, Basic and Advanced Computer and Technology Training, Customer Service, Lean Manufacturing, Environmental Health and Safety (OSHA), Cross Training, and Powered Industrial Life Operator Training.  All 1,084 employees will receive training appropriate for the employee category and position.  This project will develop the skills of new Shutterfly employees, enabling a successful launch of Shutterfly’s new production facility and ensure the long-term economic viability of the business and its workforce.  IHCC will enhance its capabilities as a customized training provider and advance its abilities to work with businesses that are new to Minnesota and assist them in customizing and developing workplace training solutions. 

    Contact:  Peter Hoch, Inver Hills Community College, 651-450-3763

     

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    MSC-Southeast Technical

    Benedictine Health Systems

    $270,257

    Partnership

    Benedictine Healthcare System (BHS), headquartered in Duluth, is one of the largest senior care organizations in the country with facilities across seven states. About 4,900 individuals are employed at 28 facilities in Minnesota.  Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare facilities are challenged to provide the best service with limited resources provided under a capitated revenue structure.  To meet these challenges, BHS has determined that currently there are between 9-11 occupational positions involved in providing care to any given patient served in their facilities, resulting in less than optimal care at a higher than necessary cost.  A movement is afoot to blend many of these positions to a merged occupational position called a “Certified Care Partner” (CCP).  Multi-skilling is necessary to insure that a seamless high quality continuum of care can be provided at BHS facilities while meeting demands to control healthcare costs.  MJSP funding will to support a partnership with MSC-Southeast Technical (MSC-ST) to develop a new training program for this emerging occupation.  It is anticipated that DHS will need to train up to an additional 57 new CCPs over the next 27 months.  MSC-ST will work with BHS experts to develop a three-level training program -- entry level, partially qualified (PQ) and fully qualified (FQ) CCP.  A total of 277 employees (57 new) from all Minnesota facilities will receive training at MSC-ST, BHS and other locations.  A 50-hour Core training which includes Basic Life Support, Dementia, Wellness, Communication, Environmental Services and Infection Control, will qualify an individual for an entry level CCP.  Employees that complete Core training and already possess one of more required certifications will qualify as a CCP PQ. Those continuing training (230 total hours) and successfully meeting certification and licensure requirements will be FQ CCPs and able to perform nine occupational areas – Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aid, Trained Medication Administration, Activity Aid, Culinary Dietary Aid, Personal Care Attendant, Environmental Service Workers and Housekeeping Attendant.  Training will greatly improve the skills of BHS employees who will be more marketable and have increased wages and employment opportunities as skills are acquired.  MSC-ST will gain new courses and a new Certified Care Partner Certification program which will serve other long-term care businesses and individuals interested in this field.

    Contact:  Calli Ekblad, MSC-Southeast Technical, 651-385-6320

     

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    MSC-Southeast Technical

    TRW Automotive

    $300,000

    Partnership

    TRW Automotive is an industry leader in steering, braking, electronic and safety systems and a leading producer of driver interface products such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls and integrated electronic control panels (IECP).  With 65,000 employees in more than 185 locations worldwide, there are three facilities in Minnesota.  This grant award addresses the needs of the Winona production facility which has been rebounding from the recession after securing new business with Ford, GM and Chrysler.  This has resulted in significant investment in new production and test equipment and, as a result, TRW-Winona is now the lead candidate in the award of major contracts for the production of high tech next generation HVACs and IECPs by the top three U.S. vehicle manufacturers.  With 260 current (Union) employees, TRW anticipates hiring 150 new workers over the next two years.  Time concerns and production demands will not allow for on-the-job skills acquisition for new employees and current employees have had limited employee development opportunities which have resulted in a skills gap that is hindering optimal utilization of the plant.  The installation of new state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment from Fuji requires training which is not available through the MnSCU system.  MJSP funds will support a partnership between MSC-Southeast Technical and TRW to develop training which will prepare new employees for the production floor and upgrade the skills of the existing workforce to meet future production demands.  MSC-ST, TRW experts, Fuji trainers and other third parties will collaborate to develop training for 410 incumbent/new employees.  Employees will receive training in areas Curriculum includes:  Industrial Technology (34 credit diploma); Electronics Technology (64 credit diploma); Printed Circuit Boards Processing; Inspection Techniques; Soldering; Surface Mount Technology; Haptics; Quality; Auto Lean Manufacturing; Supervisory; and a New Employee Orientation will also be developed.  Training certification provided by MSC-ST include credit degree and diplomas besides hourly based certificates.  Training will meet both the immediate need to hire and train a large number of new employees and upgrade the skills of the existing workforce to meet contract demands.  MSC-ST will gain new courses which will result in enhanced curriculum relevant to other businesses and individuals interested in the auto industry.

    Contact:  Calli Ekblad, MSC-Southeast Technical, 651-385-6320

     

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    MN West Community & Technical College

    Avicenna Technology, Inc.

    $236,903

    Partnership

    Avicenna Technology is a manufacturer and supplier of precision medical device components and assemblies for the world’s largest medical device original equipment manufacturers including Medtronic and St. Jude Medical.  Located in Montevideo, the company has a workforce of 126 employees.  The expansion of the second production shift and the need to hire 30 additional employees over the next two years deem it necessary to foster the skill sets of the production operators and front line supervisors.  MJSP funding will support a partnership between Avicenna and MN West Community and Technical College (MN West) to provide the workforce with training to identify, analyze, reduce and eliminate non-value added costs from the manufacturing processes and develop a sustainability model and trained in-house professionals.  Curriculum will be jointly developed to train 156 employees (126 current; 30 new).  New and customized modules will focus on three main areas – Operational Efficiency for Precision Manufacturing (Lean Six Sigma, Failure Mode Effect Analysis); Advanced Process Engineering (Root Cause Analysis/Process Control, Manufacturing Continuous Improvement); and Organization Behavior for Manufacturing (Team Building, Organizational Behavior).  MN West will also develop a new 15 credit Six Sigma Methodologies Certificate program. Training will enable Avicenna to continue to leverage the strength of its production processes with its skilled labor force to maintain its competitive market position.  Employees will gain transferrable skills and increased opportunities for advancement.  The addition of a new nine credit Six Sigma Methodologies Certificate will build the College’s capacity to meet the identified education void for the region and continue to meet the workforce demands of the manufacturing sector.

    Contact:  Dawn Regnier, MN West Community & Technical College, 507-223-1313

     

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    Alexandria Technical & Community College

    Central Minnesota Credit Union

    $228,760

    Partnership

    Central Minnesota Credit Union (CMCU) is a member-owned organization that currently serves 50,000 customers and has grown from nine branches, 165 employees and $500M in assets in 2009 to 16 branches, 272 employees and $785M in assets in 2014.  Through MJSP funding, CMCU will coordinate with Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) to develop curriculum focusing on two main areas -- Financial and Leadership training.  CMCU will select 300 employees to participate in training which will be developed in a blended learning approach with portions hosted in an online capacity and GoTo Webinar video conferencing.  Current classroom training (i.e., Workplace Skills, Aspiring Management, MGMT, LEAD, Finance I & II and Train-the-Trainer) will be redesigned to offer it as blended learning and refresher training courses will be offered solely in an online capacity.  In addition, 16 employees will be provided with Online Course Development training, enabling them to manage and sustain e-learning modules.  The utilization of online training will allow CMCU employees in remote locations to attend courses while saving time and money.  Employees will have the opportunity to progress to higher positions based on completed coursework.  ATCC will increase its educational capacity with the development of curriculum to support Financial Leadership and Financial Management. 

    Contact:  Linda Muchow, Alexandria Technical & Community College, 320-762-4539

     

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    Lake Superior College

    AAR Corporation

    $89,265

    Pathways

    Incorporated in 1955, AAR is a leading provider of products and services to the aerospace, government and defense industries.  Headquartered in Wood Dale, IL, AAR employs over 6,000 people at over 60 locations in 17 countries.  About a year ago, AAR leased a Duluth facility and began operations with 25 employees and local contractors.  Today, there are 296 employees, including 115 contract personnel providing aircraft overhaul and repair services for Air Canada.  With increased demand for service, AAR is expanding from three to four maintenance lines beginning in September 2014 and will require additional Support Technicians.  MJSP funding will help meet AAR’s workforce needs through a Pathways project with Lake Superior College to provide eligible applicants with pre-employment training tailored to the skills needed to begin maintaining aircraft as a support technician.    
    Lake Superior College will develop and implement a 60-hour Aircraft Maintenance Support Training Program for AAR which includes:  Introduction to AAR, General Safety Knowledge, General Aircraft Knowledge, Use of General Aircraft Tools, General Aircraft Cleaning, and Working with Aircraft.  The target population will be 50 Pathways eligible individuals with an emphasis on minorities and women.  Duluth Workforce Center and SOAR Career Solutions will assist with recruitment and screening and provide an occupational overview to potential trainees.  Participants who successfully complete the training will have a direct pipeline to Support Technician jobs at the AAR facility in Duluth.  This project will have appreciable impact on the educational capacity-building for the college.  Six new curriculum offerings will be developed; three courses are expected to become regular offerings at Lake Superior College when MnSCU approves their new Aircraft Mechanics Program.

    Contact:  Steve Wagner, Lake Superior College, 218-733-5934

  • November 4, 2013

    MJSP Funded Projects - November 4, 2013

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    MSC-Southeast Technical

    Winona ORC Industries

    $49,803

    Short Form

    The Winona Occupational Rehabilitation Center (WORC) provides area businesses with services to meet short and long-term manpower needs while providing much needed employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.  MJSP funding will support a partnership with MSC-Southeast Technical to develop and deliver two new certificate programs – 1) A 16-hour Commercial Laundering Techniques and Operations training will train selected employees who will get a new Laundry Service in Winona up and running and serve as in-house trainers for new workers.  2) A 60-hour course adapted to the special work conditions in WORC resulting in certification as a trained Disability Specialist.  A total of 65 employees will receive training.  This project will provide WORC with a more competent workforce and help to increase revenue through more efficient job performance. 

    Contact:  Calli Ekblad, MSC-Southeast College, 651-385-6320

     

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    Alexandria Technical & Community College

    WASP, Inc.

    $49,931

    Short Form

    WASP, Inc., located in Glenwood, is a leader in the design and manufacture of non-powered ground support equipment for the aircraft industry, conveyor products for the package handling industry and trailers for the U.S. military.  WASP and Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) will partner to develop certificate based training for 60 incumbent workers in the field of mechanical assembly.  The purchase of two SMC MAP-200 training systems will allow for practical application and evaluation of skills.  New courses include Basic and Advanced Technical Assembly for Conveyor Systems and Welding Assembly.  ATCC will partner with MST Consulting for the Welding training and two Lead Welders will be trained to continue working with staff to reduce rework and inefficiencies.  With assistance from Powermind Training, ATCC will develop and deliver Technical Support training for supervisory level staff.  This project will provide for new educational capacity for ATCC and help WASP to meet ongoing customer requirements and improve profits.

    Contact: Ben Bomstad, Alexandria Technical & Community College, 320-762-4553

     

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    Minnesota State University Mankato

    Kato Roofing, Inc.

    $49,755

    Short Form

    Kato Roofing, Inc. (KRI), located in Mankato, is a full-service commercial roofing contractor serving Minnesota and Iowa.  A partnership between KRI and Minnesota State University Mankato will develop training related to process analysis, continuous improvement and project management.  All 47 employees will receive training based on their occupational relationship to the material presented and certificates of completion will be awarded.  Opportunities for advancement and increased earnings will be provided to employees who successfully complete training.  This project will help KRI improve their competitive advantage through reduced lead time for raw material procurement processes and improved sequencing of worksite delivery; identify and eliminate redundant and ineffective processes; and develop a workplace culture of continuous improvement. 

    Contact: Jan Bauer, MSU-Mankato, 507-389-1094

     

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    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Alliance Machine, Inc.

    $49,475

    Short Form

    Alliance Machine, located in Elk River, is a precision machine shop serving the defense, aerospace and medical industries.  With 35 current employees, they plan to hire six new employees over the next two years due to an expansion which will include an in-house training facility.  Alliance Machine will partner with Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) to develop training in office and production processes.  Courses such as Business Process Analysis, Energy Efficiency for Manufacturing, and Math for Machinists will enable all 35 employees to expand their skills and maximize their earnings potential while supporting and fueling the growth of the company.  ARCC will gain new curriculum which may be applied to other machining and manufacturing companies.

    Contact:  Steve Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

                                                                                            

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    Minneapolis Community & Technical College

    Delta Airlines

    $376,958

    Partnership

    This MJSP project is a unique partnership between Delta Airlines and Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) which involves the relocation of MCTC’s Aircraft Mechanics program (including three aircraft, turbine and reciprocating engines) onto Delta facilities at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.  Currently, there is no practical way for employees in the Twin Cities to work and receive training as the closest training program is over 300 miles away.  Delta has offered use of newly remodeled classroom space, access to its metalworking shop and is planning to remodel space in order to meet the FFA requirements.  The 72-credit program will be offered year-round to accommodate 50 employee’s work schedules.  Training will be open to non-Delta employees in the third year of the project.  This onsite program will allow employees to continue working while completing the program, which will result in tremendous earnings potential upon completion.  The partnership will allow MCTC to retain and important technical program in Minnesota that leads to high-paid careers. 

    Contact:  Reede Webster, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 612-659-6501

     

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    Pine Technical College

    Stantec

    $150,000

    Partnership

    Stantec, located in St. Paul, is a full service engineering, planning and environmental science firm with 192 employees.  Pine Technical College will work with Stantec to develop a training program covering a broad area of subjects needed to address issues that are negatively affecting the profitability of the company.  All 192 employees will participate in new and customized courses that are applicable to their positions.  Courses include:  Financial Literacy and Business Knowledge; Communicating Techniques for Difficult Performance Issues; AutoCADD, Civil3D and REVIT; High Impact Presentations; OSHA and Confined Space.  Certification Training will also be offered which will allow Stantec to bid on MnDOT projects.  All training will be conducted on-site with college credits awarded for the successful completion of some courses.  As a result of this project, each employee will be better training, more productive and efficient which will help Stantec prosper.  Pine Technical College will gain capacity with new credit courses which can assist other companies with similar needs.    

    Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical College, 800-521-7463

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Cloud Technical & Community College

    Talon Innovations Corp.

    $275,000

    Partnership

    Talon is a precision machined products company located in Sauk Rapids and an industry leader for medical contract manufacturing, aerospace CNC machining, and gas delivery systems for the semiconductor industry.  A partnership with St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) will assist Talon’s growth strategy to expand their medical device manufacturing capabilities via training for all 100 current and 20 new employees.  The 20 new hires will be trained as machine operators.  Current and newly proficient machine operators will be trained to become machinists and move on to machine programmers through courses such as SolidWorks, GD&T, Blueprint Reading, Machine Operations, Clean line and Clean Room.  Supervisors and office staff will be trained in Enterprise Resource Planning using a new Epicor software system.  All employees will participate in ISO 13485 Certification training and Lean/Six Sigma.  This project will help Talon meet its production and expansion objectives and give employees the opportunity for career advancement and wage increases.  SCTCC will build upon its machining programming and gain expertise in Epicor software.

    Contact:  John Hart, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, 320-308-5066

      

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Cloud Technical & Community College

    WFSI

    $300,000

    Partnership

    WFSI, Inc., located in Sauk Rapids, is a nationally recognized leader in the fabrication and assembly of critically welded components for the oil and nuclear industry.  With 48 current employees, WFSI is relocating to a larger facility and plans to add 32 new jobs in the next three years.  In partnership with St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC), all 80 employees will receive training to advance their skills and support the company expansion.  New hires will complete Basic Welding training and some will continue on to Advanced and/or Master Level Welding.  Incumbent workers already in the welding field will complete Advanced/Master Welding.  A Standard Operating Procedures course will be customized for all employees encompassing software training on computers that includes advanced courses such as SolidWorks and Epicor.  Supervisors will participate in Leadership training.  Training will provide durable skills and advancement opportunities for employees.  SCTCC will gain educational capacity; specifically, SCTCC intends to incorporate the new Sub-arc Welding curriculum into its existing welding program.

    Contact:  John Hart, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, 320-308-5066

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MSC-Southeast Technical

    ProAct

    $200,000

    Partnership

    Dedicated to providing employment opportunities to special needs individuals, ProAct provides area businesses with workplace employees and assembly, packaging and light manufacturing products and services.  ProAct currently employs over 700 individuals in four facilities located in Red Wing, Eagan, Zumbrota and Hudson, WI.  A partnership with MSC-Southeast Technical will help ProAct strengthen their unique market position, improve productivity and services, and position them for growth.  Training will be developed and delivered to 140 employees (130 Job Leaders, Admin/Support).  Electronic Document Training will be customized to train employees on new proprietary software.  Job leaders will participate in four new courses related to special needs workers.  Two Lean components will include an adapted Lean course for 10 special needs workers.  Four individuals will be trained to legally administer medications (for ProAct workers) via a TM (Trained Medication Administration) course.  Finally, a cadre of 12 employees will participate in Job Coaching, Special Needs Lean and Managed Environmental Safety and will serve as internal trainers for ProAct.  This project will increase the capacity of MSC-Southeast Technical with new courses in adapted Lean for special needs workers. 

    Contact:  Calli Ekblad, MSC-Southeast College, 651-385-6320

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MSC-Southeast Technical

    Northern Engraving

    $235,000

    Partnership

    Northern Engraving (NE) is a leading supplier of nameplates and decorative trim to a variety of markets.  Headquartered in Sparta, WI, they have five U.S. production sites.  Due to improving economic conditions, the company is expanding its Spring Grove operations.  With 147 current employees, they expect to add 80 new jobs by 2015.  A partnership with MSC-Southeast Technical will provide training to 227 incumbent and new employees. Technical training will include CNC/PLC Programming, Set-up and Troubleshooting, and Lithographic Press Operation.  Lean courses will be customized to be implemented in a “quick change” environment.  A Key Core Tools course will train new production workers how to use plant specific aids so that job duties can be performed productively and will be required of all new employees before they begin work on the factory floor.  A selected group will participate in Operational Leadership training and Microsoft 2013.  All courses will result in hour-based certification.  Training will provide employees with durable and transferable skills and help the company successfully implement the production processes necessary to help the business improve efficiencies, remain competitive and increase profitability.  MSC-Southeast Technical will gain capacity through four new courses and the development of a new on-line Leadership training module.

    Contact:  Calli Ekblad, MSC-Southeast College, 651-385-6320

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MSC-Southeast Technical

    Cytec

    $323,975

    Partnership

    Cytec is a multi-national company specializing in providing a wide range of global specialty chemicals and engineered materials.  A recent initiative to relocate its California engineering materials production operations to Winona requires Cytec increase its production facilities and train its current 126 employees along with 65 new hires.  MSC-Southeast Technical will work with Cytec to develop a customized training that will focus primarily around new technology with additional skills training for key positions.  Courses include Core Chemistry; Lab Protocol/HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography); Maintenance Training (Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics); Statistics; Laboratory Information Management System; Auditor Standards; and Machine Operator.  Training will be hourly based with certification provided.  This project will ensure a skilled and efficient workforce and assist the company to successfully expand operations in Winona.  MSC-Southeast Technical will expand its capacity in the areas of advanced technical production training.

    Contact:  Calli Ekblad, MSC-Southeast College, 651-385-6320

  • August 12, 2013 - Dakota Co. Technical College/Hose/Conveyors, Inc.

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota Co. Technical College

    Hose/Conveyors, Inc.

    $43,959

    Short Form

    Hose/Conveyors, Inc., located in Eagan, is a premier hose and conveyors manufacturing facility with 29 current employers. The continued development of the company’s workforce is crucial to maintain a competitive edge and drive the business forward. MJSP funding will support a partnership between Hose/Conveyors and Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to customize training to accommodate the specific needs of the workforce. Courses include: Fluid Power, Basic Mechanical Troubleshooting, Basic Electrical Troubleshooting, Process and Standard Operating Procedures, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Office Excel, Business Communications and Leadership. Training will deliver durable and transferable skills to the employees and help them to produce the high-quality products needed to remain competitive in a global industry. DCTC will leverage the training techniques developed to further advance its ability to deliver industry-demanded skills training for other parts of the manufacturing sector.

    Contact: Larry Lewis, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8276

     

  • June 3, 2013 - Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Shippers Supply

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Shippers Supply, Inc.

    $48,812

    Short Form

    Shippers Supply, Inc. (SSI), located in Hopkins, is a wholesale distributor of shipping supplies, packaging solutions, equipment and services for a wide variety of businesses and industries. Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) will develop and deliver training for the entire workforce of 32 employees over a one-year period. Customized and new courses include: Understanding “Fit”, Personal Alignment, Employee Engagement, H.R. SWOT Assessments, Demand Segmentation, A3 Problem Solving, and HR Metrics. A Train-the-Trainer for selected employees will create an internal capacity to advance its human resources on a sustainable basis. Courses will be conducted on-site with hourly based ARCC Certificates awarded at completion. Training will enable SSI employees to use their talents to fully vest themselves in their work, advance their position, increase job satisfaction, maximize earnings potential and, at the same time, fuel SSI growth. ARCC will add new capacity in developing human resource advancement training for distribution companies in in integrative management.

    Contact: Steve Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

  • June 3, 2013 - Mpls. Community & Technical College/Airtex Design Group

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Minneapolis Community & Technical College

    Airtex Design Group

    $45,000

    Short Form

    Airtex Design Group is a cut-and-sew firm specializing in custom design and fabrication of high-quality sewn goods for commercial and medical industry clients. They currently have 34 employees, of which 25 are production sewers. To meet growth demands, they plan to add 20-40 additional sewers over the next three years. Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will develop and deliver a sewing, cutting, and production training for employees with courses such as: Airtex Foundations for Success; Production Processes; Basic Sewing Machine Operation and Maintenance; Sewing Methods; Managing the Production Floor; Line Inspection; Spreading/Bundling Processes, Teamwork Principles and Effective Workplace Communication. Much of the curriculum is new and will serve a growing textile industry in the Twin Cities and complement MCTC’s existing Apparel Technologies degree program. Training will expand employee skills and prepare selected employees for advanced positions and will allow Airtex to sustain current business and pursue new opportunities.

    Contact: Victoria Lauing, Mpls. Community & Technical College, 612-659-6509

     

  • June 3, 2013 - Dakota Co. Technical College/ST Specialty Foods

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    ST Specialty Foods

    $48,588

    Short Form

    ST Specialty Foods is a food manufacturer of premier dry dinners and side-dishes that include macaroni and cheese, add-meat skillet dinners, pasta and rice side dishes, and sliced potato side dishes. They currently employ 100 employees in Brooklyn Park. ST Specialty Foods will partner with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to develop curriculum for training on existing and new plant operations. Courses will focus on the needs of the manufacturing operators and the advanced maintenance technicians as well as selected production managers and administration personnel. Courses include: Basic and Advanced Mechanical Troubleshooting; Basic and Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting; Process and Standard Operating Procedures Development; Microsoft Office, and Business Communication. Training will help the company to better compete in a global industry and provide high-quality products. DCTC plans to leverage the training techniques developed through this grant to further advance its ability to deliver industry-demanded skills training for other parts of the food manufacturing sector.

    Contact: Larry Lewis, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8276

  • June 3, 2013 - Century College/Ayrshire Electronics

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Century College

    Ayrshire Electronics

    $49,975

    Short Form

    Ayrshire Electronics is an electronic manufacturing services company that manufactures printed circuit board assemblies, mechanical sub-assemblies and complex final assemblies and provides business, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain solutions to meet customer needs. Located in White Bear Lake, the company employs 133 individuals. Ayrshire and Century College will work together to customize curriculum for 56 employees. Century College will use state-of-the-art equipment, provided by Ayrshire to train production employees and technicians. Training areas will include: Electronics, Lean/5S, Ball-Grid Array Removal & Printed Circuit Board Rework/Repair, Wave Soldering Operator, and IPC Certification. Curriculum will incorporate IPC standards for certification and will be delivered jointly by Century trainers and Ayrshire experts. Training will help the company remain competitive and will provide durable skills to trainees; some will receive IPC certifications. Century College will gain experience from this project which will transfer to other electronics manufacturers and biomedical equipment service providers.

    Contact: Jeralyn Jargo, Century College, 651-779-3235

  • June 3, 2013 - Normandale Community College/Andersen Corp.

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Normandale Community College

    Andersen Corporation

    $275,000

    Partnership

    The Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America and has long been a major area employer, with approximately 3,000 individuals currently employed at the Bayport, MN plant. Training for 595 selected employees will focus on four general areas – Accelerating Andersen and Business Acumen; Responding to Constant Change; Transforming to Lean Innovation; and Building High Performance and Agile Teams. New and customized courses will be delivered on-site at Andersen’s facilities, utilizing both online and classroom formats. CEUs will be awarded. Training will position Andersen’s workforce to navigate the increasingly complex world of high-tech manufacturing. Normandale will gain capacity to deliver training in the areas of preparing for, leading and sustaining change; lean transformation; creating and managing high-performing teams; and business/financial acumen that can be customized for other businesses and also be beneficial to jobseekers and those in career transition.

    Contact: Jeff Hudson, Normandale Community College, 952-358-8705

  • June 3, 2013 - St. Cloud State University/Access America Transport

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Cloud State University

    Access America Transport

    $150,000

    Partnership

    Founded in 2002, Access America Transport (AAT) has nine branches and 340 freight consultants in the U.S. Its Brooklyn Park office currently has 144 employees with plans to add 60 new employees during the two-year project duration and 500 new jobs over the next five years. St. Cloud State University (SCSU) will collaborate with AAT in the customization and delivery of Logistics Training curriculum. A total of 204 employees (44 current and 60 new) will attend sixteen one-hour courses over the length of the grant and each will receive a folder with job aids that correspond to the training. Courses include: Company Overview, Daily Updates/Accountability, Terminology, Calling Carriers, Equipment Searches, Contact Procedures & Organization, Telemarketing, Generating New Leads, and Sales Tactics and include lesson plans, visual aids, hands-on activities and an evaluation. Separate training packets will be developed and distributed to 16 AAT trainers for future training needs. As a result of this project, AAT employees will increase their knowledge and skills through a concise, professional training program which can be used for future hires. SCSU will expand its instructor capacity in logistics and transportation.

    Contact: Tammy Anhalt-Warner, St. Cloud State University, 320-308-4252

  • June 3, 2013 - Pine Technical College/Mid-Continent Engineering

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Pine Technical College

    Mid-Continent Engineering, Inc.

    $198,811

    Partnership

    Mid-Continent Engineering (MCE) is a build to contract manufacturing company in Minneapolis which performs all aspects of machining, plus applications in sheet metal, chemical conversions and precision welding of aluminum. With 98 employees, they plan to add seven new jobs over the grant period.

    MCE will work with Pine Technical College (PTC) to design curriculum focusing on four main areas: Machine Shop Technical (i.e., Blueprint Reading, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Gas & Arc Welding); SolidWorks (i.e., Essentials, Drawings, Sheet Metal, Weldments); Enterprise Resource Planning (i.e, Engineering Change Order, Non-Conformance & Corrective Action, Statistical Process Control); and Leadership (i.e., Effective Teamwork, Collaborative Problem Solving, Inspiring Trust, Understanding Leader Communication). All employees will receive training in one or more areas. PTC will deliver customized and new courses combining classroom and on-the-job training. Depending on the courses, college credits or CEUs will be awarded. Training will result in increased skill sets for employees, improved productivity, and the ability to support growth of the company through new product introductions. PTC will gain new courses in the areas of SolidWorks and Quality Control and build upon others in the area of blue print reading and leadership which will be a resource for other manufacturing companies with design needs.

    Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical College, 800-521-7463

  • June 3, 2013 - Pine Technical College/Eaton Hydraulics Group

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Pine Technical College

    Eaton Hydraulics Group

    $250,000

    Partnership

    Eaton Hydraulics Group (EHG), located in Eden Prairie, is a global leader in hydraulic components, electrical products, power transmissions, lighting and wiring products, hybrid power, filtration and aerospace. Pine Technical College (PTC) will partner with EHG to develop curriculum which will be delivered to all 260 employees depending on their position/need. A combination of classroom and on-the-job training will result in college credits upon successful completion. Workforce skills will be upgraded via courses such as Grinding, Blueprint Reading and CNC Machining, along with a new Grinders Apprenticeship Program. Customer service needs will be met through courses such as Root Cause Analysis, Continuous Improvement, Design for Manufacturing, Excel and Access. Machine Guarding, Ergonomics, Workstation Analysis, First Responder and Compliance Safety Recording will address safety concerns and courses such as Conducting Effective Meetings, Project Management, Positive Leadership and Diversity Inclusion will be also provided. Customized training will help EHG achieve their workforce and company goal to become the number one PMC in the world and continued company success. PTC will gain educational capacity with the development of new courses.

    Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical College, 800-521-7463

  • June 3, 2013 - Rochester Community & Technical College/IBM

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Rochester Community & Technical College

    IBM

    $239,973

    Partnership

    The IBM facility in Rochester is a part of the world’s largest information technology company and a major employer with several thousand employees who provide a broad spectrum of integrated solutions and innovative technology that support smarter computing solutions. IBM will work with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) to develop new curriculum which will be delivered to 500 selected employees. Training will consist of three main areas: 1) Connectivity - will examine components of remote work and remote connections using technology and utilization of personal devices to connect across the globe. 2) Productivity - will explore topics relating to increasing productivity with global teams. 3) Human Collaboration - will focus on the concept of collaborating in a global environment along with technology and IBM tools that support building and enhancing global teams. Training will be offered in a hybrid model with theoretical components offered online to prepare trainees for the classroom discussions that will incorporate technology demos, hands-on technology labs and case study/scenario debriefs. SMEs will co-teach the curriculum which will ensure relevance to IBM’s workplace and increase knowledge of RCTC faculty in new technology areas. Training will result in increased productivity of IBM employees working on global projects; increased utilization of technology and increased connectivity between global teams. RCTC will gain new capacity through the development of new courses which will strengthen their ability to respond to the needs of similar businesses.

    Contact: Abbey Hellickson, Rochester Community & Technical College, 507-529-2736

  • June 3, 2013 - Rochester Community & Technical College/Mayo Clinic

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Rochester Community & Technical College

    Mayo Clinic

    $300,000

    Partnership

    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is comprised of Mayo Clinic, Saint Mary’s Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital. These three entities form the largest integrated medical center in the world and employ over 33,000 staff. Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) will work closely with Mayo Clinic subject matter experts to develop new curriculum which will be delivered to 176 employees. Targeted trainees include executives, portfolio managers, program and project managers, business analysts and project team members. Curriculum will be cover three main areas – 1) Program Management (Project Management Essentials, Managing Projects at Risk, Project Teams Roles); 2) Project Management Technical Skills (Project Methodologies & Standards; Tools & Techniques, Advanced Business Analysis, Status Reporting); 3) Project Business Acumen (Managing the Triple Constraint, Project Budgeting, Project Resource Management) – and will be adjusted depending on the audience (executives vs. project team members). Online modules will be completed followed by classroom activities and discussion delivered by RCTC on-site at the Clinic. Training will assist Mayo Clinic with increased efficiencies and cost reductions, thus, improving quality or services offered and profitability. All of the curriculum developed will be new to RCTC and will strengthen its educational capacity in the area of project management practices and online learning. The project is also expected to result in a long-term training partnership between RCTC and the Mayo Clinic.

    Contact: Abbey Hellickson, Rochester Community & Technical College, 507-529-2736

  • June 3, 2013 - St. Cloud Technical & Community College/New Flyer America

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Cloud Technical & Community College

    New Flyer America, Inc.

    $375,000

    Partnership

    New Flyer is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in the U.S. and Canada with more than 2,000 employees worldwide and two U.S.-based plants, both in Minnesota – Crookston 35 employees) and St. Cloud (590) employees. New Flyer has identified an emerging market for a smaller, light-weight, and more fuel-efficient bus. St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) will help New Flyer focus on their recent facilities expansion that will enable them to allocate additional production capacity, and house a new assembly line to make a brand new product, the CNG engine Midi-Bus.

    Curriculum will be jointly developed and delivered to 567 employees (166 new). New hires will receive Basic Core Skills training (Safety, Imperial Math & Measurement, Lean 1010) as part of their orientation and then be scheduled into Advanced Core Skills training (Skills (First Angle Projection, GD & T, Metric Math & Measurement) along with incumbent employees. Selected employees will complete Welding Symbols and CNG Power Unit Assembly, Inspection and Fuel Station Operation along with International Certification in CNG-related areas. Training will be delivered in St. Cloud at New Flyer or the SCTCC.

    This training will increase the skills of the New Flyer workforce, provide new jobs and allow New Flyer to ramp-up and be first to manufacture and market Midi-Buses in North America. SCTCC will enhance their capacity with new courses and expanded instructional methods. SCCTC instructors will gain trainer certification for Fuel Management & Maintenance training and CNG Inspector Certification. With this certification, SCCTC can provide training to other fleet business in the region and also incorporate new knowledge and skills into credit programs.

    Contact: John Hart, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, 320-308-5066

  • June 3, 2013 - Lake Superior College/Cirrus Design

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Lake Superior College

    Cirrus Design Corporation

    $91,544

    Pathways

    Cirrus Design Corporation is the second largest manufacturer of single engine, general aviation aircraft in the world. With about 650 current employees, Cirrus is projecting the addition of 60-80 new assemblers by the end of 2013 to keep up with production demands. Challenged to find qualified assemblers, Cirrus has had to hire individuals with little or no experience resulting in longer training cycles and increased turnover rates. Cirrus will partner with Lake Superior College to develop and implement an Aircraft Assembly Pre-employment Program. Duluth Workforce Center and SOAR Career Solutions will recruit and screen eligible participants. Sixty participants will be enrolled in classroom training, delivered at the College, which covers: Aircraft Structure and Terminology, Shop Math, Basic Computers, Composite & Mechanical Assembly, Production Systems, and Quality Systems. Upon successful completion of the classroom component, participants are interviewed by Cirrus. If hired, they begin paid on-the-job training followed by a budgeted job position completed under a trainer who evaluates workmanship, knowledge and abilities. Upon verified proficiency, participants are issued their manufacturing stamp and recognized as qualified in their budgeted job position. This project will provide low income individuals with a direct pipeline to assembly jobs at Cirrus. Cirrus will be able to hire participants and begin assigning them to production through their OJT format knowing that they possess the required skills. Lake Superior College will gain expertise in the aviation industry and develop new curriculum that can be portable to other industry partners.

    Contact: Steve Wagner, Lake Superior College, 218-733-5934

  • June 3, 2013 - Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners/N. Hennepin Comm. College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

    North Hennepin Community College

    $145,000

    Low Income

    Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) is a non-profit organization with a 34-year history of serving low-income families and individuals of eight West Hennepin suburban communities (Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata). Located in Plymouth, the IOCP houses the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health satellite office and Wayzata Public Schools Community Education. These on-site partners offer a variety of services as well as links to outside resources to help families in crisis and support their efforts toward stability. This project will provide 144 low income individuals with skills training in partnership with North Hennepin Community College (NHCC). IOCP will recruit and screen participants who will be required to complete IOCP’s 15-hour work readiness training program and a six hour Soft Skills training (both covered via other funding sources) in preparation for six NHCC short-term certificate courses – Accounting (20 trainees), Administrative Assistant Professional (29 trainees), Leadership/Supervision (30 trainees), Project Management (35 trainees), Marketing/Social Media (10 trainees), and Computer Proficiency for Business (20 trainees). These courses were selected in consultation with IOCP’s employer partners and target specific skills that are in demand by employers across all industries and occupations (i.e., Billing Clerk, Medical Secretary, Office Manager, and Advertising Sales). Participants will be expected to complete the course within one year and will have full access to the support services provided by the on-site partners.

    Contact: Kathryn Johnson, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, 763-489-7540

  • June 3, 2013 - Jewish Family & Children's Services of Mpls./Creating IT Futures Foundation

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Minneapolis

    Creating IT Futures Foundation

    $196,890

    Low Income

    Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Minneapolis (JFCS) offers a variety of services that include career exploration, counseling, case management, job search assistance, job placement, and retention support as well as foundational training (i.e., financial literacy, personal development/soft skills). Barriers to employment are addressed through direct career services as well as referrals to other programs and resources. JFCS is partnering with the Creating IT Futures Foundation to start 60 low-income individuals on a pathway to successful information technology (IT) careers. Creating IT Futures Foundation brings the promise of well-paying IT jobs to populations which are traditionally under-represented in the IT workforce. The three-track program consists of – IT-Ready Bootcamp (for those not yet prepared for the rigors of the Apprentice Program), IT-Ready Apprentice (for those who have the skills needed to succeed in training) , and IT-Ready 2.0 (for those who are over qualified for IT-Ready Apprentice, but need help finding a job.) MJSP funds will be used for the IT-Ready Apprentice track which involves eight weeks of technical training (i.e., hardware, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance, operating systems and software) and business skills training (i.e., work ethics, communication). Successful students will receive CompTIA A+ certification followed by placement in a six-month paid ($15/hour) apprenticeship. Over the course of their apprenticeship, trainees can complete two additional no cost on-line certification courses that will enable their advancement in the field. Employer partners such as Covidien, Health Partners, Medica, Medtronic and Tek Systems have affirmed that successful apprentices will serve as a primary candidate pool from which they will fill open positions.

    Contact: Margie Earhart, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 952-542-4815

  • June 3, 2013 - Anoka County Job Training Center/Anoka Technical College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka County Job Training Center

    Anoka Technical College

    $154,000

    Low Income

    The Anoka County Job Training Center (ACJTC) provides employment and training services to the residents of Anoka County who are most in need of services (i.e., unemployed, economically disadvantaged, and/or face multiple barriers to gaining employment). The ACJTC has successfully created and/or implemented several innovative programs through the development of intergovernmental and community based partnerships. In partnership with Anoka Technical College, 40 low income individuals will receive Precision Sheet Metal Training which will provide them with skills to enter employment in a high demand occupation with opportunity for advancement. There is demonstrated success with this model with proven outreach and assessment strategies, customized curriculum in place, and employer connectivity and commitment to the partnership. Outreach and recruitment will occur through the WorkForce Center, colleges, and employer partners. Prior to technical training, participants attend an orientation session and complete a 24-hour Shop Math course to prepare them for entry into the technical training and foster success. The 100-hour Precision Sheet Metal Training, delivered by Anoka Technical College, includes Shop Safety and Tools; Applied Shop Math; Blue Print Reading; Hand & Measuring Tools; Workplace Skills; and Machine Usage for Laser, Turrett, and Press Brake. Training will result in hands-on skills machinery experience, an increased awareness of the value of on-going skills development, and a better understanding of the Manufacturing industry. The targeted job would be a sheet metal worker with duties that include fabrication and assembly of sheet metal products and equipment. Workshops provided during training will teach resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing tactics, etc. to build confidence and increase chances of obtaining employment. Employers will attend a graduation ceremony/job fair to take applications and interview graduates for positions.

    Contact: Sandy Froiland, Anoka County Job Training Center, 763-783-4819

  • June 3, 2013 - Workforce Development Inc./Riverland Community College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Workforce Development, Inc.

    Riverland Community College

    $65,175

    Low Income

    Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) is a private, non-profit agency with a long history of serving the needs of job seekers and employers in Southeast Minnesota. Services are focused on both low-income and disadvantaged populations and delivered through ten area offices (six of which are Minnesota Workforce Centers (WFCs)). The Healthcare industry in the southeast region is unique in that it is centered in Rochester, home to the Mayo Clinic. Within the region, Healthcare represents 26% of total employment in Minnesota. MJSP funding will support 192 low-income individuals in a two-phase training program starting with WDI’s Pre-employment Academy; followed by Certified Nursing Assistant training at either Riverland Community College or South Central College. WDI’s Pre-employment Academy will be conducted in partnership with local WFCs, WDI offices and area employers. The Academy provides potential students with an orientation and understanding of the career opportunities along the Healthcare career pathway. Individuals not suited for healthcare are referred to other careers. Assessments, background checks and other screening tools ensure candidates are eligible for and ready for training. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements will be referred to area Adult Basic Education centers to build their skills. Needed support services will be leveraged from other sources depending on eligibility and funding. Workforce Centers and WDI offices will provide recruiting, assessments, career counseling and case management throughout the project. Once certified, employer partners will provide interviewing preference for project graduates.

    Contact: Becky Thofson, Workforce Development, Inc., 507-259-5209

  • June 3, 2013 - Central MN Jobs & Training/Ridgewater, Pine & Anoka Technical Colleges

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services

    Ridgewater College, Pine Technical College, Anoka Technical College

    $56,277

    Low Income

    Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. (CMJTS) operates county, state and federal employment and training programs in the 11-county Central Minnesota WSA 5 region (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, and Wright counties). In cooperation with several area educational institutions, 40 low-income individuals will receive training for entry-level employment in high-growth, high demand industries. Regional partners will refer potential students to CMJTS who will provide assessments and screening to ensure they meet enrollment conditions and have the ability to benefit from one of five training options – Extended English Language Learners/Certified Nursing Assistant (3 credits) (15 trainees) co-delivered by Ridgewater College and Glacial Lakes Adult Basic Education (ABE) with modified curriculum and an extended timeframe that will enable non-native/low-skilled English speakers to complete training and certification; Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide (5 credits) (5 trainees) delivered by Anoka Technical College; Certified Nursing Assistant (3 credits) (5 trainees) delivered by Pine Technical College; Professional Tractor Trailer Program (5 trainees) delivered by Interstate Truck Driving School (ITDS) includes permit test, CDL road test and placement services through ITDS; and Administrative Assistant Professional Program (10 trainees) delivered by Benchmark Learning Center at the Monticello WorkForce Center, which includes training and test prep software and exam vouchers for up to four MS Office certifications. Students who are co-enrolled in public assistance programs will receive support services as program guidelines allow and job placement assistance.

    Contact: Barbara Chaffee, Central MN Jobs & Training, 763-271-3711

  • June 3, 2013 - Rural MN CEP/Northwest Technical College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.

    Northwest Technical College

    $186,500

    Low Income

    Rural Minnesota CEP (RMCEP), located in Detroit Lakes,provides employment and training services through many programs and has a successful history of operating special grants and training related projects in partnership with MnSCU institutions. RMCEP in among a group of organizations organized to form the Minnesota Innovation Institute (MI2), to secure a High Performance Training Center which will support the region with a level of talent and skills that will maximize the human capital and fulfill business needs in the region. RMCEP is partnering with Northwest Technical College (NTC) to provide 80 low-income individuals with short-term training in Maintenance for Operators (12 trainees) which focuses on the basics of machine operation; and CNC Operator (48 trainees) which will prepare trainees for certification from the National Institute of Metal Workers. Training will be delivered at the new High Performance Training Center. DEED/Job Service will recruit potential trainees through coordination with RMCEP, Vocational Rehabilitation and other local organizations. Entry into the training will require a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) at the silver level. (Currently, there are over 400 individuals in Bemidji that have completed the NCRC certificate and have a level of silver or above.) Needed support services will be provided via other funding sources. Always There Staffing will work with NTC and DEED Business Services Representatives to identify jobs upfront and guarantee job orders from regional businesses. Individuals will interview with perspective employers before starting training and have a job offer waiting for them once they have successfully completed the training program.

    Contact: Vicki Leaderbrand, Rural MN CEP, 218-846-7400

  • June 3, 2013 - MN African Women's Association/N. American Medical Academy

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    MN African Women’s Association

    North American Medical Academy

    $83,538

    Low Income

    Located in Brooklyn Center, The Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA) serves Pan-African women to increase their community integration and economic self-sufficiency. MAWA is requesting MJSP funding to address a major gap between the number of low-income Pan-African women in the Twin Cities’ Metro area that indicate interest in training to become Certified Nursing Assistants/Home Health Aides (CNA/HHA) and the relatively limited number of women that are able to attend and complete training. This training project will give 100 Pan-African women an opportunity to become certified and gain employment that is a significant step in moving away from welfare or minimum wage jobs. Training will be delivered through The North American Medical Academy (NAMA), located in Minneapolis. The NAMA combines training for CNA and HHA in one certification training program consisting of a minimum of 120 hours minimum (and up to 136 hours). This includes two days of practical experience in a hospital setting and 2-4 days clinical internship in a nursing home setting. Participants will have the option to take the certification exam for CNA or HHA or the combined exam. Of the 100 students, 50 will also complete Certified Trained Medication Aide and 25 will complete a Mental Health First Aid Course, which will position them to earn, on average an addition $3.00/hour. With a mix of funding from other sources, MAWA will provide assessment, screening and referral; job placement; and financial assistance with day care and transportation. MAWA and NAMA both have a good existing network of employer contacts to assure a high rate of job placement following graduation.

    Contact: Melissa Nambangi, MAWA, 763-561-2224

  • June 3, 2013 - Workforce Solutions/Century College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Workforce Solutions

    Century College

    $173,989

    Low Income

    Ramsey County Workforce Solutions (WFS) in cooperation with their community partners provides an array of services which include preparing job seekers with the skills necessary to become marketable and better equipped to compete within the local job market. In partnership with Century College, 100 low income individuals will be trained via the Healthcare and Truck Driving Pathways Program. Qualified and training-ready candidates must first complete a 32-hour National Career Readiness course (MN Ready) delivered by WFS and DEED staff to learn labor market information specific to healthcare and truck driving careers. Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructors will prepare students for college classes by providing basic computer training and will continue to provide ongoing support such as tutoring and exam preparation instruction to help participants successfully pass their final exams. The Healthcare courses – Nursing Assistant, Trained Medication Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, and CPR for the Healthcare Provider (65 trainees) will be delivered by Century College and offered at various locations and times to best meet the needs of the students. In addition to the CNA course, all students will complete CPR and Trained Medication Aide coursework to enhance their marketability. Following class completion, they will be placed on a work experience site while they prepare for the certification exam. Through WFS’s Changing Lives program, students will also participate in a weekly job club and receive job placement assistance. Fifteen MFIP (MN Family Investment Program) participants who are currently working as PCAs or Home Health Aides, but not earning enough to exit the program, will be targeted for the career pathways strategy. After successful completion of Trained Medication Aide and Phlebotomy Technician certification, participants will be coached and guided into jobs with higher wages and more available work hours. The Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) Training (10 trainees) will be delivered at the college’s Transportation Training Center in Afton, MN. Upon passing the CDL license exam, participants will be considered for hire by Transport America, a local trucking firm with plans to add 50 drivers a week. Both Century College and WFS have close working relationships with a number of area employers will consider program graduates for job openings.

    Contact: Kate Probert-Fagundes, Workforce Solutions, 651-779-5655

  • Project for Pride in Living/PPL, Minneapolis Comm. & Technical College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Project for Pride in Living

    PPL, Minneapolis Community & Technical College

    $93,808

    Low Income

    Project for Pride in Living (PPL) serves low-income individuals in the Twin Cities region through a broad range of highly integrated programs and services. With their training partners, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) and Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Education, PPL has developed and implemented a wide range of successful employment training programs which help low-income individuals build skills and advance into careers in high growth jobs. PPL’s intensive screening process benefits the program, employers and participants. Support services are integrated throughout training to ensure the basic needs of participants are met while they pursue educational goals and employment. Through MJSP funding, 85 low-income individuals will be enrolled in a PPL Health Career Pathways training program. Twenty-four individuals will be enrolled in the Medical Clerical program which consists of four weeks of paid training combining classroom and on the job internship with an employer partner. Thirty-six individuals will be enrolled in Advancement for Certified Nursing Assistant, a 4-week program to aid in career advancement among those with Minnesota certification and at least one year of experience. Twenty-five current Certified Nursing Assistants will be enrolled in the Long-Term Care Certificate program, co-instructed by MCTC. This advanced certificate program consists of three months of coursework and 50 internship hours at a partnering facility. Graduates receive 10.7 CEUs and two credits. This places them in an arena for positions such as nursing aides and health information coordinators at long-term care facilities, as well as creates a bridge to further post-secondary education. All programs conclude with resume and interview preparation, one-on-one employment coaching, job placement and up to 12 months of retention services. Current employer partners include: Augustana, Ebenezer (part of Fairview Health Services), Epsicopal Homes, and North Memorial Medical Center.

    Contact: Steve Cramer, Project for Pride in Living, 612-455-5203

  • June 3, 2013 - SOAR/Lake Superior College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    SOAR Career Services

    Lake Superior College

    $84,480

    Low Income

    SOAR Career Solutions is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive and relationship-based services to help people overcome barriers, integrate into the community and get living wage jobs. SOAR provides multi-phase programming that begins with intake, assessment and case management through job search, job skills training, employment and job retention. SOAR works in a formal referral partnership with the Duluth Workforce Center and the Adult Learning Center. MJSP funds will provide 44 low income individuals with training needed to secure a living wage job with career advancement opportunities. Lake Superior College will customize two existing courses – Welding (24 trainees) and Industrial Sewing (20 trainees) – which will develop measurable competencies required by the manufacturing industry. Other funding sources will be used to support pre-employment readiness screening and training, case management and supportive services during and after coursework. In addition, a computer training module will be available to help students gain skills to utilize online systems and build job search skills after technical coursework is completed. Through MnSCU Workforce Assessment meetings and discussions at the Northern Aero Alliance, local and regional businesses have identified workforce shortages in both of these areas. A number of manufacturing employers (i.e., Genesis, Exodus, Stanley-LaBounty, Cirrus Aircraft) have recently relocated or expanded in the region and have indicated the need for well-trained welders; industrial Sewing companies (i.e., Frost River, SCS Aircraft Interiors, K1 Sportswear) continue to grow and prosper in the area.

    Contact: Emily Edison, SOAR Career Services, 84,480

  • June 3, 2013 - Twin Cities RISE!/Dakota Co. Technical College

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Twin Cities RISE!

    Dakota County Technical College

    $59,609

    Low Income

    Twin Cities RISE! (TCR!) provides long-term job training to individuals facing multiple barriers to employment and financial independence. TCR!’s innovative Personal Empowerment Skills Training addresses a number of soft skill areas that helps low-income adults get and retain living wage jobs at extremely high levels (81% after 12 months). TCR!’s strong relationships with area employers assure training is market-driven and that participants have the skills needed to succeed on the job. TCR!, in conjunction with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) and participating Minneapolis and St. Paul hotels, will offer Hospitality Operations Service Training (HOST) to 80 low-income individuals through three courses – Guest Services Representative (27 trainees), Banquet Set-Up (38 trainees) and Room Attendant/House Person (15 trainees). These courses were identified based on the match will the skills and experience of those served by TCR! and the hiring needs of the participating businesses who have committed to consider HOST graduates for job openings. Eligible participants must pass a criminal background check and successfully complete at least two, one-week TCR! sessions including core curriculum in Personal Empowerment, beginning and intermediate computer classes, career exploration and job search, and writing and communication classes. These classes will provide a strong foundation in the skills needed for success on the job. Curriculum will be delivered by DCTC and TCR! in addition to one-on-one coaching and supportive services (paid for by other funding sources). Upon completion, TCR! will provide job placement assistance through the participating businesses. After placement, TCR! coaches will continue to work with participants for up to 24 months in order to promote retention and assist with career growth.

    Contact: Shelley Jacobson, Twin Cities RISE!, 612-279-5868

  • June 3, 2013 - Employment Action Center/MN Resource Center

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Employment Action Center

    Minnesota Resource Center

    $100,000

    Low Income

    Employment Action Center (EAC), one of four divisions of RESOURCE, Inc., is one of the largest providers of employment and training services for low-income individuals in the Twin Cities. MN Resource Center (MRC), another division of RESOURCE, Inc., provides career training programs specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with barriers to employment, particularly those with low education or skill levels. Based on business partner feedback, training programs focus on both technical and interpersonal skill development of learners. The incorporation of specific activities including small class size, one-on-on instruction, and addressing transportation and/or childcare issues, drives the success and high placement and job retention rates of the programs. Ongoing job development and exclusive employer connections give participants access to the hidden job market. This project will provide training to 32 low-income EAC participants for entry into office support and maintenance/custodial occupations. EAC and MRC will partner with a wide range of community-based agencies to assist with outreach and referral. An introductory training, Workplace Essentials will provide all learners with basic technical, interpersonal, customer service, and computer skills needed to enter customer service/clerk positions in a variety of industries. After completion, participants may choose to begin looking for employment or move into one of two advanced training tracks: 1) Business and Computer Applications Specialist (19 trainees) introduces trainees to more advanced computer skills, business math, and financial computer applications and completion of the Microsoft Office Word Certification exam for skills needed to enter advanced level office support positions or hospitality related job; 2) Maintenance/Custodial Skills Training (10 trainees) includes plumbing, restroom/office cleaning, carpentry, drywall and painting, floor care, heating and air conditioning, prep for certified pool operation certification and boilers license. Participants will also receive paid on-the-job training and job seeking skills. After successful completion of training, participants will receive on-going support, and job search and placement assistance.

    Contact: Carrie Scheffler, Employment Action Center, 612-752-8833

  • February 25, 2013 - Anoka Ramsey Comm. College/Anoka Tech./Bermo, Micron, EJ Ajax, Eco Finishing, Pentair

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College

    Bermo, Inc.; Micron Metalworks; EJ Ajax & Sons; Eco Finishing; Pentair

    $49,621

    Partnership (Pre-Development)

    This Pre-Development grant will expedite the process of bringing together energy providers and industrial energy users to develop technical curriculum in response to Minnesota legislation. Because of the newness and complexity of the project, this grant will lay the frame work for a subsequent Partnership proposal. Anoka Ramsey Community College/Anoka Ramsey Technical College (ARCC/ATC) will collaborate with five Minnesota manufacturing companies (Pentair, Bermo, Inc., Micron Metalworks, EJ Ajax, and Eco Finishing) as well as subject matter experts from Xcel, Great River Energy, MnTAP and the Center for Energy and Environment to develop an accredited education program to train energy management technicians that can work in the manufacturing industry. A total of 105 trainees will be identified to participate in the pilot program consisting of two levels of training – 1) foundational training, consisting of 12 courses (i.e., Calculating Energy Savings, Sustainable Energy Conservation) that will provide individuals with enough training so as to be able to initiate energy saving activities within their respective companies. 2) technical training, consisting of nine courses (i.e., New Energy Saving Controls, Utilizing and Maintaining Solar Panels, Heat Recovery and Uses) that will enable trainees to effectively perform energy saving techniques. Both a new certificate and a new degree program are possible under this grant. In addition, a new occupational category will be created (Energy Management Technician).

    Contact: Jon Olson, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1201

  • February 25, 2013 - Dakota Co. Technical College/Rani Engineering

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    Rani Engineering

    $49,406

    Partnership (Short form)

    Rani Engineering, located in Minneapolis, is a consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, land surveying and rail signal engineering. With a current workforce of 34, the company is experiencing significant growth in the area of rail signal engineering. MJSP funds will support a partnership between Rani Engineering and Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to customize training for 33 engineering and support staff at Rani. Advanced courses include Rail Signals I, II and III (including emerging Positive Train Control applications); Project Management; and Civil 3D Software. DCTC will be able to take training concepts developed through this partnership to additional engineering firms in Minnesota and integrate curriculum into existing credit and customized training.

    Contact: Marlo Miller, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8612

  • February 25, 2013 - St. Paul College/Innovize

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Paul College

    Innovize, Inc.

    $231,000

    Partnership

    Headquartered in St. Paul, Innovize, Inc. has over 50 years of offering innovative product manufacturing solutions. MJSP funds will support a partnership with St. Paul College to assist the company as they transition to a custom medical contract manufacturer. St. Paul College will develop a comprehensive program focusing on six core training areas – Innovize University Fundamentals, Leadership Certificate, Manufacturing Process Optimization and Quality Systems, Manufacturing Standards and Compliance, Manufacturing Principles and Practices, and Workplace Communication. Coaching support will help each employee customize their own training plan to address their specific educational needs and career path opportunities. Training for the entire workforce of 108 will be delivered on-site at the company. This project will help the business to strengthen their unique market position, improve products and services and position them for growth. St. Paul College will expand their capacity in specialized medical manufacturing with the Corporate University model which can be customized for other Minnesota medical manufacturers.
    Contact: Paul Dalton, St. Paul College, 651-846-1429

  • February 25, 2013 - Dakota Co. Technical College/Dominium

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota Co. Technical College

    Dominium

    $144,935

    Partnership

    Dominium, located in Plymouth, is a rapidly growing property management company with 850 employees across the U.S. and 351 employees in Minnesota. Dominium will partner with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to provide training to meet the needs of their employees at three levels – technical, site leadership and corporate leadership. Courses include Interpersonal Communication for Technical Staff, Marketing Strategies, Community Association Management, Financial Aspects of Property Management, and Business Development. Training will be delivered through DU Online with some limited technical training delivered in classroom format. A total of 228 employees will participate during the project period; after the project period, coursework will be available on demand for continued education and workforce development. DCTC will provide credit equivalents for completed coursework so employees can work toward achieving a certificate in Property Management and Leadership. Employees will gain skills which will help the business increase efficiency and cost savings. DCTC will expand their capacity with the development of online curriculum which can be utilized to meet the training needs of other Minnesota companies.

    Contact: Scott Gunderson, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8600

  • February 25, 2013 - Century College/Kraus-Anderson Construction

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Century College

    Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.

    $198,000

    Partnership

    Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, based in Minneapolis, is one of Minnesota’s largest heavy construction employers with over 300 employees. Century College will work with Kraus-Anderson to develop and deliver three new curriculum models in Virtual Design and Construction, Innovative Construction Products and Technology, and Mobile Technologies and Leadership Skills. Training for 337 employees will be delivered on-site at the company as well as at Century College’s Afton Training Facility lead by a team of both company and college instructors. Instruction will be project based and consist of three phases: synchronous group instruction’ asynchronous job-site applications and knowledge and skills using the VDC tools, new materials and mobile technologies; and synchronous group work guided by instructors to gather feedback and troubleshoot problems. Training will enhance the skills of Kraus-Anderson’s workforce which will help to increase cost-effectiveness and retain the competitive edge of the company. The project will result in new capacity for Century College with the addition of courses which are directly applicable to the construction industry.

    Contact: Jeralyn Jargo, Century College, 651-779-3200

  • February 25, 2013 - Mpls./Community & Technical College/Thermo King

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Minneapolis Community and Technical College

    Thermo King

    $317,000

    Partnership

    Thermo King, headquartered in Minneapolis, is an industry-leading manufacturer of refrigerated and temperature control systems for trucks, trailers, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company employs about 4,500 employees at their facilities across the U.S. and 564 employees in Minnesota. Through MJSP funding, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will work with Thermo King to design and deliver Lean training for the “knowledge worker” – a new approach to Lean which focuses on the planners, designers and engineers outside of the production environment. Seventeen courses will focus on identifying and eliminating waste, developing tools to gather data and information to drive actions, developing systems to replicate work and knowledge transfer needs. All 564 employees will participate in at least one course. Classroom training will also be developed as electronic modules which will be readily updated and applicable as eLearning or asynchronous instruction. In addition, MCTC architectural faculty will work with student interns to research space and furniture options and provide experimental design options for workspaces that are more conducive to cross-functional training and sharing of knowledge. As a result of training, Thermo King will be able to streamline its operations, increase productivity and improve response time to customers. MCTC will benefit from new curriculum which will be applicable to other businesses.

    Contact: Reede Webster, Mpls. Community & Technical College, 612-659-6501

  • February 25, 2013 - Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Faribault Foods

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Faribault Foods

    $250,000

    Partnership

    Faribault Foods is a leading contract manufacturer of canned and frozen food and beverages. Four facilities (Cokato, Elk River and two in Faribault) along with the corporate office located in Minneapolis employ about 600 Minnesotans. Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) will work with Faribault Foods to develop and deliver training focusing on three main topics: 1) Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) training will provide a thorough understanding and application of the new software system. 2) Total Productive Maintenance training will include eleven technical courses such as Equipment Reliability, Planned Maintenance, and Safety and Environment. 3) Sustainable Manufacturing will consist of six courses that include Energy Management, Green Chemistry and Pollution Solutions. A Train-the-Trainer component will help to sustain educational capability. A total of 558 employees will receive training in one or more areas depending on their positions. Most training will be delivered in the classroom at the company and CEUs will be awarded. Training will address an immediate need to improve manufacturing productivity and performance, reduce time for the introduction of new technology and increase time on task in preventative maintenance activity, and maximize the capacity of the workers to transition to a Green environment. ARCC will gain new courses in the areas of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems and Sustainable Manufacturing.

    Contact: Stephen Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

  • February 25, 2013 - MN West Community & Technical College/JBS Worthington Plant

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN West Community & Technical College

    JBS Worthington Plant

    $281,000

    Partnership

    The JBS Worthington Plant is one of the largest meat processing plants in Minnesota and a major area employer with 2,300 union workers. In partnership with the MN West Community and Technical College, 248 employees will receive training through new and customized courses which include; Maintenance for Meat Processing, Welding for Maintenance, Food Processing Plant Safety, Manufacturing Supervision and Quality Food Processing Improvement. Coursework will be delivered at the MN West campus and result in certificates, CEUs and credits for completion of training. Fifteen non-grade maintenance mechanics will complete a new 24-credit Industrial Maintenance degree program which will be collaboratively developed through this grant. Training will help the business to increase productivity and ensure long term growth as well as provide trainees with skills that lead to career advancement opportunities. MN West will build capacity to meet an identified education void for the region and continue meeting the workforce demands of the manufacturing sector.

    Contact: Dawn Regnier, MN West Community & Technical College, 507-223-1313

  • February 25, 2013 - Lake Superior College/New Page Duluth Mill

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Lake Superior College

    New Page Duluth Mill

    $91,768

    Partnership

    The New Page Duluth Mill, located in Duluth, employs about 285 individuals and is the leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America. MJSP funds will support a partnership with Lake Superior College to implement the production process necessary to increase efficiency and competitiveness in the industry and to address the challenges of an aging workforce and the growing need for cross-trained staff. Training modules, customized to train 105 employees, include: Advanced Manual Machining, Bearing Training, Crane Inspection, Electrical Code Class, Fall Protection, Hydraulics, Industrial Ethernet, Pipe Fitting Identification, and Leadership Training. Lake Superior faculty will deliver the training at the company site. Training will provide employees with skills that will enhance their ability to increase the uptime of equipment, optimize operations and reduce costs, thereby improving the Mill’s viability into the future. Lake Superior College will increase its instructor capacity in the paper manufacturing sector which can be utilized for training similar companies with highly customized product lines.

    Contact: Steve Wagner, Lake Superior College, 218-733-5934

  • November 5, 2012 - MN State Comm. & Tech. College/Eventide Senior Living Center

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State Community & Technical College

    Eventide Senior Living Center

    $49,114

    Partnership (Short form)

    Located in Moorhead, Eventide Senior Living Center is a leading provider of long-term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and senior housing. MN State Community and Technical College (M State) will partner with a previous MJSP grant recipient, Northland Community and Technical College, who will share created Lean curriculum for long-term health care. M State will customize and deliver courses which include a one-hour Overview of Lean for all 291 employees, as well as Process Improvement, Root Cause Analysis, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizan Events, 5S and Lean Leadership for selected individuals. Training will help Eventide remain competitive and result in improvements in patient outcomes; improved quality, less harm due to preventable errors, better access and better service. M State will gain expertise in Lean for long-term care facilities which will serve the needs of other businesses in the region.

    Contact: Mary Ryan, MN State Community & Technical College, 218-849-2655

  • November 5, 2012 - Pine Technical College/WSB & Associates

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    Pine Technical College

    WSB & Associates, Inc.

    $49,982

    Partnership (Short form)

    WSB & Associates, based in Minneapolis, is a consulting firm which provides services in the civil engineering, planning, environmental and construction fields. WSB has 159 current employees. Through MJSP funding, Pine Technical College will work with WSB to customize a training program to address skill deficiencies and increase the competitiveness of the company. A total of 64 employees will be selected for training. Courses such as Developing Teams and Motivating People, Developing Peak Performers, Communication Styles and the Impact on Decision Making, and Dealing with Negative Behavior will help Senior leaders and management interact more effectively with company employees. Technical Writing, Micro Station, Civil 3D and Auto CADD courses will help selected employees to increase their competitive edge during bidding and project planning. Trainees will earn college credits for successfully completed courses.

    Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical College, 1-800-521-7463

  • November 5, 2012 - University of MN/Van Wagenen Financial Services

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    University of Minnesota

    Van Wagenen Financial Services, Inc.

    $248,845

    Partnership

    van Wagenen Financial Services is a privately-held company based in Eden Prairie, which provides specialized services that include customized mortgage solutions, debt protection, insurance, leasing, mortgage technology/services and outsourcing. The University of Minnesota will utilize the findings of a 360 assessment/competency evaluation to create a training program for all 292 employees of van Wagenen. Executives and managers will attend a five-day Leadership program combining communication tactics with core competency skills development through courses that include: Leading Change, Innovation/Creativity, Interpersonal and Influencing Skills, Conflict Resolution and Coaching/Mentoring. Certificate-based courses will be developed for Sales & Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Business Analyst and Data Analysis. In additional, several one and two-day courses will be developed uniquely for employees seeking skills training to support individual development plans – Developing Leadership Skills, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication, Dealing with Difficult People, and Working Assertively. Company leaders will have the opportunity to attend tailored one-day sessions focusing on Strategic Planning, Risk Management, and Implementing Process Change. Training will help van Wagenen improve performance, increase competitiveness and provide credentials and career laddering opportunities for their workforce. The University of Minnesota will build capacity to respond to a growing demand for corporate-wide training that supports organizational strategic goals and will help meet the needs of the Financial Services Industry.

    Contact: Thomas Norman, University of Minnesota, 612-626-6784

  • November 5, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College/MPC

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County
    Technical College

    MPC

    $216,376

    Partnership

    MPC, located in Mendota Heights, has 149 employees who provide services throughout the lifecycle of information technology equipment in the areas of procurement, deployment, management and retirement. Over a two-year period, Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) will work with MPC to develop and deliver training to all employees. A combination of classroom and on-line courses include – Operator Machine Training, De-manufacturing Techniques, Recycling Techniques, Parts Recovery, Hazardous Materials ID and Disposal, Computer Diagnostic Software Training, Computer Hardware Testing, Computer Rebuild and Refurbish, Soldering, Welding, Process Improvement Strategies, Mobile Training Technology, Machine Guarding and Safety, Learning Management System Content Creation, Computer Skills, Lean Processes and a Train the Trainer. Training will help to ensure employee safety, environmental protections and the upholding of certification standards; increase the skill levels of employees related to testing, break/fix technical skills, data sanitization and overall knowledge of evolving technologies; and improve MPC’s ability to compete within the worldwide market. The customization of existing curriculum and development of new curriculum will strengthen DCTC’s Information Technology programs and the ability to meet the needs of other businesses.

    Contact: Marlo Miller, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8612

  • November 5, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College/Quality Ingredients Corporation

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County
    Technical College

    Quality Ingredients Corporation

    $115,332

    Partnership

    Quality Ingredients Corporation (QIC), located in Burnsville, is a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan company which specializes in producing powdered ingredients and toll drying and blending services for food processing companies across North America. To meet the needs of its growing toll drying business, QIC is expanding its plant through the acquisition of new equipment and the creation of 20 new manufacturing positions. Over a two-year period, Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) will work with QIC to develop a customized skills training which will be delivered to all 75 employees-owners. A combination of classroom and computer-based learning includes the following courses: Operator Automation, Systems Troubleshooting – Hybrid Delivery, Boiler’s License Requirements, Welding for Sanitary Processes, Computers and Math for Technicians, Continuous Skills Coaching, Process and Standard Operating Procedures Development, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Business Communications and Lean Office. Training will support the new technology and provide critical skills that will allow employees to successfully perform and advance in their various capacities. DCTC will gain new capacity in the area of Operator Automation training and Standard Operating Procedures Development.

    Contact: Marlo Miller, Dakota County Technical College, 651-423-8612

  • November 5, 2012 - St. Cloud State University/Bernick's

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Cloud State University

    Bernick’s

    $156,139

    Partnership

    With corporate headquarters in Waite Park, Bernick’s has five plant locations (Twin Cities, Duluth, Brainerd, Bemidji, and Dresser, WI) with 503 employees in Minnesota. Over the next two years, they plan to acquire additional Minnesota-based facilities and add 52 new employees. In addition to distributing food and beverages, Bernick’s installs, services and refurbishes refrigeration equipment for its customers. To remain competitive, the company is transitioning from a paper system to a more efficient warehouse management system (WMS). St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is partnering with Bernick’s to develop a training program that will introduce 101 employees to the features and navigation of the WMS/Voice Pick Solution system. Training will include web-based modules utilizing Adobe Captivate and Lectora Inspire software. Minneapolis Community and Technical College will collaborate with SCSU to provide Refrigeration training customized specifically for Bernick’s technicians. Training will result in increased productiveness, efficiencies and overall skill sets of Bernick’s employees and will help to endure the continued success of the company. SCSU will gain capacity in the areas of WMS/Voice Pick Solutions, Adobe Captivate 6 and Lectora Inspire software and will be able to market the Refrigeration training to similar industries and commercial refrigeration companies.

    Contact: Tammy Anhalt-Warner, St. Cloud State University, 320-308-4252

  • November 5, 2012 - Pine Technical College/Ryan Companies

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Pine Technical College

    Ryan Companies, US, Inc.

    $225,000

    Partnership

    Ryan Companies specializes in integrated project delivery; building information modeling; and sustainable design for offices, retail, industrial, public sector, alternative energy, health care, higher education, multi-family and senior housing. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Ryan employs 330 employees in Minnesota. As the company rebounds from the downturn in the building market, employee training is needed to help achieve its goal of continued growth. Pine Technical College will work with Ryan to customize training for 356 employees (includes 26 new hires). Courses that include Proliance Project Management, Business Information Modeling Design and Technical Writing, Business Development Sector Marketing and Business Development Sector Selling Strategies, will train employees how to identify, pursue and penetrate new market sectors. The development of a new Adaptive Project Financial Modeling plan will focus on budgeting and cost forecasting customized for individual projects. With new construction projects now requiring LEED and Asbestos Certification, Pine Technical College will develop an internal training program for LEED Certification and Asbestos Abatement along with a Train the Trainer for both. A combination of classroom and on-the-job training will be delivered at Ryan offices and will result in college credits for completion of class requirements. The training project will help to increase operational efficiencies and long-term growth of Ryan Companies. Pine Technical College will fain new capacity and expand their ability to respond to the needs of the construction industry in Minnesota.

    Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical College, 1-800-521-7463

  • November 5, 2012 - Itasca Community College/MN Diversified Industries

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Itasca Community College

    Minnesota Diversified Industries

    $260,000

    Partnership

    Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) serves people with disabilities and disadvantages through training, rehabilitation and employment opportunities which offer a variety of products (totes, boxes, recycling bins) and services (shrink wrapping, assembly, packaging) to business customers. Over the past year, the company has created 250 new jobs and has a current workforce of 416. Itasca Community College (ICC) will work with MDI to address training needs at all three locations (St. Paul, Hibbing and Grand Rapids). All employees will participate in five of ten courses which include: ISO 9001 2008 Overview for Certification, ISO 9001 Manager and Supervisor Certification and ISO 9001 Employer Orientation Training; Employee Accountability Training; Employee Safety Training (Dupont STOP Program); Process Communication Model, Lean 6S, Lean Kaizen, and Lean Office. Training will enhance MCI’s ability to compete and grow their business and continue to serve the disabled population. ICC will gain new capacity in Process Communication Model and DuPont Safety STOP Program. One ICC instructor will gain Master Trainer Safety Certification which will provide other businesses in the region with cost effective behavior based safety training. ICC staff will also be certified in Process Communication Model and will be able to train staff of the five colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District.

    Contact: Gail Anderson, Itasca Community College, 218-322-2468

  • August 27, 2012 - Dakota Co. Tech./Connexus, Crow Wing Power, People's Energy Coop.

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    Connexus Energy, Crow Wing Power, People’s Energy Cooperative

    $49,976

    Partnership (Short form)

    This project is a partnership between Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) and three Minnesota electrical cooperatives: Connexus Energy, located in Ramsey; Crow Wing Power, of Brainerd, and People’s Energy Cooperative, of Rochester. DCTC will work with the three cooperatives to develop an Electric Meter Technician training program which will address the labor shortages in this industry. A total of 101 meter technicians, electricians and line workers will be selected for training by the participating companies. Curriculum will consist of both hard copy and electronic formats and include Electrical Safety for the Power Utility Worker (metering safety, arc-flash awareness and NFPA 70E); Electricity/Electronics (generation, transmission and connection); Metering Fundamentals (revenue, kWh metering, mechanical and electronic systems, principles of operation and Calibration, installation and wiring); and Smart Grid Technology 9nderstanding of the application of advanced metering infrastructure, communications and energy control methodology). State-of-the-art equipment, provided by the electrical cooperatives, will be used in the training. The intent of this program is to be recognized as the standard for the Upper Midwest Metering Association such that up-to-date meter technician training resources are available, maintained and accepted universally by the electric utility industry. These courses will be submitted to the State Electrical Board for approval to satisfy the requirement for continuing education. Training will result in Metering Technician staff with higher levels of competency, safety and performance; employees will be eligible for promotions based on performance and competency.

    Contact: Larry Raddatz, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8276

  • August 27, 2012 - International Institute of MN/International Institute of MN

    Grantee

    Training Provider(s)

    Amount

    Program

    International Institute of Minnesota

    International Institute of Minnesota

    $100,000

    Low Income Worker

    The International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN) is a non-profit agency in St. Paul that assists new Americans in transition and offers comprehensive services to refugees and immigrants through an integrated program of resettlement, education, employment training and cross-cultural services. Their national-recognized Medical Career Pathways Program prepares individuals for entry-level employment to advanced positions in the healthcare industry through a three-component career ladder. The Nursing Assistant Training (NAR), combines state-mandated curriculum with an English-as-a-Second Language curriculum focusing on medical vocabulary and key medical concepts along with intensive support. After NAR graduates have worked as Nursing Assistants for at least six months, they can apply for the College Readiness for Medical Careers which prepares them for the rigors of college coursework. Once students complete this training, they qualify for the final component, the Medical Career Advancement (MCA) Program, where they receive career counseling and ongoing academic guidance to develop a strategic plan for career advancement. MJSP funds will cover the instruction and certification costs for 30 NAR students and the partial tuition of 15 clients who will participate in the MCA Program to achieve medical career upgrades through Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse training.

    Contact: Jane Graupman, International Institute of MN, 651-647-0191, ext. 312

  • August 27, 2012 - Employment Action Center/MN Resource Center

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Employment Action Center

    Minnesota Resource Center

    $100,000

    Low Income Worker

    As divisions of RESOURCE, Inc., Employment Action Center (EAC) and Minnesota Resource Center (MRC) have more than 50 years of experience providing workforce development services to low-income individuals in the Twin Cities metro area. Its Business Partner Council members, comprised of more than 70 employers, are engaged in curriculum development, work readiness training, mock interviews and placement. Through MJSP funding, 35 low income individual will receive training needed to enter employment in the manufacturing and office support industries. Introductory Training Track: Workplace Essentials (60 hours) for all trainees will focus on basic technical, interpersonal, customer service and computer skills needed to begin employment as a customer service specialist in a variety of industries. At completion, individuals may choose to begin looking for employment or move into an advanced training track. Business & Computer Application Specialist Plus (166 hours) will provide skill sets needed for employment in Accounting Support and advanced level Office Support positions. Coursework incorporates advanced computer and customer service skills as well as preparation for and completion of the Quickbooks Certification Exam. Core Manufacturing 101 (128 hours) will provide skill sets needed to pursue employment in general manufacturing, warehousing, customer service, inventory control and shipping and receiving positions. Coursework will include further development of math skills; intro to micrometers, calipers; shipping and receiving; warehousing; ISO standards; and blueprint reading. Core Manufacturing 102 (100 hours) will provide skill sets needed to pursue soldering positions in a wide range of manufacturing positions by incorporating the preparation for and taking of the soldering J-Standards and IPC A – 610 Standards Certifications, as well as 20 hours of hands on soldering training.

    Contact: Carrie Scheffler, Employment Action Center, 612-752-8833

  • August 27, 2012 - Summit Academy/Summit Academy, IBEW 292, Henn. Cty. STS Homes Program, Local 49

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Summit Academy OIC

    Summit Academy OIC, IBEW Local 292, Hennepin County STS Homes Program, I.U.O.E. Local 49 Training Center, Minneapolis Community & Technical College

    $100,000

    Low Income Worker

    Summit Academy OIC, an accredited vocational school based in North Minneapolis, serves neighborhoods with the largest concentration of minority workers and poverty in the Twin Cities. Their mission to help individuals become self-sufficient is achieved by educating and training low-income adults for jobs that pay a living wage, and connecting workers to employers by working collaboratively with local businesses, government agencies and labor unions. Summit leadership have recruited industry partners in the development and execution of curriculum which provides graduates with a solid industry-wide skill set that allows them flexibility in the job market. MJSP funding will support 100 low-income individuals in the 100 Hard Hats Pre-Apprentice Construction Program. The 20-week course involves 10-weeks at Summit Academy learning construction basics, safety, hand and power tools and print reading and construction site preparation, building materials, and working for business success; followed by 10 weeks of training specific to the trade selected by students. Students can select specialty areas in carpentry, weatherization and green/commercial roofing; rehabilitation technician with training provided in partnership with Hennepin County’s Sentencing to Service Homes program for individuals on probation; pre-apprentice welding with training provided in partnership with Minneapolis CTC; pre-apprentice electrician with training provided by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292; and pre-apprentice heavy equipment operator with training provided in partnership with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49. Graduates of the program receive 20 credits along with HAZMAT and OSHA Certification, CPR and First Aid. Summit has established partnerships with many area companies who are involved in upcoming constructions projects that will allow them to directly channel graduates into jobs.

    Contact: Louis J. King, II, Summit Academy OIC, 612-278-5234

  • August 27, 2012 - Goodwill Easter Seals/Goodwill Easter Seals

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota

    Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota

    $100,000

    Low Income Worker

    Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota (G/ESM) assists individuals with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals. In partnership with local businesses and a Business Advisory Council, G/ESM continuously redefines its processes to create industry-cluster training programs which provide participants an integrated package of instructional, job placement, and career advancement services. MJSP funding will support training for 41 low-income individuals in one of three training programs: 1) Automotive Services Technician Training (Metro) – Fifteen individuals will be prepared for entry-level positions in vehicle maintenance and repair delivered at a new facility in the Midway area of St. Paul. 2) Financial Services/Call Center Skills Training (St. Cloud) – Ten individuals will complete training for a variety of occupations in Banking and Customer Service Call Centers with classes delivered at US Bank. 3) Medical Office Training (Metro) – Sixteen individuals will complete training for occupations such as patient rep, insurance specialist, or other related positions with classes held within local employer businesses. All three programs run 8 weeks (150 hours) and combine classroom instruction, on-the-job training, industry guest speakers, tours, and employment readiness training. In addition, each program has a mobile computer lab available in the classroom with industry specific software. Each program curricula was designed with and for employers through Business Advisory Councils; U.S. Bank, Health Partners, Jiffy Lube and University of Minnesota Family Physicians, actively recruit and hire graduates of G/ESM training programs and have indicated a continued need for workers in these areas. G/ESM will provide ongoing support and career advancement services to all graduates of the project.

    Contact: Sheila Olson, Goodwill/Easter Seal, 651-379-5864

  • August 27, 2012 - Lifetrack Resources/Lifetrack Resources, Century College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Lifetrack Resources

    Lifetrack Resources, Century College

    $97,814

    Low Income Worker

    Lifetrack Resources is among the major non-profit providers of employment services in Minnesota, with most services in Ramsey and Hennepin County. MJSP funding will support a partnership between Lifetrack Resources and Century College to provide Customer Service Representative training to 110 low-income individuals. Lifetrack will deliver the 60-hour Customer Service Rep training at their University Avenue Job Search Center. Curriculum includes computer skills competency, guest speakers from local companies and videotaped mock interviews. Also included are essential skills (e.g., time management, conflict resolution, good work habits) that employers report are the most needed. (This portion of training will be funded via other sources as it helps participants obtain and retain employment.) Century College faculty will deliver Basic Sales and Supervisory Management training where trainees will learn to identify characteristics that lead to more successful sales and customer service interactions in the workplace. Job counselors and trainers will work as a team to ensure participants receive needed services (child care, transportation) to move towards graduation. After successfully completing the program, participants will receive a certificate for computer training and a formal credential from Century College in Sales and Supervision and 9.6 CEU (college equivalency) credits. Lifetrack graduates will also receive job placement and job retention support.

    Contact: Cindy Toppin, Lifetrack Resources, 651-265-2362

  • August 27, 2012 - SOAR Career Solutions/Lake Superior College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    SOAR Career Solutions

    Lake Superior College

    $81,048

    Low Income Worker

    SOAR Career Solutions if a non-profit organization that provides career services to individuals in Duluth and the surrounding area. SOAR provides multi-phase programming that begins with intake, assessment and case management through job search, job skills training, employment and job retention. SOAR works in a formal referral partnership with the Duluth Workforce Center and the Adult learning Center. Based on past experience, SOAR has made several programming changes that include increased pre-employment readiness training, more thorough screening to determine training readiness, and increased support services during training to ensure higher course completion rates. Through MJSP funding, 40 individuals will be trained in one of two non-credit certificate courses delivered by Lake Superior College. The two courses are Medical Office Assistant (24 trainees), which provides a foundation of office procedures, business communications and computer skills with an emphasis on medical office terminology and procedures; and Over-the-Road Truck Driver (16 trainees), which prepares students to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License through coursework on tractor-trailer basic and advanced operation techniques, safety, log books and weight distribution. Both training programs will help to meet the workforce needs of the community.

    Contact: Rebecca Ellenson, SOAR, 218-722-3126

  • August 27, 2012 - NW Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center/NW Technical College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    NW Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)

    NW Technical College at Bemidji

    $95,040

    Low Income Worker

    The NW Indian OIC, headquartered in Bemidji, provides employment and training services to American Indians living off the reservation and other under or unemployed individuals in Northwest Minnesota. Their service area includes Minnesota’s poorest counties, with the worst health conditions and lowest educational attainment. In cooperation with other training organizations and agencies, the OIC works to identify and eliminate barriers to successful skills training and employment. Unique to the OIC are post-placement services for a minimum of 180 days. In partnership with Northwest Technical College, NW Indian OIC will provide training to 54 low-income individuals leading to Nursing Assistant Certification. A structured Pre-training Orientation will provide interested individuals with detailed information about job duties, work environments and schedules, etc. and a screening tool will be implemented to support a high placement and completion rate. Trainees will receive 34 hours of instruction in American Red Cross First Aide & CPR, Customer Service and Microsoft Word delivered by the OIC. Northwest Technical College will deliver the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training which requires 120 classroom hours of lecture, lab and medical examination preparation. Modified instruction schedules help to maximize attendance and alleviate potential barriers. Needed support services, such as child care and transportation, will be contributed from other funding sources.

    Contact: Tuleah Palmer, NW Indian OIC, 218-759-2022

  • August 27, 2012 - Rural MN CEP/MN Comm. & Tech. College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.

    Minnesota Community & Technical College (M State)

    $99,000

    Low Income Worker

    Rural MN CEP (RMCEP) is the administrative entity for the MN Workforce Service Area (WSA) 2 Workforce Investment Board and provides the majority of the staff in eight Workforce Centers in the region. WSA 2 consists of 19 counties in north central and central Minnesota. RMCEP provides employment and training services through many programs and has a long history of strong partnerships with the MnSCU institutions as their primary training provider. In partnership with MN State Community & Technical College (M State), RMCEP will provide a tailored welding training program to low-income unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers that will focus on honing current skills or initiating a pathway into manufacturing careers. In preparation for this project, RMCEP surveyed manufacturers in their service region who indicated a shortage of skilled welders and a need for blueprint reading skills. Needed support services and work readiness assistance will be provided via other program funding sources and includes the National Career Readiness Certificate (NRCR), an industry-recognized evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success (i.e., problem solving, reading and using work-related text, applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems, setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations). Thirty participants will participate in the 160-hour Welding training which will be brought on location throughout the region (two sessions in Little Falls, one in Morris, one in Alexandria area) through a self-contained welding trailer. Curriculum will include gas metal arc (MIG), shielded metal arc (Stick or SMAW), and tungsten inert gas (TIG) as well as oxyacetylene and plasma cutting and applied blueprint reading, which will prepare trainees for the American Welding Certification examination.

    Contact: Vicki Leaderbrand, Rural MN CEP, 218-846-7400

  • August 27, 2012 - Workforce Development/MN State College-SE Tech, Riverland, Rochester CTC, South Central College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Workforce Development, Inc.

    MN State College-SE Tech, Riverland Community College, Rochester CTC, South Central College

    $100,000

    Low Income Worker

    Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to developing and advancing the workforce in SE Minnesota. Services are focused on low-income and disadvantaged populations dealing with multiple barriers to achieving meaningful employment and community businesses who must maintain a quality workforce to remain competitive. WDI is partnering with four area colleges and other industry partners to provide training to 60 individuals to prepare them for jobs in the healthcare or manufacturing industries. Participating Workforce Centers (Albert Lea, Austin, Faribault, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona) and rural WDI offices will provide recruiting, assessment and case management for students throughout the project. Potential students must past a background check and meet required scores on the National Careers Readiness Credential (NCRC) to ensure they have specific skills required for their career pathway. A job counselor will complete assessments and develop a career plan for each student. Students will participate in either a Healthcare or Manufacturing Academy to gain an understanding of the obligations and career opportunities along their career pathway and prepare them to be successful in college training with tutoring and study skill assistance. Before moving to a 120-hour Nursing Assistant course at a partnering college, students will receive Medical Terminology, Introduction to Chemistry and Freshman English leveraged through FastTRAC. Training will prepare students for CNA certification. The Welding course will be offered at a partnering college and focus on Gas, Metal and Arc Welding 1 as well as practice in the open lab. Training that will result in the American Welding Society D1.1 credential, OSHA-10 Safety Certification, and Forklift Driving Certificate. WDI counselors and Academy coordinators will support students throughout their college courses through their credential attainment and also offer post placement retention services. Once certified, employer partners in the region provide interviewing preference for graduates.

    Contact: Becky Thofson, Workforce Development, 507-259-5209

  • August 27, 2012 - Employment & Training Center-Pine Tech./Pine Technical College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Employment & Training Center – Pine Technical College

    Pine Technical College

    $99,348

    Low Income Worker

    Under contract with the Human Services Departments of several area counties, the Employment and Training Center (ETC) of Pine Technical College (PTC) provides employment services for MN Family Investment Program (MFIP) and Diversionary Work Program (DWP) participants in Region 7E (Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Pine and Kanabec counties in East Central Minnesota). ETC is also a full partner in the Cambridge Workforce Center and the Workforce Investment Board. The Continuing Education division offers a broad range of courses designed for an individual’s professional growth and development, while the Customized Training division provides education and training tailored to businesses’ specific needs. PTC has developed a network of partnerships that promote economic growth. The Healthcare Alliance and Manufacturing Alliance are regional efforts by PTC to build relationships with area businesses focused on specific industry needs. Through MJSP funding, Pine Technical College will offer short-term training to support Region 7E’s need for skilled workers in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. Certified Nursing Assistant (42 trainees) requires 84 hours of training which includes concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum and basic nursing skills. Introduction to Manufacturing/Welding (22 trainees) requires 120 hours of training which includes safety and welding principals in the manufacturing environment. Successful completion of the courses will earn credentials which are industry-accepted by the state (CNA), the American Welding Society (AWS), as well as by the Manufacturing and Healthcare Alliances.

    Contact: Tony Gantenbein/Jason Spaeth, ETC/CETC-Pine Technical College, 320-629-5159/5175

  • August 27, 2012 - SW MN Private Industry Council/MNWest Comm. & Tech. College, SW Adult Basic Ed.

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.

    MN West Community & Technical College, Southwest Adult Basic Education

    $100,000

    Low Income Worker

    The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) serves the 14-county area of Southwest Minnesota and provides employment and training services to dislocated workers and low income individuals. In partnership with MN West Community and Technical College (MN West CTC) and Southwest Adult Basic Education (ABE), Southwest PIC will provide Welding and Metal Fabrication/Machine Tool Technology training to 46 low income individuals. Several manufacturers in the region (i.e., Case New Holland, Contractor of Choice, AGCO, Spec Sys, Inc., Toro, and Granite Fluid Power) have indicated an ongoing need for skilled workers in these areas. Welding Training will be delivered by MN West CTC utilizing their mobile welding lab through southwest Minnesota. Sixty students will learn industry and specific welding environment safety, equipment setup and operation of Gas Metal Arc and Shielded Metal Arc welding equipment, and blue print reading for welders. Hands-on instruction will prepare trainees for the American Welding Society D1.1 Welding Qualification Test (first level welding certificate), an industry-recognized credential. Metal Fabrication/Machine Tool Technology Training will be delivered by MN West CTC at their Granite Falls Campus. Twenty-four students will learn industry and machining safety, equipment setup and operation of precision tools, lathes, milling machines, vertical mills, programming CNC machines and blueprint ready for machinists. Through a proven integrated instruction approach, Southwest ABE instructors will work together in the classroom with MN West CTC instructors, using a variety of teaching strategies to assure student success.

    Contact: Juanita Lauritsen, Southwest MN PIC, 507-537-6987

  • August 27, 2012 - Anoka Cty. Job Training Center/Anoka Tech. College, Anoka Ramsey Comm. College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka County Job Training Center

    Anoka Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College

    $77,550

    Low Income Worker

    MJSP funding will support a partnership with Anoka Technical College (ATC), Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) and Anoka County Job Training Center to continue the Universal Health Care Worker for Older Adults initiative. This program prepares entry level health care workers for a more diversified role in community and assisted living settings by providing a menu of service options from which older adults and others needing assistance in daily living can choose from. As a training prerequisite, prospective students will attend a 5-hour Work Orientation which includes a comprehensive description of work activities, expectations and the culture of caring for older adults. Accuplacer testing, eligibility determination, assessment and criminal background checks are also completed. This is followed by a 100-hour Prep Class which covers medical terminology, foundational skills in reading/writing and math, and computer literacy to prepare students for college entrance and success in the program, provided and funded by Metro North ABE. MJSP funds (leveraged with MN FastTRAC funds) will support 60 students in the 144-hour Universal Health Care Worker for Older Adults training. Four training cohorts will be offered over the two year grant period. Classes include: Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide, Introduction to Integrative Health and Healing, and Directing and Supporting Activities for Older Adults and Culture Change. Students will earn seven (7) college credits and a Nursing Assistant Credential qualifying them for employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide. This training will meet the needs of local employers, specifically – Crest View Senior Communities, Columbia Heights; Volunteers of America National Service, Eden Prairie’ Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck, New Brighton; and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, St. Paul – who have indicated interest in hiring graduates of the program.

    Contact: Sandy Froiland, Anoka County Job Training Center, 763-783-4819

  • August 27, 2012 - Lao Assistance Center of MN/Dakota Co. Technical College

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota

    Dakota County Technical College

    $49,200

    Low Income Worker

    The Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM), located in Minneapolis, was formed in 1981 to increase the capacity of Lao-American populations in Minnesota. MJSP funding will support a training program which will provide Soldering Technician training and certification for 27 Lao trainees. Dakota County Technical College will deliver the 120-hour training focusing on hand-soldering skills and IPC-A-610 Certification and IPC-J-STD Certification. Graduates of the program will be given special consideration for positions at Honeywell, which plans to hire 100-200 workers within the next year. Other area manufacturers such as Goodrich Sensor Systems, Minnetronix and Precision, Inc. are potential employers as they are also facing retirements and an increase in business.

    Contact: Senny Sinh Chanthanouvong, Lao Assistance Venter, 612-374-4967

  • June 4, 2012 - Ridgewater College/Willmar Fabrication

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Ridgewater College

    Willmar Fabrication

    $49,777

    Partnership (Short form)

    Willmar Fabrication, located in Willmar, has 45 employees who design/manufacture fertilizer, chemical application equipment and seed handling products. In partnership with Ridgewater College, Willmar Fabrication will expand the education of their entire workforce which will increase efficiencies and long-term profitability. Ridgewater will customize and deliver Budgeting and Planning; Leadership in Manufacturing and Stress Analysis. Alexandria Technical College will customize and deliver Continuous Improvement and Manufacturing Processes (Print Reading, Fab Assembly, Welding). Willmar Fabrication will be purchasing solid works software to assist with this training. Certificates of completion will be provided for successful completion of courses.

    Contact: Pat Lang, Project Manager, Ridgewater College, 320-234-8537

  • June 4, 2012 - MN State University-Mankato/Manus Products

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State University - Mankato

    Manus Products, Inc.

    $48,624

    Partnership (Short form)

    Manus Products, located in Waconia, manufactures environmentally friendly sealing products, adhesives, coatings and tapes primarily for the transportation and construction industry. With increased competition from overseas, Manus is seeing an increased need for high performance, specialty products that require high inspection, certification and quality control standards. In partnership with MN State University – Mankato, the workforce of 53 employees will receive customized training that will lead to ISO certification. Courses include ISO 9001 – Gap Audit, General Awareness, System Development and Internal Auditor Training. A 20-hour general Lean/Six-Sigma course will be delivered to all employees; managers, executives and quality/technical personnel will receive additional training to lead change and continuous improvement. ISO certification will increase the confidence of Manus’ customers and allow them to take their technology to other industries which will increase their growth potential and create more jobs.

    Contact: Ann Goebel, Director, Strategic Partnerships, MSU Mankato, 952-687-1576

  • June 4, 2012 - Pine Technical College/Glenn Metalcraft

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Pine Technical College

    Glenn Metalcraft, Inc.

    $49,985

    Partnership (Short form)

    Glenn Metalcraft has operated in Princeton since 1947 and continues to lead the industry in high quality, close tolerance, heavy gauge metal spinning. To fulfill bidding requirements of a major client, Case International, and to remain competitive in the automation industry, Glenn Metalcraft recently purchased five FANUC Robotics machines for welding, material handling, and high definition plasma cutting. However, due to limited skills among employees, the machines are only operating at 30 percent capacity. In order to use the robots at full capacity, Pine Technical College will work with Glenn Metalcraft to develop a robotic training cell and deliver customized curriculum for 41 current employees. Courses to be delivered will include Overview of Robotic Manufacturing, Robotic Systems, Cell Development and HD Plasma Cutting. With operating capacity increased to 100 percent, the company President estimates they could save $2 million dollars a year in production costs and improve the opportunity for growth in sales revenue. Pine Technical will expand their capacity to serve other companies in their pursuit of automated manufacturing.

    Contact: Jason Spaeth, Dean, Customized Training, Pine Technical College, 1-800-521-7463

  • June 4, 2012 - Optivation-Bemidji State, NW Tech./Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids Enterprises, Itasca-Mantrap, St. Joseph's

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Optivation – Bemidji State University & NW Technical College

    Northwoods Bank of MN, Park Rapids Enterprise, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services

    $49,980

    Partnership (Short form)

    This MJSP partnership involves Optivation and four Park Rapids businesses who have identified common training needs in the areas of process improvement, problem-solving, and supervisory/managerial skills. Optivation will collaborate with an internationally recognized leader in the field of quality improvement, to facilitate the training, coach the participants, and transfer his knowledge to Bemidji State University faculty. A total of 43 key leaders from the participating businesses will attend training sessions that include Building the Foundation for Performance Improvement, Strategy Management, Market Creation, Process Thinking and Problem Solving. A half-day coaching session will be delivered at each business. Each participant will learn skills through application-based learning on real-life quality issues, allowing them to actively use the new skills on a project that is current in their organization. This training will enable each participant to grow personally, increase the efficiency of their respective organizations, and continue to deliver these vital to services to the community of Park Rapids.

    Contact: Kerry Ross, Associate Director, Optivation, 218-755-4902

  • June 4, 2012 - Optivation-Bemidji State, NW Tech./Seven Clans Casino

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Optivation – Bemidji State University & Northwest Technical College

    Seven Clans Casino

    $17,832

    Partnership (Short form)

    Operated by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Seven Clans Casino facilities include hotels, waterparks, gaming areas and entertainment venues in Red Lake, Warroad and Thief River Falls. In cooperation with Optivation and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, eight casino maintenance workers will complete advanced BOC training. Courses including Preventative Maintenance & Troubleshooting, Advanced Electrical Diagnostics, HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance, Advanced Air Quality, Water Efficiency for Building Operators will be delivered at Northwest Tech. Eleven employees will complete OSHA 608 Certification. Training will provide the maintenance workers with nationally-recognized BOC Level II certification and the ability to enhance the energy efficiency of their three existing facilities as well as a possible new facility in Warroad. Northwest Technical College (NTC) will gain considerable new capacity as the BOC Level II curriculum will be new for NTC and NTC instructors will be certified as BOC instructors.

    Contact: Kerry Ross, Associate Director, Optivation, 218-755-4902

  • June 4, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College/Sweet Harvest Foods

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    Sweet Harvest Foods

    $49,266

    Partnership (Short form)

    Since 1923, Sweet Harvest Foods has grown and expanded its product line to include honey, syrups, salad dressings and specialty peanut butter. Located in Cannon Falls, with 41 current employees, the company plans to add 15-30 new positions over the next two years. The addition of new employees along with new equipment has created the need for training to prepare a flexible, technically adept workforce for the future. MJSP funding will support a partnership with Dakota County Technical College to develop training for 56 employees (41 current and 15 new). Customized courses include: Operator Automation, Troubleshooting, Machine Guarding, Steam & Hot Boilers, and Programmable Logic Controller. Managers and supervisors will complete a Train-the-Trainer to develop materials and strategies for continued training and all employees will be introduced to the concept of Lean Manufacturing to help eliminate waste and promote company growth.

    Contact: Marlo Miller, Director of Mfg.& Technology, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8612

  • June 4, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College/Sebesta Blomberg

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    Sebesta Blomberg

    $49,594

    Partnership (Short form)

    Established in 1994, Sebesta Blomberg is a nationally-recognized provider of full-service engineering and design services. Located in Roseville, the company currently employs 195 employees. As more emphasis is placed on green buildings and renewable energy in both new construction and retrofitting existing buildings, Sebesta is adapting to fill this growing need in the engineering field. Dakota County Technical College will develop and deliver customized training to 70 engineering and support staff. Courses include: Solar/Thermal Energy, Solar Strategies, Energy Modeling, Process Improvement, and Customer Relations Strategies. Training will upgrade the employee skill sets and raise technical and service proficiency. In addition, Dakota County Technical College will be able to take the training concepts to other engineering firms in Minnesota and integrate curriculum into existing credit and customized training.

    Contact: Marlo Miller, Director of Mfg.& Technology, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8612 

  • June 4, 2012 - St. Catherine University/Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Fairview and Children's Hospital

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Catherine University

    Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Fairview and Children’s Hospital

    $398,903

    Partnership

    This project will assist a consortium of three Minnesota-based hospitals with training needed to address skill proficiencies among their workforce. Due to changing expectations for nurses amidst healthcare reform and the increasingly complex healthcare environment, career advancement prospects for nurses without a baccalaureate degree are limited. Many employers are no longer hiring Associate Degree nurses or are eliminating options for promotions and terminating those who do not complete their Bachelor’s Degree within a specified time period. Those nurses seeking to continue their education are finding the requirements are redundant and program designs do not accommodate the schedules of working nurses. With MJSP support, St. Catherine’s will develop, pilot and refine a more efficient and seamless baccalaureate degree program in nursing geared for practicing RNs who have an Associate Degree or a Diploma. A 130-credit program will eliminate redundancy, confer credit for past learning, speed completion and incorporate online learning that is more efficient and convenient for nurses. The University will also accept male RNs who historically were not allowed. A total of 236 nurses from the partnering health systems will take part in this project. Students will pay tuition to cover institutional costs and will be reimbursed by their employers. Completion of training will result in career advancement and $1.00 per hour pay increases. St. Catherine’s will extend its current capacity to attract and enroll nurses who might not otherwise have made it into higher education from the Associate Degree RN to Bachelor’s Degree and beyond.

    Contact: Karen Sund, Assistant Professor/RN-BS Degree Completion Section Director, St. Catherine University, 651-690-6967 

  • June 4, 2012 - Anoka Ramsey Comm. College/Cambridge Metals & Plastics

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka Ramsey Community College

    Cambridge Metals & Plastics

    $290,144

    Partnership

    Cambridge Metals & Plastics (CMP) is a leading contract manufacturer of high quality ATV, Snowmobile and motorcycle parts. Located in Cambridge, the company employs 170 people and expects to add 30 new jobs over the next two years. While the company is experiencing growth, it is challenged with a shortage of qualified workers and increased pressure to implement Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) methods. CMP is trying to systematically move current general labor to more skilled positions and backfill general labor from the local community. Through MJSP funding, CMP will partner with Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) to develop and deliver training for 200 incumbent and new employees. Courses will include Calculations for Production, Schematics; Welders GD&T; PLC for Non-Operators, QRM Methodology; POLCA Systems; 2P & 3P Tools; Techniques of Data Collection & Analysis; FMEA, DOE & Mistake Proofing; Production Part Approval Process; ADVPR; and Heijunka Scheduling. A Quality Clinic will train selected employees on tools for root-cause problem solving. Training will address an immediate need to improve manufacturing productivity and performance, reduce training time of new hires and result in promotional opportunities for existing general laborers. ARCC will gain new capacity in the area of QRM and green manufacturing methods.

    Contact: Stephen Jones, Director CE/CT, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

  • June 4, 2012 - Riverland Community College/Benedictine Health System, Koda Living Community

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Riverland Community College

    Benedictine Health System, Koda Living Community

    $100,000

    Partnership

    This project will assist two rural Minnesota healthcare facilities – Benedictine Health System and Koda Living Community – to increase and enhance their post-acute care competencies that support patient safety and recovery. In collaboration with Owatonna and Allina Hospital, Riverland will customize curriculum to train 42 Registered Nurses from the two partnering facilities. Forty hours of instruction will include classroom and online components, simulation, and job shadowing followed by five hours of remediation. Courses include: Diagnostic Testing, Tubes/Interventions, ECG Analysis and Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation. Continuing education credits will be awarded to qualifying students. The skills obtained through this project will help reduce costs for the hospitals through averting readmissions and promotional opportunities for the RNs. Riverland will expand their capacity to provide post-acute competency training to other facilities in this emerging sector of long-term care.

    Contact: Danyel Helgeson, Interim Associate Dean of Allied Health, Chief Nursing Officer, Riverland Community College, 507-433-0536

  • June 4, 2012 - Carver-Scott Educational Coop./Milltronics CNC Machines & Yeager Machine

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative

    Milltronics CNC Machines & Yeager Machine, Inc.

    $120,000

    Partnership

    This project involves two growing manufacturing businesses – Milltronics CNC Machines, of Waconia; and Yeager Machine, Inc. of Norwood America. Currently, Milltronics has 100 employees and Yeager Machine has 21 employees. Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (CSEC) will collaborate with South Central College (SCC) to develop a project to train 100 employees from the two companies. SCC will customize and deliver courses that include Blueprint Reading, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, Level I & II CNC Operator, CNC Set-up, Lean Manufacturing, 5S and Standardization of Work. In addition, 11 employees will be selected to participate in a Supervisory Cohort to develop new skill sets which will provide them with the opportunity to be promoted to supervisor positions. CSEC staff will learn to conduct workplace audits using Workplace Scan (new capacity for them) and will be developing standardized work curriculum for the companies. Training will help the businesses address the skills gaps, increase production and profits and add 25 new jobs (15 new hires at Milltronics and 10 at Yeager Machine) over the course of this two-year project.

    Contact: Joyce Eissinger, R & D Manager, Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative, 952-567-8105

  • June 4, 2012 - Minnesota State University-Mankato/Phillips and Temro Industries

     

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Minnesota State University Mankato

    Phillips and Temro Industries

    $325,000

    Partnership

    Phillips and Temro Industries (PTI) designs and manufactures heating, cooling, silencing and Emission, and hybrid/electric vehicle solutions for OEM and aftermarket customers around the world. PTI has two manufacturing facilities in Minnesota (Eden Prairie and Prior Lake) where they employ 178 people (in addition to facilities in Winnipeg, the United Kingdom, and China). The move of two production lines and equipment from Winnipeg to Eden Prairie will result in the addition of 88 new jobs. To ensure the successful transition and future success of the company, PTI is partnering with Minnesota State University Mankato to train 266 employees. New courses to address the production transition include Automotive Electric Harness Wiring and Electric Vehicle Applications, Specialty Injection Molding. Courses to address quality and production include Shop Floor Quality, Design of Experiments and Lean Introduction. Formal certifications of completion will be issued which will provide a baseline standardized internal certification path at PTI to aid career path development. As a result of this training, PTI employees will acquire new skills increasing their marketability and opportunity to advance within the company. MSU Mankato will gain new curriculum in the area of automotive engineering technology.

    Contact: Ann Goebel, Director of Twin Cities Partnerships, MSU Mankato, 952-687-1576 

  • June 4, 2012 - Hibbing Community College/Cliffs Mining-Hibbing Taconite, Essar Steel, JoyGlobal

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Hibbing Community College

    Cliffs Mining-Hibbing Taconite Company, Essar Steel Minnesota, JoyGlobal, Inc.

    $398,706

    Partnership

    This project involves three mining companies in northern Minnesota – Cliffs Mining-Hibbing Taconite, Essar Steel Minnesota and JoyGlobal, Inc. While current mining training programs offer basic instruction, there are limited resources available to drive operational improvement and prepare equipment operators for emergency situations. Through MJSP support, a partnership between the three businesses and Hibbing Community College (HCC) will develop a training program which will utilize a heavy equipment simulator to upgrade skills of incumbent workers and prepare new hires for high wage jobs in the mining industry. A total of 227 individuals (153 new hires, 44 incumbent, 30 HCC students) will receive new/customized training which will blend classroom and simulator training. New hires will receive more extensive training including on-site training at the mining facilities. Via alternative funding, 60 HCC students will complete the training with about half attaining employment at the partnering businesses. Training offered through this project will reduce the risk of personal injury and equipment damage and provide a safer and more productive workplace. The simulator will be owned by and housed at HCC. The simulator equipment will continue to be used beyond the grant period by the partnering companies for on-going training needs, HCC students in the Automotive/Diesel Mechanics and Industrial System Tech programs, and other mining companies.

    Contact: Mary Brandt, Customized Training, Hibbing Community College, 218-262-6785

  • February 27, 2012 - MN State University-Mankato/Hearth N Home Technologies

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State University-Mankato

    Hearth N Home Technologies

    $41,221

    Partnership (Short form)

    Hearth N Home Technologies (HHT) is a fireplace design and manufacturing operation located in Lake City. With assistance from Normandale Community College, Minnesota State University-Mankato will provide training to 34 employees over a seven month period. Seventy hours of new/customized training will include DOE (Design of Experiments), FMEA (Processes and Designs), SPC (Statistical Process and Control), and Problem Solving. Training will address a significant education gap within the engineering staff and support HHT’s strategy to contain costs by eliminating quality defects while increasing sales through improved customer satisfaction. Employees who successfully complete training will have opportunities for advancement as the company grows their design and process engineering needs. MSU-Mankato will gain an engineering centric training model in a new industry sector.

    Contact: Ann Goebel, Director of Strategic Partnerships, MSU Mankato, 952-687-1576

  • February 27, 2012 - South Central College/Condux International

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    South Central College

    Condux, International

    $17.427

    Partnership (Short form)

    Condux International, located in Mankato, manufactures cable installation tools and works directly with electrical contracting, electrical utility, telecom and CATV industries. South Central College will customize and conduct A3 Lean training to all 54 Condux employees to equip them with the knowledge and tools to identify and apply cost reduction measures. Two additional courses, Intro to Administrative Lean (PILLARS) and Business Process Mapping (LAUNCH) will be provided to nine administrative employees. This training will help Condux to improve their office and production flow to better meet their customer’s needs and assist the company in the implementation of new manufacturing software, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Through training, Condux will lower their overall cost to market which will help to ensure that they remain financially solid in the future. South Central College will strengthen their Lean training in manufacturing and capacity in applying Lean prior to the installation of ERP software.

    Contact: Tom Kammer, Manufacturing Consultant, South Central College, 507-389-7336  

  • February 27, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College/FindLaw

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    FindLaw

    $48,424

    Partnership (Short form)

    FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business, is the world’s leading provider of online legal information and Internet marketing solutions for law firms. As the largest search marketing team in Minnesota, this Eagan business employs 650 individuals who must keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology and marketing practices in “search”. In partnership with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC), 449 employees will be selected for training that will include SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Basics, SEO and Content 101, SEO and Usability and SEO & Development. SEO, the practice of optimizing web content to achieve a higher ranking in search results, and therefore a greater visibility, is an emerging technology area which is continuously changing as the dependence on the internet for business grows. Employees demonstrating competency and performance as a result of this training will be eligible for promotional opportunities. Training will help to ensure the continued success of FindLaw. Longer term, this material will provide the platform on which to create a SEO/SEM training program to develop a deeper pool of talent in Minnesota.

    Contact: Bradd Strelow, Customized Training Director, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-688-1187 

  • February 27, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College/St. Jude Medical

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    St. Jude Medical

    $49,942

    Partnership (Short form)

    St. Jude Medical, located in Minnetonka, develops medical technology and services that focus on putting more control into the hands of those who treat cardia, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide. Headquartered in St. Paul, they focus on four major areas that include cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular and neuromodulation. With 2,960 Minnesota employees, St. Jude’s products include pacemakers, electrophysiology catheters and spinal cord stimulation devices. With a high percentage of foreign-born employees, the company is challenged by language barriers. In a partnership supported by MJSP, St. Jude Medical will work with Century College to utilize video technology which will make the manufacturing processes understandable to those employees with limited English skills. Century College will film, narrate and incorporate animation/graphics focusing on production processes that include Programming Reflow, Mandrel to Braid Assembly Second Jacket Reflow and Operate Reflow Oven. A total of 39 employees will be selected to participate in training which will increase their comprehension of English, build skills and confidence and create standardized on-the-job training that will lead to consistency and effectiveness among trainers and trainees. Promotions will be given to those employees who prove competency in their current jobs.

    Contact: Larry Raddatz, Training Director, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8276  

  • February 27, 2012 - College of St. Scholastica/Essentia Health

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    The College of St. Scholastica

    Essentia Health

    $49,344

    Partnership (Short form)

    Essentia Health is an integrated healthcare services delivery system with over 9,188 employees at sites throughout northeast Minnesota. This project is in response to a mandate that all U.S. healthcare organizations transition from using the 9th Edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to the 10th Edition by October 1, 2013. MJSP funding will support training to prepare Essentia’s staff for these new medical coding requirements. The College of St. Scholastica will use case-based scenarios to demonstrate clinical documentation requirements, and provide examples of documentation and coding of the most common diagnoses and procedures within Essentia Health. After the initial classroom introduction, remaining sessions will be delivered primarily on-line to accommodate the variety of work schedules. This training will provide 70 Essentia staff with the knowledge required to effectively implement the ICD-10, thus reducing the risk of improper coding and decreased productivity during the transition.

    Contact: Ryan Sandefer, Chair/Assistant Professor, College of St. Scholastica, 218-625-4931

  • February 27, 2012 - Anoka-Ramsey Comm. College/Suburban Manufacturing

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Suburban Manufacturing, Inc.

    $47,000

    Partnership (Short form)

    Suburban Manufacturing is an engineering driven organization that partners with customers to design application-based products for the Defense, Hydraulics, Oil and Gas, Auto-Refinishing, Agriculture, Construction, Utility and Industrial markets. Located at two Monticello sites, they currently employ 34 employees and are in the process of building a larger facility to handle growth. Through MJSP funding, Suburban Mfg. will partner with Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) to increase the technical, problem solving and service proficiency of their workforce. Customized training for all 34 employees will include Customer Service Excellence, Statistical Process Control Basics, Root Cause Analysis, Excel, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. Combining the training strategies to increase business competence with the development of business management and leadership will expand the capacity of ARCC. Training will help Suburban Mfg. to obtain world-class quality, delivery and customer service that is required to compete in today’s economy.

    Contact: Eric Staupe, Director of Training, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1187

  • February 27, 2012 - MN State Community & Technical College (M State)/RDO Lamb Weston

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN State Community & Technical College (M State)

    RDO/Lamb Weston

    $50,000

    Partnership (Short form)

    RDO/Lamb Weston, located in Park Rapids, employs 483 individuals who operate a manufacturing plant for processed and fried potatoes. MJSP funding will address a skills gap among the maintenance operators which has resulted in equipment downtime and added overtime costs as well as frustration and turnover among workers. Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) will partner with RDO/Lamb Weston to train 55 maintenance operators through courses that include Mechanical Theory and Troubleshooting, Electrical Theory and Troubleshooting, and Advanced Programmable Logic Controller Theory. Classroom training will incorporate lab based simulation equipment (Amatrol) to provide hands on experiences and learning. Increasing the capacity of the maintenance operators will result in operational efficiency and cost reduction which will improve the competitiveness of the company. Additionally, it will reduce turnover and facilitate career advancement for the trainees. M State will expand their capacity and gain new equipment as a result of this project.

    Contact: GL Tucker, Interim Dean of Custom Training/Product Director of Manufacturing & Industry, M State, 218-849-0243  

  • February 27, 2012 - St. Paul College/Prospect Foundry

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    St. Paul College

    Prospect Foundry, LLC

    $49,972

    Partnership (Short form)

    For over 60 years, Prospect Foundry has operated as a key supplier of ductile and gray iron castings to many original equipment manufacturers and machine shops. Located in Northeast Minneapolis, they currently employ 160 individuals. In an effort to meet increased customer demands and better compete in the global marketplace, the company is moving from a paper driven operation to a fully automated system, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). ERP will provide access to product and safety information and allow for users to communicate between departments and manage time and attendance. Through MJSP funding, St. Paul College will customize and deliver ERP System training to ensure all 160 employees are able to utilize the new technology. Twenty-five employees will participate in a train-the-trainer to enable Foundry trainers to continue training beyond the grant period. This partnership will advance employees’ understanding of ERP which will help achieve significant improvements in productivity, safety, quality and training.

    Contact: Cheryl Beaumier, Training Coordinator, St. Paul College, 651-846-1438

  • February 27, 2012 - Hennepin Tech./Allina Health Systems, North Memorial, HealthEast

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Hennepin Technical College

    Allina Health System, North Memorial Health Care, HealthEast Care System

    $241,538

    Partnership

    MJSP will support a partnership between Hennepin Technical College (HTC) and three business partners – Allina Health System, North Memorial Health Care, and HealthEast – which will address the growing shortage of primary healthcare professionals and increased patient numbers. Over a three year period, HTC will expand and enhance their existing Community Paramedic certificate program to address the medical needs of urban communities, specifically at home follow-up care, integration with medical practice, and reduce readmissions. Grant funds will also be used to modify the curriculum for mobile delivery. Ninety existing paramedics will be selected for training that includes 120 hours of classroom and online instruction and 196 hours of clinical training in a healthcare facility. Delivery will include interactive tools such as iPads and high fidelity training SIMS. Trainees will earn 12 college credits and receive an Advanced Occupational Technical Certificate from HTC upon completion of the program. In addition, trainees will be eligible for certification by the EMS Regulatory Board as an Emergency Medical Technician-Community Paramedic and be eligible for career advancement and pay increases. This project will enable HTC to build capacity and pioneer this new healthcare direction while allowing them to train a critical mass of community paramedics now and in the future.

    Contact: Cherie Rollings, Director of Operations, Customized Training Services, Hennepin Technical College, 763-488-2731

  • February 27, 2012 - Inver Hills Community College/North Memorial, Allina Medical Transport., Gold Cross Ambulance

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Inver Hills Community College

    North Memorial Ambulance Service, Allina Medical Transportation, Gold Cross Ambulance Service

    $306,881

    Partnership

    This MJSP project will assist a network of care providers – North Memorial Ambulance Service, Alina Medical Transportation, and Gold Cross Ambulance Services – with challenges brought on by new National Education Standards for their emergency medical services (EMS) providers, effective by 2015. Over a three year period, Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) will partner with Field Internships Student Data Acquisition Project (FISDAP), a St. Paul based company, with industry-specific expertise in EMS education. Along with the three business partners, they will customize modules that include three training levels, each demanding a minimum of 10-12 hours of training. Classroom and online training will expand the expertise of 984 current employees who will earn CEUs required for recertification. The new educational standards and online curriculum developed and customized through this project will strengthen IHCC’s capacity for application to other ambulance services through the state and nationally. In addition, IHCC will have the new curriculum in place when the new Standards are required to be implemented.

    Contact: Dave Anderson, Dean of CPWD, Inver Hills Community College, 651-450-3655

  • February 27, 2012 - Dakota Co. Technical College, Gerdau

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Dakota County Technical College

    Gerdau (Long Steel North America)

    $359,210

    Partnership

    As one of the largest producers of steel in the country, Gerdau employs 390 individuals at facilities in St. Paul and Duluth. Through MJSP funding, Gerdau will partner with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to expand the skill sets required for newly acquired equipment and changing production technologies. Over a two year period, DCTC will customize and deliver curriculum to meet the needs of the entire workforce. Courses include Foundational Electrical, Math and Computer Skills; Motor Controls; Programmable Logic Controllers; Mechanical Systems and Hydraulics; and New Equipment Operation training as well as training on new technology, safety and continuous quality improvements. Some courses will earn college credits. This project will help Gerdau to maintain a competitive edge and retain jobs at risk as well as strengthen DCTC’s ability to respond to the needs of the Manufacturing Industry in Minnesota.

    Contact: Larry Raddatz, Customized Training Director, Dakota Co. Technical College, 651-423-8276

  • February 27, 2012 - Anoka Ramsey Comm. College/MultiSource Manufacturing

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka Ramsey Community College

    MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC

    $265,000

    Partnership

    MultiSource Manufacturing consists of five separate businesses that have been formed through the merger or acquisition of smaller machining companies over the years. Four of the five businesses are located in Minnesota (Ramset, Burnsville, Minnetonka and Anoka) with 212 employees who are all involved in various aspects of complex metal and plastic machining, fabrication and assembly. Through MJSP funding, Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) will develop and implement a training program to address the specific training needs at each Minnesota plant. All 212 current employees plus an anticipated 12 new employees will receive training over a two year period. A blend of classroom, computer lab, and on-the-job training will include courses such as CNC Analytics, Geometric Dimensioning, Machining Safety, Programmable Logic Controllers, CAD, ISO 9003 and Lean Flow. ARCC will collaborate with Anoka Technical College (ATC) in the customization and delivery of the technical machining curriculum. This project will significantly enhance faculty interaction and cooperation between ARCC and ATC (who are in the process of merging) and will address the immediate need to form a more cohesive workforce and maximize production capacity at MultiSource.

    Contact: Steve Jones, Director CE/CT, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

  • February 27, 2012 - MN West Community & Technical College/Chandler Industries

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    MN West Community & Technical College

    Chandler Industries, Inc.

    $270,545

    Partnership

    Chandler Industries is an international contract manufacturer of precision machined components and assemblies for the original manufacturers in the medical, automotive, process controls, cryogenic and industrial industries. With their main facility in Montevideo, they also have operations in Golden Valley and Long Prairie. MJSP funding will support a partnership between Chandler and MN West Community and Technical College (MWCTC) to help them meet the accelerating demands of the market place. Over a two year period, MWCTC will work with St. Cloud State University to customize a training program for 219 employees (169 current and 50 new). Classroom and online training will be conducted at all three Chandler facilities focusing on machine tool manufacturing, continuous process improvement, quality process engineering and total productive maintenance. Training will provide employees with advanced skills to enhance their machine tool manufacturing capacity, supervision and continuous improvements that will help the company increase profits and competitiveness. MWCTC will gain capacity in the area of manufacturing and with the development of online learning modules for machine maintenance.

    Contact: Dawn Regnier, Director of Professional Development & Training, MN West Community & Technical College, 507-537-7051

  • February 27, 2012 - Lake Superior College/K1 Sportswear

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Lake Superior College

    K1 Sportswear

    $62,000

    Partnership

    K1 Sportswear employs 69 employees who specialize in the custom design and manufacturing of hockey jerseys for a national market. With main operations in Cloquet, they also have manufacturing sites in the rural communities of Paynesville and Proctor. MJSP funding will support a partnership between Lake Superior College and K1 Sportswear to customize a process improvement training project to help their workforce learn new skills critically needed by the company. Over a two year period, 50 of the 69 employees will receive training in Principles of Continuous Improvement; 34 employees will participate in the entire Lean Manufacturing training that includes Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization and Leadership Training. As a result of this project, K1 employees will have the knowledge and skills to reduce waste and improve productivity within the organization. This will help K1 to meet their goal of becoming the number one custom hockey manufacturer in the U.S. Lake Superior College will enhance its instructor capacity in the industrial sewing sector which could be utilized by similar companies with highly customized product lines.

    Contact: Steve Wagner, Interim Dean of Business & Industry, Lake Superior College, 218-733-5974

  • January 23, 2012 - Alexandria Tech. & Comm. College/Aagard Group, Alexandria Extrusion, Precision Manufacturing, Alexandria Pro-Fab

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Alexandria Technical & Community College

    The Aagard Group, Alexandria Extrusion Company, Alexandria Precision Machining,
    Alexandria Pro-Fab Company, Massman Automation Designs

    $40,000

    Partnership (Short form)

    MJSP funds will support a partnership between Alexandria Technical & Community College (ATCC) and five Alexandria, Minnesota manufacturers to develop the skills set of entry level manufacturing operators. A Manufacturing Boot Camp will blend the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) Precision Machining Technology curriculum with existing program curriculum. Training will incorporate 150 hours of training over a 12-16 week period and cover employment skills, manufacturing safety, manufacturing basics, quality basics, machine tool basics and an initial and exit evaluation. Eighteen employees from the contributing businesses will attend training that will result in three NIMS credentials and the foundation for a move into an official apprenticeship program and/or a two-year Machine Tool Technology Program at ATCC. This initiative will lay the ground work for future training projects targeted at unemployed and/or underemployed persons that currently do not have the opportunity to become engaged in a manufacturing workplace due to a skills set mismatch. ATCC plans to market the Boot Camp to other companies, colleges and employment agencies statewide.

    Contact: Ben Bomstad, Customized Training Rep., Dunwoody College of Technology, 320-762-4553

  • January 23, 2012 - Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Shippers Supply, Inc.

    Grantee

    Contributing Business (es)

    Amount

    Program

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Shippers Supply, Inc.

    $49,469

    Partnership (Short form)

    Shippers Supply, Inc. of Hopkins is a wholesale distributor of a wide variety of packaging and shipping products. Through MJSP funding, Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) will partner with Shippers Supply to configure training that will help to increase business competitiveness and growth. Five courses will be customized for SSI and delivered to all 33 employees – Integrative Kanban, Internal Processes, Discovery Skills, Pilot Program, and Integrating Solutions and Supplies. ARCC will provide hourly based certificates at completion. Training will enable the Products division to organize and streamline shipping, receiving, warehouse and delivery operations to maximize efficiency and productivity; enable the Service division to develop a consultative sales ability; and enable the integration of the Product and Service divisions operations to ensure a seamless delivery of services and goods. ARCC will add capacity in developing training for distribution companies and in integrative management.

    Contact: Steve Jones, Director CECT, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

Ceremonies

Most recipients of Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grants wish to have a grant signing ceremony to announce their grant awards.

It is important to remember that grant signing ceremonies cannot be scheduled until the Grant Agreement has been fully signed and executed.

If you intend to have a grant signing ceremony, the educational institution and the contributing business who are partners in the grant are responsible for most of the event planning.

However your efforts should be coordinated with the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. Contact your MJSP grant coordinator and provide them with two or three possible dates for the ceremony.

The educational institution should prepare the invitations and the program agenda for the event. These items should be emailed or faxed to your MJSP grant coordinator for review before they are printed and invitations mailed.

Your MJSP grant coordinator will provide you with the names of those who will be presenting on behalf of the State and MJSP. Make sure to invite MJSP board members to the grant signing ceremony.

The MJSP will prepare the award certificates to be signed at the ceremony, along with a press release, which will be released by our office the day of the grant signing ceremony.

If your institution wishes to issue its own press release, we request that you do not do so before the day of the ceremony.

Audits

Requirements

A financial audit of Minnesota Job Skills Partnership projects is expected within 90 days of the final day of the grant period, as recorded on the Grant Agreement.

The audit must be conducted by a CPA, the State Auditor or the Legislative Auditor's office.

The audit must be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS).

The audit is used as a third-party independent verification of costs incurred and revenue received. The audit is also used to verify the accuracy of the institution's final financial reports and request for payment.

The audit must have the following statements:

  • Balance Sheet
  • Revenue and Expense statement
  • Statement of Budgeted, Incurred and Questioned Cost by Revenue Source (i.e., MJSP, Contributing Business, Grantee/Linkage)

The following factors should be considered in defining the scope and methodology of the audit:

  • The auditor may rely on the work of others in regard to elements of the grantee's internal control structure common to all operations.
  • The audit must be on the project period recorded on the Grant Agreement.
  • The auditor should compare warrants received by the Grantee with a list of warrants issued by the Partnership. A list of the dates and amounts of warrants will be supplied by the Partnership upon written request.
  • The audit should confirm that all match is properly documented and valued fairly. Minimum documentation for in-kind contributions consists of a properly completed receipt voucher, as described in the Guide to Program Operations.
  • Items which are inconsistent with planned matching contributions as described in the Grant Proposal and Memorandum of Agreement should be questioned and should be examined to determine their relevance to project activities. The items should be identified and an opinion should be expressed as to whether such items are allowable in the Notes to the Financial Statements.
  • The auditor should insure that matching contributions are made specifically for the project described in the Grant Proposal and determine that the contribution would not otherwise have been contributed to the Grantee.

The auditor should insure that equipment purchased with grant funds is properly identified and in the possession of the educational institution.

The audit should confirm that the Grantee has appropriate documentation of actual costs incurred including, but not limited to, contracts or time records of actual time spent on project activities for personnel expenses and receipts for any equipment or materials purchased.

The auditor should confirm that the Grantor Administrative Overhead Costs do not exceed 5 percent of the actual direct costs.

Pursuant to Section VI.A of the Grant Agreement, which includes the statement Costs in excess of budget categories will not be approved unless approved prior to their incurrence by the PARTNERSHIP , the auditor should question any costs in excess of budget categories as stated in the Grant Agreement.

The auditor should conduct an exit interview with the Grantee. The interview should be performed to resolve differences before final issuance of the audit. The auditor may provide written explanation, which should accompany the audit, of any unresolvable differences.

The auditor must mail two (2) copies of the audit report directly to the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351.

Download a sample Grant Closeout Audit

Preparation

In preparation for the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program audit, the following items should be organized and readily available for the auditor's review:

  • Financial Reports for all trimesters
  • All copies of the Receipt Vouchers for In-Kind Contributions
  • Grant Agreement with any amendments and/or budget revisions
  • Grant Proposal with detailed budget.
  • The Audit Requirements memo and Sample Audit provided by MJSP.

Detailed listing of expenses incurred for the project and the following supporting documents:

  • Invoices and/or purchase orders for equipment, materials or supplies purchased
  • Invoices or approved expense reports for travel expenses
  • Time records or contracts for personnel expenses

Following are some important points for preparing the final financial report:

  • Be sure to include the audit fee and additional administrative overhead.
  • Double check all costs reported on the final report for support. If anything has been reported under the wrong category or if there are differences between what was reported and your supporting documentation, correct these before the audit begins.
  • No budget revisions will be allowed after the grant period has ended, so it's important to anticipate problems which could cause questioned costs.
  • MJSP compares the college's final Financial Report to the audit report and approves final payment based on the outcome. The final Financial Report must be essentially the same as the audit report.

MJSP will not approve final payment until all reporting requirements have been met including the Final Narrative Evaluation Report, final Contributing Business Status Report and the final Project Trainee Report complete with placement information.

MJSP Experienced Auditors

This is a list of auditors experienced with auditing Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program funds. However, any independent certified public accountant (CPA) may be used to conduct a grant closeout audit

CPAs interested in being listed may e-mail deed.mjsp@state.mn.us. Note: This list is provided for information purposes only. MJSP does not claim responsibility for these auditors' services, nor does MJSP endorse a particular auditor.

  • Central Minnesota

    Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP  
    331 S.W. 3rd Street  
    Willmar, MN 56201  
    320-235-3311

    Fawcett, Young & Associates, Ltd.  
    820 N. Sibley  
    Litchfield, MN 55355  
    320.693.7975

    Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd.  
    220 Park Avenue S.  
    St. Cloud, MN 56302  
    320.251.7010

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area

    Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP  
    14985 Glazier Ave., Suite 630  
    Apple Valley, MN 55124  
    952-715-3051

    Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP  
    5201 Eden Avenue., Suite 250  
    Edina, MN 55436  
    952-715-3022

    Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co., PLLP  
    500 Sentinel Bldg., 515 Edina Industrial Blvd.  
    Minneapolis, MN 55439  
    612-893-9320

    Carpenter Evert & Assoc., Ltd.  
    Minnesota Center, Suite 1340  
    7760 France Avenue S.  
    Bloomington, MN 55435  
    952-831-0085

    Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd.  
    7100 Northland Circle N., Suite 119  
    Minneapolis, MN 55428-1500  
    763-537-3011

    Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP  
    7900 Xerxes Avenue S.  
    Bloomington, MN 55431  
    952-835-1344

  • Northeast Minnesota
    Althoff, PLLC  

    505 2nd Street  
    Pine City, MN 55063  
    320-629-6185

    Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd.  
    220 Park Avenue  
    St. Cloud, MN 56302  
    320-251-7010

    McGladrey & Pullen, LLP  
    227 West First Street, Suite 700  
    Duluth, MN 55802-1919  
    218- 336-3157


  • Northwest Minnesota

    Brady, Martz & Associates, PC  
    P.O. Box 790  
    213 LaBree Avenue N.  
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701  
    218-681-6265

    Elliott Accounting & Consulting  
    1038 Paul Bunyan Drive N.E.  
    Bemidji, MN 56601  
    218-759-9411

    Kummet Larson Bluth & Co., PA  
    309 N.W. 3rd Street  
    PO Box 504  
    Brainerd, MN 56401  
    218-829-3585

    Larson, Allen, Weishair & Co., LLP  
    581 Edgewood Drive N.  
    Brainerd, MN 56401-0648  
    218-828-0100

    Miller, McDonald, Erickson & Moller, Ltd.  
    513 Beltrami Avenue  
    Bemidji, MN 56601  
    218-751-6300

    Ness, Waller, Pearson & Co, Ltd.  
    120 17th Avenue W.  
    Alexandria, MN 56308  
    218-763-6568

    Walker, Giroux & Hahne, Ltd.  
    P.O. Box 960  
    225 1st Street N., Suite 2400  
    Virginia, MN 55792-0960  
    218-749-4880


  • Southern Minnesota

    Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP  
    11 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300  
    Mankato, MN 56001  
    507-625-2727

    Erickson, Rietmann, Welsch & Roufs, Ltd.  
    519 Bush Street  
    P.O. Box 72  
    Red Wing, MN 55066  
    651-388-2858

    Larson, Allen, Weishair & Co., LLP  
    109 Main Street N.  
    Austin, MN 55912  
    507-434-7000

    Peterson & Company, PA  
    209 S. Second Street, Suite 407  
    Mankato, MN 56001  
    507-388-1641

    Thomas Cummings, CPA  
    1700 N. Broadway, Suite 118  
    Rochester, MN 55906  
    507-281-2655

    Turbes, Drealan, Kvilhaug & Co., PA  
    909 4th Avenue  
    Worthington, MN 56187-2326  
    507-376-4151