The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is committed to increasing skills development and employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Minnesotans, with a special emphasis on providing resources to populations and communities with barriers to employment.
During the 2012 session, legislators authorized $3,283,000 each year from the General and Workforce Development funds for DEED to implement an adult workforce development competitive grant program.
DEED developed and targeted the grant program to serve job seekers who have barriers to employment and populations with identified employment disparities; minority population ethnic groups; veterans; older workers; Minnesotans in transition to work from public assistance; and workers with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Providers will focus on employment assistance activities such as job training, job placement and job readiness skills development.
Total Funding Available and Awarded: $6,237,700 to support 24 organizations in serving 3,041 individuals
Total Amount Requested: $20,326,004 from 37 organizations seeking to serve 9,609 individuals
Demographic breakdown of full proposals:
Note: Number of proposals will not total 37 as most proposals sought to serve multiple populations.
“Other” refers to a target population not listed in the RFP, e.g. ex-offenders.
Summary of Funding Requested and Awarded: Of the 37 proposals received, 24 were selected to receive funding.
Synopsis of Evaluation Process:
The evaluation team consisted of a dozen agency program experts representing six different units across the agency: Adult Services, Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Assistance, Office of Innovation, Rehabilitation Services, Veterans’ Employment and Program Monitoring.
Proposals received a reading and were scored by at least five members of this team, using the criteria established in the Request for Proposals. High and low scores for each proposal were removed and final score calculation was based on the average of remaining review team scores.
Funding level analysis:
The results of this system are:
Grantee organizations are required to attend an orientation and training to be held in early October.
For more information, contact Annie Welch (Annie.Welch@state.mn.us).
[*] Delayed from originally planned date of Friday, August 30, due to large number of high-quality proposals and rigorous process.
|Organization||Target Population to Serve||Area to Serve||Previous Pass through Funding||Requested Funding||Recom. Funding|
|Lifetrack Resources||Refugees and Immigrants; individuals who identify with minority groups||Twin Cities Metropolitan area and Southern Minnesota||$300,000||$400,000.00||$300,000|
|Minnesota Employment Center (MEC), Rise Inc.||Individuals who are deaf, deaf blind, or hard of hearing||19 county direct service area including the Twin Cities, Central MN, and northeaster, MN (Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Duluth metro areas. All of Minnesota supported via distance service technologies).||$320,000||$400,000.00||$300,000|
|RESOURCE||ALL Target Populations||Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Duluth, and St. Cloud||n/a||$400,000.00||$300,000|
|Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council||ALL Target Populations||Southwest Minnesota (WSA 6)||n/a||$400,000.00||$300,000|
|Twin Cities RISE!||Low-income Adults||Twin Cities Metropolitan Area||$455,000||$400,000.00||$300,000|
|Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services||Older workers, targeting veterans and individuals who identify with minority groups||Central Minnesota (WSA 5)||n/a||$268,400.00||$263,110|
|Goodwill/Easter Seals||ALL Target Populations||Seven county metro area focusing on Dakota and Ramsey County communities||n/a||$346,581.12||$200,000|
|Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency||Individuals returning to work from public assistance, women; also anticipate working with a number of other targeted groups; individuals living with disabilities, veterans and individuals who identify with minority ethnic/race groups||Lake County (NE Minnesota)||n/a||$185,722.00||$180,432|
|International Institute of Minnesota||Refugees and Immigrants||St. Paul and Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs||n/a||$160,000.00||$154,708|
|American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center||ALL Target Populations||Twin Cities Metropolitan Area||Part of $1,375,000 for all OICs||$400,000.00||$100,000|
|Project for Pride in Living, Inc.||Racial and ethnic minorities, individuals living with disabilities, low income individuals moving into the workforce out of public support programs, and veterans||Twin Cities Metropolitan Area||n/a||$400,000.00||$100,000|
|SOAR Careers||Unemployed/underemployed adults, adults living below the poverty level, individuals living with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, and individuals who identify with minority ethnic and race groups.||Duluth and the surrounding metro area||n/a||$123,805.00||$100,000|
|Total Funding Requested and Awarded:||$3,884,508||$2,598,250|
These grants are from the Minnesota Adult Workforce Development Grant Pilot Program, authorized by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2011 legislative session. Grant funds area available July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
The request for proposal placed an emphasis on legislatively mandated populations:
· Individuals living with disabilities
· Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; and
· Individuals who are returning to work after receiving public assistance
as well as suitable considerations for
· Older workers
· Populations identifying with minority groups
The rigorous evaluation of proposals was done by a multidisciplinary team of experts from throughout DEED. View a synopsis of the evaluation process.
Total funding available and awarded was $2,598,250. The total amount requested was $12,592,233.
· 55 letters of intent were submitted on or before February 9, 2012.
· 45 full proposals were submitted on or before March 2, 2012
· Three proposals to serve residents throughout all of Minnesota
· Four proposals to serve residents within a part of the Twin Cities and a separate, additional part of Minnesota
· Seventeen proposals to serve residents of Greater Minnesota
· Twenty-one proposals to serve residents in some combination of counties within or directly surrounding the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area.
Of the 45 proposals received, 12 were selected to receive funding.
Lifetrack Resources in St. Paul and southeast Minnesota: $300,000
Lifetrack Resources, working in partnership as a CAREER collaborative with Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) in Rochester, MN and Vietnamese Social Services (VSS) in St. Paul, will provide individualized employment services to 550 refugees, immigrants, and asylees with legal work authorization through the CAREER program.
Contact: Diane Heldt, 651-265-2339.
Minnesota Employment Center for Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (MEC)
Statewide Initiative: $300,000
MEC, in partnership with Rise, Inc., will continue to provide job placement and post-employment retention services for adults who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing in the Twin Cities, central Minnesota, and northeastern Minnesota, with greater Minnesota supported via distance service technologies. MEC specializes in support of deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing job seekers and incumbent workers who have multiple disabilities and communication barriers to competitive employment.
Contact: Don Lavin, 763-783-2815
RESOURCE in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, St. Cloud, and Duluth: $300,000
Pathways to Advancement is a business-driven initiative to train and place low-income adults with barriers to self-sufficiency in jobs from three high-growth areas of the economy: core manufacturing , healthcare, and business service/support. This project will serve individuals with physical, sensory, and behavioral health disabilities including individuals who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing, individuals returning to work from public assistance, veterans, older workers, and racial/ethnic minorities.
Contact: Carrie Scheffler, 612-752-8833.
Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council: $300,000
The Adult Career Transitions Project in Southwest Minnesota is designed to provide fundamental job skills training tailored to the needs of employers in the high job growth industries of manufacturing and food processing, healthcare, and energy in southwest Minnesota. This project will offer comprehensive training to participants who traditionally face barrier to successful employment.
Contact: Juanita Lauritsen, 507-537-6987
Twin Cities RISE! In the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $300,000
Twin Cities RISE! will support 350 low-income adults – primarily men from communities of color – in a comprehensive training program designed for those facing the most barriers to employment success and long-term financial independence. Elements of the program include personal empowerment skills training, which is a core program element that focuses on emotional intelligence and personal development; employer services, which helps to develop strong relationships with employers; and work skills coaching, which assists each participant one-on-one as advisors and mentors, supporting progress, and identifying support service needs.
Contact: Art Berman, 612-338-0295
Central Minnesota Jobs and Training (CMJTS): $263,110
Through this project, CMJTS will expand and enhance services to 100 older workers in CMJTS' Workforce Service Area, offering credentialed training opportunities and the financial support services necessary for older workers to achieve their employment and training goals. The REAL Deal Senior Employment Project will give priority of service to the older worker that is a veteran, disabled, over the age of 65, homeless or near homeless, identifying with a minority race or ethnic group or living with a low literacy level.
Contact: Tony Thomann, 763-271-3720
Goodwill/Easter Seals in Dakota and Ramsey counties: $200,000
G/ESM and its partners will serve 165 individuals in the new Business Career Pathways Project which will focus on business-related occupations and sectors. Participants will be able to enter a variety of training and education programs that best fit their academic needs and career interests. G/ESM will assign two Career Navigators to support the job counselors, instructors, service providers in meeting participants' needs for wrap around services.
Contact: Sheila Olson, 651-379-5864.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency in Lake County: $180,432
The Lake County Workforce Development Initiative will provide comprehensive training to 25 Lake County residents targeting people on public assistance or those who are returning to work after receiving public assistance. Training will include ABE Bridge programming, goal-setting assistance through Steps to Economic and Personal Success (STEPS), and a paid internship. Program participants will either earn a Customized Training Certificate or a one-year degree in welding from Mesabi Range community and Technical College.
Contact: Julie Greenly, 218-749-2912, ext. 250
International Institute of Minnesota
St. Paul and Minneapolis and Surrounding Suburbs: $154,708
The Medical Careers Pathway Program uses a sectoral employment approach, focusing on medical training programs and careers. The project has three components, including a Nursing Assistant Training which is a job training and job placement program; College Readiness which is a training that prepares entry-level medical workers with intensive academic preparation including reading, writing, computer, and math skills for higher education; and Medical Career Advancement, which provides program participants with educational case management with comprehensive counseling and ongoing support through their college education
Contact: Michael Donahue, 651-647-0191, ext. 318
American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center
Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $100,000
The Adult and Training and Employment Program creates a direct pipeline from assessment to employment. By working with area employers to develop training and employment services, AIOIC will assure that 250 participants have expected skill-sets for employment and that the training for such skills are incorporated into training activities. Combined with comprehensive employment services, participants are highly competitive in the workforce.
Contact: Joe Hobot, 612-341-3358, ext. 149
Project for Pride in Living in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $100,000
This project will serve 225 individuals through Advancing Long-Term Healthcare Training, featuring certificate-granting, job-training programs that assist individuals in gaining skills and competencies to retain and/or advance employment in healthcare with a special focus on long-term healthcare.
Contact: Julie Brekke, 612-455-5207.
SOAR Career Solutions in Duluth: $100,000
The Duluth Manufacturing Pathways project will provide integrated technical instruction and bridge programming needed for 30 adults to secure living-wage welding and machining jobs with career advancement opportunities in the Duluth area job market. This project builds on a strong and established formal partnership between SOAR, the Adult Learning Center, Lake Superior College and the Duluth WorkForce Center.
Contact: Rebecca Ellenson, 218-722-3126.