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Fourteen Training Projects Move Forward with Support from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership

2,878 workers will receive industry training to stay competitive and marketable

3/15/2016 3:14:08 PM

Madeline O'Phelan, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded workforce development grants totaling $2,813,729 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 2,878 current workers and new hires.

"Over 270,000 Minnesotans have received training funded by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program, which has seen tremendous success in preparing workers for jobs of the future," said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. "These grants support customized training to upgrade workers' skills and make Minnesota businesses more competitive and attractive places to work."

The MJSP works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. With support from Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota legislature, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded $40.4 million since 2011 to train 47,028 workers and has leveraged $73.7 million in private funding.

The grants include:

Minnesota State University-Mankato, Accent Signage - $9,954
Minneapolis-based Accent Signage has been manufacturing quality interior signage products and architectural panels since 1986. Accent Signage's need for greater employee cohesion will be addressed through a partnership with Minnesota State University-Mankato. Six managers will participate in a team building intervention to include a needs assessment developed through listening sessions and a two-day team building workshop. Employees completing the training will have opportunities for advancement or increased earnings through incentive programs.

Contact: Louise Dickmeyer, Minnesota State University-Mankato, 507-389-3283

Century College, Owens Corning - $47,108
Located in Minneapolis, Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. The company currently employs 99 employees. The company will work with Century College to develop curriculum and provide training to the entire workforce. Upon completion of course material, employees may elect to earn a NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Mechatronics or MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standards Council) Certified Production Technician certification.

Contact: Mary Nienaber, Century College, 651-779-3235

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, US Distilled Products - $45,973
Founded in 1981, U.S. Distilled Products Co. is a contract bottler, which also produces its own brands of alcoholic products for distribution throughout the U.S. and internationally. They currently have about 300 employees. In partnership with Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC), 31 employees in critical areas will be retrained. Trades staff will focus on the electrical and motor control technical areas of training; line leaders, supervisors and managers will focus on insuring production line reliability and leading daily improvement. Courses will be conducted via e-training and onsite. Trainees will earn hourly-based Certificates of Completion from ARCC.

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

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Kurt Die Casting - $45,837
Kurt Die Casting, Fridley, has 70 employees who specialize in casting, extruding, machining, manufacturing and assembly of a range of close tolerance metal parts and assemblies. Working with Anoka-Ramsey Community College, customized training will be given to 32 employees focusing primarily on the Die Casting Operation. Machine maintenance staff will focus on the technical areas of training associated with repair and maintenance of equipment. Process engineers will be trained to ensure the company's electronic process control system can be maintained and to ensure casting production reliability. This project is an opportunity to create a new training program.

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

Pine Technical and Community College, Kendal Howard - $48,394
Kendall Howard, Chisago City, designs and manufactures server racks, cabinets, rack shelves and accessories, and LAN Stations. In cooperation with Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC), customized training will be given to all 63 employees – eight of them new. On-site training will include Blue Print Reading, Quality and Improvement Process, Corrective and Preventative Action, Root Cause Analysis and Failure Mode Analysis. Supervisors and Leads will receive training in Organizational Leadership. In addition, a Safety Training Program will be implemented. Trainees will earn CEUs or credits, depending on completed coursework.

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

Imagine! Print Solutions, Hennepin Technical College - $340,000
Imagine! Print Solutions specializes in a range of print and digital solutions. Hennepin Technical College will work with the company to design and deliver courses to 196 employees – 82 of them new – in Shakopee. Courses include Orientation to Graphic Arts; Introduction to Color Theory and Measurement; Workplace Documentation and Communication; Health, Safety and Machine Guarding; and Print Technology and Machine Operations. This project will result in a standard print industry career path for employees and improve safety.

Contact: Suzanne Ciebiera, Hennepin Technical College, 763-488-2724

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center, Inc. and Harmony Community Healthcare, Inc. - $260,000
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will collaborate with the two rural long-term care providers facilities to create a Long-Term Care (LTC) Certification Program for existing and new employees. Classroom, electronic-based training, and hands-on practice components will improve the scope of skilled personnel, assist in employee satisfaction and retention and upgrade service capabilities. Training will be provided to 194 employees at both facilities; and 42 employees are expected to be hired during the two-year grant period.

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

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Ebenezer Management Services - $300,000
The project addresses the training needs of three long-term healthcare providers, managed by Ebenezer Management Services: Mayo Clinic Health System-Lake City; The Bluffs of Lake City; and Deer Care Center, Red Wing. Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and Ebenezer Management Services will pilot an On-site Career Nursing Ladder program while maintaining employment. Trainees will earn hourly-based certificates for additional skills training. Training will combine classroom, electronic based training and hands-on practice under the supervision of a qualified mentor or instructor. A total of 421 employees (146 new) will receive training, which will be offered at the Red Wing and Lake City locations, as well as on-line.

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

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Kraus-Anderson Construction - $360,000
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company offers a broad base of facility building services. Kraus-Anderson will partner with Anoka-Ramsey Community College to deliver a customized training program to 400 employees, including 40 new hires. The curriculum will focus on technology training, compliance and certification, and project management enhancement. Hourly-based certificates, CEUs or third-party certifications will be awarded.

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

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Wilson Tool International, Inc. - $381,518
Wilson Tool International, headquartered in White Bear Lake, is the largest independent manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes and punch and die components for the metal stamping industry. In partnership with Anoka-Ramsey Community College, curriculum will be developed and delivered to all 458 employees, including 15 new hires. Training will include a Machining Skills Academy, Environmental Transformation Training, Next Generation Leadership and Train-the-Trainer and take place at Wilson Tool's Hugo, Minn facility.

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

Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Monogram Meat Snacks - $279,751
Monogram Meat Snacks, located in Canby, is one of the nation's largest specialty meat products manufacturers and the largest employer in Murray County. Minnesota West Community and Technical Collegeand Monogram experts will develop a systemic operational efficiency program for 218 (15 new) employees from operations, production, maintenance, and leadership levels. Training, offered online and in the classroom, will include Operational Efficiency for Food Production, Continuous Process Improvement, Manufacturing Organization Culture and Food Processing Plant Safety. Industry credentials and college credits for the Maintenance Mechanics in the Industrial Technology diploma program will be awarded.

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

Minnesota State University-Mankato, Condux International - $166,274
Condux International, located in Mankato, provides fiber optic and power cable installation products to a global market. Condux International will partner with Minnesota State University-Mankato to customize a training initiative for all 63 (three new) employees. The project will include developing an on-campus Supervisory Assessment Center. Employees moving from the production line to supervisor will attend a two-day professional development workshop which includes tests, assessments and role playing. Afterward, participants will receive a summary of test results, development plan and certificate of completion. Additional courses will be delivered to employees based on their training need and occupation.

Contact: Louise Dickmeyer, Minnesota State University-Mankato, 507-389-3283

Alexandria Technical and Community College, FAST Global Solutions, Inc. - $254,094
FAST Global Solutions and Alexandria Technical and Community College will develop training for 405 employees in Leadership Development, Process Development, Enterprise Resource Planning and Human Management System software training and Manufacturing/Fabrication/Welding. On-line courses in Press Brakes, Laser/Plasma, Welding Symbols, Blue Print Reading, Assembly and Safety will be tailored to FAST's equipment. FAST plans to add 125 new jobs over the next two years to their current workforce of 450 at facilities in Glenwood and Windom.

Contact: Greg Sandeno, Alexandria Technical & Community College, 320-762-4553

Pine Technical and Community College, Ryan Companies, US, Inc. - $274,826
Ryan Companies, a national developer, designer, capital investment consultant, builder and real estate management company, is headquartered in Minneapolis. Currently, they employ 1,253 people in 10 regional offices with 600 employees working in Minnesota. Pine Technical and Community College will work with Ryan Companies to deliver training for 292 employees, including 22 new hires. Training will be conducted at Ryan Companies offices or on-site at Ryan Construction projects and will combine classroom, lab and on-the-job training. Trainees successfully completing all class requirements will receive either college credit or CEUs.

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

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