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Seventeen Training Projects Begin with Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Support

1,671 workers will receive training to stay competitive and marketable

7/18/2016 10:30:00 AM

Monte Hanson, 651-259-7149
Monte.Hanson@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded workforce development grants totaling $1.4 million under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,671 current workers and new hires.

"Minnesota's greatest strength is its people," said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. "These Job Skills Partnership grants will help Minnesota workers all across the state enhance their skills for in-demand industries like precision manufacturing, health care and engineering."

"Over 280,000 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 Shawntera Hardy. "These grants support customized training to upgrade workers' skills and make Minnesota businesses more competitive and attractive places to work."

Under the program, educational institutions and businesses work together to secure MJSP funding. Businesses initially meet with an accredited educational institution to explain their training needs and to learn options. Once they agree on a plan, the educational institution contacts DEED to determine eligibility for a grant.

The following grants were awarded:

Minnesota State University-Mankato; Mayo Health System, Western Region; Mankato Clinic; Ecumen-Pathstone Living; and Open Door Health Clinic - $49,814
The College of Allied Health & Nursing will train health care professionals at its new Simulation Labs (scheduled to open in 2017). The lab will enable participants to be trained in a simulated clinical setting.
Local Contact: Louise Dickmeyer, Minnesota State University-Mankato, 507-389-3283

Minnesota State University-Mankato, Jones Metal Inc. - $28,000
Jones Metal will partner with Minnesota State University-Mankato to develop and deliver a seven-week training program for five manufacturing project engineers and two senior managers.
Local Contact: Louise Dickmeyer, Minnesota State University-Mankato, 507-389-3283

Minnesota State University-Mankato, River Hills Pet Care Hospital and New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center - $49,693
Leadership and select staff will be trained in business management practices. In addition, the entire combined workforce will be involved in assessing, improving and standardizing operating processes using lean techniques.
Local Contact: Louise Dickmeyer, Minnesota State University-Mankato, 507-389-3283

Finishing Trades Institute, WL Hall, Brin Northwestern Glass, Empirehouse Inc., and United Glass Inc. - $49,487
Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest will train 37 apprentices and 28 journeypersons on welding skills using a new virtual reality system. The training will lead to American Welding Society certification.
Local Contact: Patrick Rome, Finishing Trades Institute, 651-379-9606

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Alliance Machine Inc. - $48,485
Anoka-Ramsey Community College and veteran-owned Alliance Machine will develop a pay-for-performance competency-based program and provide individualized development plans for 38 employees.
Local Contact: Steve Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Atlas Manufacturing, Inc. - $47,693
Thirty-two production workers – three of them new – will receive customized training.
Local Contact: Steve Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683

Pine Technical and Community College, Atscott Manufacturing Co. - $49,980
Employees will receive customized training that will enable Atscott Manufacturing Co. to increase profitability by 10 percent annually.
Local Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical & Community College, 800-521-7463

Century College, MME Group - $49,996
The Production Department at MME Group will be trained on automation and assembly. Principles of continuous improvement and contract manufacturing will be developed and delivered to 64 employees.
Local Contact: Mary Nienaber, Century College, 651-779-3235

Century College, KapStone Container Corp. - $49,911
KapStone and Century College will develop and provide customized training to 106 employees, focusing on mechatronics, manufacturing skills, leadership skills and machine-specific skills.
Local Contact: Mary Nienaber, Century College, 651-779-3235

South Central College, Multek Flexible Circuits Inc. - $46,055
Multek Flexible Circuits and South Central College will customize curriculum for 191 engineering, quality control, manufacturing and maintenance employees. Training will include boiler exam prep, industrial electrical and PLC training, chemistry, and workplace math and measurement.
Local Contact: George Chapple, South Central College, 507-331-4284

Rochester Community and Technical College, Kemps - $48,913
Twenty Kemps maintenance staff will be trained in new and emerging technologies, with the goal of increasing their ability to service and repair production equipment, increase efficiencies and reduce downtime.
Local Contact: Catherine Davis, Rochester Community & Technical College, 507-280-3157

Inver Hills Community College, Lake Engineering - $49,975
Thirty-two employees will participate in customized classes focusing on continuous improvement processes and training.
Local Contact: Peter Hoch, Inver Hills Community College, 651-430-3763

St. Catherine University, Benedictine Health Systems and Presbyterian Homes and Services - $46,326
Eight employees will complete training to become certified as health data analysts. In addition, 30 employees will participate in three Train-the-Trainer courses.
Local Contact: Mary Clem, St. Catherine University, 651-690-8820

Minnesota State University-Mankato, Ultra MC - $93,949
Ultra MC, a family-owned business that specializes in precision manufacturing, will partner with Minnesota State University-Mankato in developing an online course for 205 employees. The course will focus on meeting the stringent standards of industries specializing in such areas as medical devices and aerospace.
Local Contact: Louise Dickmeyer, Minnesota State University-Mankato, 507-389-3283

Pine Technical and Community College, SEH Inc. - $350,000
SEH and Pine Technical and Community College will develop customized courses for 460 employees – 92 of them new – over three years. Classes will include presentation skills, technical writing, proposal writing, coaching, situational leadership, business and financial acumen, leading change, executive leadership coaching and a mini-MBA.
Local Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical & Community College, 800-521-7463

Pine Technical and Community College, Mid-Continent Engineering Inc. - $250,000
Mid-Continent Engineering will partner with the college to develop and deliver customized courses related to production planning and quality control systems. A total of 110 employees – 13 of them new – will participate in training relevant to their job responsibilities.
Local Contact: Jason Spaeth, Pine Technical and Community College, 800-521-7463

Advanced Minnesota/Hibbing Community College, Members Cooperative Credit Union - $104,616
A total of 193 employees from Members Cooperative Credit Union will receive customized training.
Local Contact: Dr. Trent Janezich, Advanced Minnesota, 218-969-0045

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. The program has awarded $41.8 million since 2011 to train 48,699 workers and has leveraged $82.9 million in private funding.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http://mn.gov/deed/. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/mndeed.

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