Workforce Development grants assist with education, training and career awareness initiatives that address regional workforce needs and gaps emerging in industries and schools.
Contact: Danae Beaudette, 218-735-3022, Danae.Beaudette@state.mn.us
Eligible applicants: An accredited post-secondary education institution, nonprofits, tribal governments and governmental entities created pursuant to Minnesota Statutes partnering with industries providing education or training programs operating within the agency's service area. (State of Minnesota agencies are ineligible). Multi-organization collaboration is encouraged.
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation works to improve economic opportunities for diversity and inclusion within our service area.
The Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) used a Workforce Development grant from Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation to expand the EMPOWER program from Hibbing Community College (HCC) to other colleges including Mesabi Range campuses in Virginia and Eveleth. EMPOWER is designed to increase women’s enrollment in high-demand nontraditional fields of study such as welding, auto mechanics, diesel and heavy equipment mechanics, electrical maintenance, law enforcement, heating and cooling technician, industrial mechanics, carpentry and I.T. networking and security. These fields support industries across northeastern Minnesota including mining, construction, transportation and manufacturing. EMPOWER can potentially increase the earning capability of women in northeastern Minnesota as well as fill job openings at area businesses. HCC has 30 women enrolled in nontraditional classes, and Mesabi Range has 12 women enrolled at its Eveleth campus. EMPOWER has assisted them with tuition, books, tools, transportation and ballistic vests for law enforcement students.