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Workforce Development

Workforce 1Workforce Development grants support education, training and career awareness initiatives that emerge from industry sectors, schools or collaborations that build capacity. The goal of the program is to increase responsiveness or demonstrate innovation to address workforce and business needs. 

Contact: Danae Beaudette, 218-735-3022,

Eligible applicants:  An accredited post-secondary education institution, State of Minnesota governmental entities and/or nonprofit organizations partnering with industries providing education or training programs operating within the agency's service area. Multi-organization collaboration is welcomed and encouraged. 

FY22 Workforce Development grant guidelines

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation works to improve economic opportunities for diversity and inclusion within our service area.

Success Story

Skills Training - WorkforceMDI is offering career skills training to its employees and other people with disabilities. The training focuses on professional skill development including a positive attitude, teamwork, receiving constructive criticism, work ethic, communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, time management, flexibility and self-confidence. MDI is a non-profit manufacturer of standard and custom corrugated plastic as well as a provider of assembly and environmental services. For over 50 years, MDI has provided meaningful employment in an inclusive environment with nearly half of its 400 employees being people with disabilities. It has four locations throughout Minnesota including Cohasset, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Minneapolis. MDI also provides job placement assistance to help people with disabilities secure employment at area businesses that pay a competitive wage. The work skills training program was originally launched in 2017, and 100 MDI employees and community members successfully completed it to date. Through a partnership with Advanced Minnesota, training is open to MDI employees, members of the public, and area high school students with disabilities who are approaching graduation and in need of assistance with transition to employment.

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