DEED awards $1.5 million in project grants

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded workforce development grants totaling $1.5 million to train 2,919 workers under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP).

“Over 300,000 Minnesotans have received training funded by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program since its inception,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “These training grants upgrade employee skills and effectively make Minnesota businesses more competitive and desirable 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 grant was awarded locally through this program:

Minnesota State College Southeast and St. Anne of Winona, Sauer Healthcare and St. Crispin Living Community – $49,182
Minnesota State College Southeast and Winona State University nursing students and instructors will build a new Trained Medication Aides curriculum to assist three long-term health care facilities address their workforce needs. Eighteen trainees will be eligible for pay increases upon successfully completing the program.

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 $53.1 million since 2011 to train 64,755 workers and has leveraged $113 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 its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.