Minnesota is providing $2.6 million to 21 groups to train low-income workers for jobs in health care, manufacturing, accounting and other fields.
The Low Income Worker Training Program grants from the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development will pay for training of “training-ready” individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said the training will help people find better jobs in in-demand careers: “This investment works to address racial employment disparity by providing Minnesotans with barriers to employment, and especially those from communities of color, the training they need to access living wage jobs.”
The grants go to:
- Greater Bemidji-MN Innovation Institute, MN Innovation Institute-The Idea Circle, $198,000. Forty-eight individuals will receive training in one of two areas: CNC Machine Operator training, a 160-hour course that prepares trainees for certification from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, or Mechatronics, an 80-hour course providing entry-level skills into the technical careers of machine maintenance and machine repair.
- Southwest MN Private Industry Council, Inc., Minnesota West Community and Technical College, $78,320. Forty unemployed or low-income individuals will receive training to earn an industry-recognized credential that will help them begin or advance in a manufacturing career.
- Workforce Development, Inc., Riverland Community College and South Central College, $200,000. Training will be provided in three levels, based on the needs of the participant: Pre-employment Academy; CNA training and certification; and LPN prerequisite courses.
- Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Anoka Technical College, Pine Technical and Community College, Ridgewater College, $198,000. Funding for, 25 individuals to attend a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program at one of four colleges.
- Anoka County Job Training Center, Anoka Technical College, $154,000. This training project will provide 40 low-income individuals with the opportunity to complete Precision Sheet Metal Training.
- Southeast Asian Refugee Community Home, TSI CONNECT, LLC, $50,000. Forty low-income individuals will receive soldering skills training.
- Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, $82,995. Fifty low-income individuals will receive training for entry-level occupations in the financial and customer service industries.
- Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), $71,924. Culturally relevant customer service training that will prepare 45 participants to attain jobs in call centers or office/reception positions.
- MN African Women’s Association, North American Medical Academy, $99,671. Support for 82 Pan-African women for training to become Certified Nursing Assistants/Home Health Aides and to plan for and advance along a career ladder.
- Neighborhood House, RESOURCE, Inc., $92,675. Training for 32 low-income individuals for employment within accounting support or medical office support.
- Summit Academy OIC, Summit Academy OIC, St. Paul College, Hennepin County STS Homes Program, $137,500. Training for 110 low-income individuals to get certifications in pre-apprenticeship carpentry (with a variety of specialties), community health worker or pharmacy technician.
- Community Action Duluth, Lake Superior College, $47,250. Customer service representative training to prepare 24 participants for banking positions and other customer service representative positions.
- Oshkiimaajitahdah Career Services, $100,000. Intermediate-level welding training for 30 low-income individuals.
- Northwest Indian OIC, Optivation, Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University, $164,302. Forty-eight individuals will complete training leading to industry-recognized certifications.
- Twin Cities RISE, Dakota County Technical College, $70,445. Provide 60 low-income individuals with Guest Operations Service Training, targeting entry-level positions in the hospitality industry of Guest Services Representative, Banquet Set-Up, and other entry-level customer service and hospitality positions.
- Project for Pride in Living, (PPL), $138,985. Training for 100 low-income individuals via three training tracks: health care, banking and health care plus, designed to provide career advancement for CNAs with at least one year of experience.
- American Indian OIC, Takoda Institute of Higher Education, $197,074. Ninety individuals will receive training based on feedback from employer advisory committees, employer partner surveys, and Minnesota Labor Market Information.
- Hmong American Partnership, Metropolitan Transportation Network, $103,940. Commercial Driver’s License Class B Training for 125 low-income individuals.
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, Prime Digital Academy, $192,500. Funds will support 25 IT Pathways participants in advanced training delivered by Prime Digital Academy, a licensed private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the only Minnesota-based coding boot camp.
- Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, St. Paul College, $180,895. Assist 100 low-income residents in gaining skills for obtaining employment and advancement in health care, human service, medical office or hospitality, management, customer services, sales.
- HIRED, Adult Options in Education, $112,112. A Culinary Skills training program for 100 participants.