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$3.3 Million Grant to MnSCU Means Customized Training for MCTC Community Partners

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Training at MCTC.Thirteen Minnesota state colleges have been selected to receive 18 grants totaling $3.3 million from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP). Businesses working as partners with these colleges will match these grants with an additional $8.1 million bringing the total impact of the awards to $11.4 million. The colleges will use these funds to develop and deliver customized training programs that meet the specific needs of each business partner. Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will partner with two local employers, Gedney Foods and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, utilizing more than $290,000 of these funds to develop customized training.

“Each year, our colleges and universities train over 150,000 incumbent workers through partnerships with more than 6,000 Minnesota businesses and employers,” said Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “These grants and the generous matching funds from our business partners will help ensure Minnesota workers stay at the leading edge of their fields. Customized training for employees is a critical element in keeping Minnesota industries globally competitive.” The training programs developed with grant funding will be utilized by MnSCU campuses and business partners throughout the state.

In the last 12 months, MCTC has received $1.2 million in MJSP grants. With these grants, MCTC has swiftly responded to the workforce needs of employers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In turn, these industry partnerships have furthered MCTC’s reputation as a preferred provider of workforce solutions through process improvement and business transformation training.

Of the total $290,000 MCTC will receive of this grant, the College will partner with two local employers to provide customized training:

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press: Nearly $50,000 will be used by MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training to provide a one-year business transformation training program for the Pioneer Press management team across the organization in a number of critical areas including business process improvement, financial management, project management, leadership, critical thinking and innovation. This will ensure Pioneer Press employees have the needed 21st century skills to fully deploy digital media tools for subscribers and advertisers, and increase skills, capabilities and innovation to maximize print product market share.
  • Gedney Foods: Makers of the famed Minnesota pickle, $240,000 of the grant will be used by MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training to provide a three-year training program focusing on workplace safety, maximizing productivity, process standardization, workforce advancement and food safety qualifications.

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP), a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state. MJSP training grants are used to offset training-related expenses associated with meeting Minnesota’s current and future workforce needs.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

Training Program Matches Educational Pathways to Hennepin County Jobs

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: A view of MinneapolisIn a move that will diversify Hennepin County’s Human Services Division and bring together community partners, Hennepin County has changed its education hiring requirements for the Human Services Representative position to recommend either a two-year degree, graduation from a county-approved training program or a combination of education and experience.

In response to this change, a cross-sector collaborative including Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Minneapolis Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Hennepin County has worked together to design a county-approved Human Services Pathways training program specifically intended to educate students for a job with Hennepin County. The eight-month training program provides a curriculum of Human Services, customer service and computer courses in order to prepare individuals for the position of Human Service Representative with Hennepin County. The pilot run of the Pathways program is set to begin this March, and is recruiting 30 students. Click here for an informational flier.

The customized program was designed and will be taught through MCTC’s department of Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) in collaboration with Minneapolis ABE. “This has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with an employer and community partners to create a program that’s truly designed for what the employer wants and what students need,” said Loretta Anderson, director of continuing education at MCTC. CECT has a long history of providing customized training for Minnesota employers including the City of Minneapolis, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Caribou Coffee and the Department of Human Services.

PPL received a generous FastTRAC grant from the State of Minnesota to launch this new training program. PPL will recruit students for the Human Services Pathways program and provide supportive services intended to remove obstacles to education like childcare and transportation. PPL will also coordinate with Hennepin County to provide internship experiences for students when they near the completion of their program. “From start to finish, PPL will help students by removing obstacles to their success,” said Anderson. “It’s wonderful to have PPL as a partner—they provide a holistic approach to student success.” This is one of four short-term certificate programs PPL has created in partnership with MCTC and other partners, all with the aim of creating life-changing opportunities for low-income individuals to assemble the skills they need to get and keep a job, leading to a career.

Students who finish the training program will earn eight credits at MCTC—six of them in the College’s renowned Human Services program. “Human Services is one of MCTC’s star programs, particularly because it expertly blends work and study through internships that often result in placements,” said MCTC Associate Vice President of Workforce Development Mike Christenson. In addition to graduates of the new collaborative training program, graduates of MCTC’s Human Services program will also be eligible for the redefined Hennepin County hiring guidelines.

According to Hennepin County, human services directors recognize the need to hire from a pool of diverse individuals to reflect the clients that the county serves. Programs like the Human Services Pathways program encourage hiring from educational institutions with strong ties to diverse communities and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The County recognizes experience is valuable, especially combined with training and education.

“This move will immediately diversify the workforce of Hennepin County,” said Christenson.

Click here to learn more about MCTC’s Human Services program.

MCTC Joins Community Organizations Training Workers to Build New Vikings Stadium

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC customized training.Minneapolis Community and Technical College joins Saint Paul College and dozens of community organizations to identify, organize and train a Vikings stadium construction workforce that reflects the diversity of the state of Minnesota.

MCTC joins a coalition of community partners serving as an Employee Assistance Firm to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The MSFA has committed to turning this major construction project into “the people’s stadium.” According to a recent article in MinnPost, this partnership and the coalition of partners supporting the project will not only assist the MSFA in meeting its goals of achieving a workforce comprised of at least 32 percent minorities and 6 percent women, but will also put a system in place to meet the workforce needs for future construction projects in Minnesota.

MCTC’s division of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Customized Training offers customized training services to businesses and organizations like Caribou Coffee, Cargill, Pizza Luce, Target, US Bank, Wells Fargo and more.