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.