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July 7, 2016

Second round of dual-training grants awarded

Twenty-two Minnesota companies and education providers will receive state funding to begin on-the-job training programs for both current and new employees as part of the Minnesota PIPELINE Program.

The Dual Training Grants legislation, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Mark Dayton, was created to give students the opportunity to earn while they learn, while at the same time helping businesses meet workforce needs. Four industries with high-demand, high-growth occupations have been identified to receive grants:  advanced manufacturing, health care services, information technology and agriculture.

"As the cost of a postsecondary education continues to increase, students are finding it more and more difficult to complete or continue their education," said Commissioner Larry Pogemiller, Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE). "This round of grants will help 171 students learn new skills while they earn a paycheck; skills that could help them secure a good job or advance their career."

Fourteen of the new grants are being awarded to companies located in Greater Minnesota, with eight in the metro area. Nineteen of the grants are in advanced manufacturing, one in agriculture and two in information technology. The degrees and credentials being sought range from a Professional Certificate and Machine Tool Tech Diploma to an Associate of Science Degree.

OHE administers the dual-training grants, in collaboration with the Minnesota PIPELINE Program at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Grant funds can be used to cover students’/employees’ tuition, fees and required materials for the related instruction training in PIPELINE Program occupations.

"By combining on-the-job training with classroom learning, the PIPELINE Program helps employers develop their workforce," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "Apprenticeships and dual-training have been successful in the United States and Europe for centuries. We are excited to continue to support them in Minnesota with this second round of grants."

Grants are being awarded to the following Minnesota organizations.

  1. Adhesive Label, New Hope -- Flexographic Tech
  2. Anez Consulting, Inc., Willmar -- University of Minnesota Extension
  3. AWT Labels and Packaging, Minneapolis -- Flexographic Tech
  4. Cardinal Glass Industries, Northfield -- South Central College
  5. Computype, Inc., Roseville -- Flexographic Tech
  6. Cybex International, Owatonna -- South Central College
  7. Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis -- Global Knowledge, New Horizon, Kepner Tregoe
  8. Flexo Impression, Savage -- Flexographic Tech
  9. Gauthier Industries, Rochester -- South Central College
  10. Greater Bemidji, Bemidji -- Minnesota Innovation Institute
  11. Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin -- Riverland Community College
  12. JBS, Worthington -- Minnesota West
  13. Jones Metal, Mankato -- South Central College
  14. K&G Manufacturing, Faribault -- South Central College
  15. MN.IT Services, St. Paul -- CED Solutions, New Horizons and Collier IT
  16. Ornua Ingredients, North America, Byron -- Riverland Community College
  17. Sage Electrochromics, Faribault -- South Central College
  18. Sappi Fine Paper, Cloquet -- Lake Superior College
  19. SFC Global Supply Chain Inc., Marshall -- Minnesota West Community College
  20. UMC, Inc., Monticello -- St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  21. Viracon, Owatonna -- Riverland Community College and South Central Community College
  22. Yeager Machine, Inc., Norwood Young America -- Ridgewater Community College and Alexandria Tech

For more information about dual-training grants, contact Sandy Connolly at (651) 259-3902 or sandy.connolly@state.mn.us.

For more information about the Minnesota PIPELINE Program, contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us.

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