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PIPELINE Project dual-training grants

What are dual-training grants and what can they do?

Dual-training grants are part of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project, which was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 to expand dual training and apprenticeship programs. Dual-training programs provide structured on-the-job training and related instruction so employees can develop the necessary occupational competencies to succeed in their chosen career.

In 2015, the Minnesota legislature created the Dual-Training Grant Program to help employers and training providers deliver dual training to meet industry-developed occupational competency standards. The Office of Higher Education (OHE) is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

Employers can use dual-training grants to train employees in an occupation for which a competency standard has been identified in one of the four PIPELINE industries. The employers must have an agreement with a training institution or program to provide the competency training. Grant funds can be used to cover student/employees’ tuition, fees and required materials for the related instruction training.


Apply online -- OHE dual-training grant information

The request for application and other grant materials are available at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2160.

The timeline for the next grant round is:

  • July 18, 2016: release of third grant application request.
  • Sept. 23, 2016, at 5 p.m. CDT: Applications due.
  • Oct. 31, 2016: grant awards announced.
  • Dec 30, 2017: deadline for grant contract signing for spring academic year.
  • Jan. 2, 2017: Start training/beginning of the contracts.
  • A more detailed timeline of events is included in the request for application.
  • The remaining funding for this grant round is $1,441,561.16. Any additional grant rounds will be contingent on any remaining funds after this round of grants.

A more detailed timeline of events is included in the request for application.

The application includes information about the student/employees receiving the training and the training provider the employer is partnering with to provide the related instruction. The maximum total grant application is $150,000. The maximum grant award for each student/employee participating in dual training is $6,000.

Technical assistance will be available to assist employers interested in applying for PIPELINE dual-training grants. For more information, send an email message to PIPELINE.Project@state.mn.us.

Webinar meeting

There will be two webinars to provide assistance with completing the application.

On Aug. 8, 2016, and Sept. 19, 2016, OHE will conduct a webinar for all interested applicants. The first webinar meeting will walk through the application and answer any initial questions. The webinar will also answer questions about program development.

The second webinar meeting will be to answer any final questions in completing the application. The webinars are free and optional. The presentation will be recorded and made available on the OHE website for viewing afterwards.

Frequently Asked Questions

View frequently asked questions to find information about the request for application. Newly received questions and answers will be posted every Friday until Sept. 16, 2016.

Grant application resources

Planning guides are also available by industry. These guides are meant to be a working document to plan the dual training associated with approved occupations (PDFs).

Eligible industries and occupations

DLI has approved competencies for the following industries and occupations. Dual-training grants can be used to meet competency standards in the following industries and occupations:

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

  • Machinist/CNC operator
  • Maintenance and repair worker
  • Mechatronics
  • Welder
  • Quality assurance/food safety supervisor
  • Flexo technician

Industry: Agriculture

  • Agronomist
  • Mechanic, industrial truck
  • Swine manager
  • Swine technician (grow finish)
  • Swine technician (sow farm)
  • Quality assurance/food safety supervisor

Industry: Health Care Services

  • Health support specialist
  • Medical assistant
  • Psychiatric/mental health technician in-patient
  • Psychiatric/mental health technician out-patient
  • Senior living culinary manager

Industry: Information Technology

  • Security analyst
  • Service desk/front line support or computer user support specialist
  • Software developer
  • Web developer - back end
  • Web Developer - front end

What about developing additional occupations for dual training?

The industries and occupations eligible for dual-training grants will expand as additional competencies are approved by DLI. Please contact us to learn more about developing your occupation.


For help with questions about the PIPELINE Project dual-training grant request for applications, send an email message to PIPELINE.Project@state.mn.us.

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