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PIPELINE Project dual-training grants

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.


The application for the second round of grants closed May 22, 2016. Grantees will be selected by July 2016 and grant funds will be available for fall academic terms. In the first round, fifteen employers received grants totaling $490,549 that will support the training of 125 students/employees.

The Office of Higher Education (OHE) administers the dual training grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Grant funds can be used to cover student/employees’ tuition, fees and required materials for the related instruction training.

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 second round of grants is as follows:

  • Release of second request for applications: April 18, 2016
  • Applications due: May 22, 2016
  • Grant awards announced: June 30, 2016
  • Deadline for grant contract signing for fall academic year: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Start training/beginning of the contracts: Aug. 22, 2016

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

The funding remaining for the second round of grants is $2,419,541.91 (split between FY16 $479,451.91 and FY17 $1,940,000). We will begin awarding from FY16 first, and then continue funding from FY17, until the remaining funds are exhausted. Any additional grant rounds will be contingent on any remaining funds after this round of grants.

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. Grantees will be selected by July 2016, and grant funds will be available for fall academic terms.

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.

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

The industries and occupations eligible for dual-training grants will expand as additional competencies are approved by DLI.


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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