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More than two-dozen Minnesota employers have created apprenticeship programs, or are in the process of creating apprenticeship programs, through MAI.

"As a small company, it’s no easy task to form and implement training programs. By partnering with DLI through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative, Alliance Machine has been able to provide valued customized training to our employees. This apprenticeship program not only develops existing employees and supports retention, but provides us with a great tool for recruitment. We couldn’t be happier ."
— Greg Hofstede, manager of operational excellence, Alliance Machine Inc.

Aero Design and Manufacturing – Duluth

Good Shepherd Lutheran 
Services – Rushford

Progressive Individual Resources – West St. Paul

Agco Corporation – Jackson

K&G Manufacturing – Faribault

Rock On Enterprises – Waite Park

Alliance Machine – Elk River

Logic PD – Eden Prairie

Roseau County Ford – Roseau

Buhler – Plymouth

Matrix Home Health Care – Edina

Thorne Crest Retirement Community – Albert Lea

Caledonia Care and 
Rehab – Caledonia

Mechanical Systems, Inc – Dundas

Three Links – Northfield

CentraCare – St. Cloud

Metropolitan Transportation 
Network – Fridley

Viracon – Owatonna

Custom Mold and Design – Forest Lake

Mount Olivet Rolling Acres – Chanhassen

Wells Technology, Inc – Bemidji

Dan's Southside Marine – Bloomington

MRG Tool and Die – Faribault

Wilder Foundation – St. Paul

Essentia Health – Duluth

Owens Corning – Minneapolis

Uponor – Apple Valley

Fairview Health Services – 
multiple locations

Pequot Tool and Manufacturing – Pequot Lakes


FORD Asset – multiple locations

Potlatch – Bemidji



Mount Olivet Rolling Acres group

Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres developed a direct support professional apprenticeship program and is the first employer through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative to register that occupation. Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres plans to enroll 30 apprentices throughout the next three years to work at group homes throughout the metro area. Staff from Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres, DLI, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and three new apprentices gathered to mark the creation of the new program.

Owens Corning

 Owens Corning in Minneapolis recently created an advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative.

Viracon apprentices

 Viracon in Owatonna brought on two apprentices through its advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program created with assistance from the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative.

Fairview staff

 Leaders from Fairview Health Services, DLI and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (above) gathered Feb. 21, 2017, to celebrate the registration of Fairview Health Service’s newly established Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) registered apprenticeship program created through MAI. As many as 170 apprentices are expected to enroll in Fairview’s program, which will be the largest BSN program in the United States.


Questions about MAI or apprenticeship? Contact us.

  • Jason Wadell
    MAI Grant Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 651-259-7552 

  • LaRohn Latimer 
    Apprenticeship Field Representative, Program Development, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, 651-284-5223

  • Leslie Philmon
    Apprenticeship Field Representative, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, 651-284-5330