New DEED Career Pathways Grants Expand Opportunities

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 09/12/2013

(Sept. 12, 2013) "” The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded $1,475,000 to 17 adult career pathways projects in the state under the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative to help train and place 1,000 workers statewide.

Minnesota FastTRAC's approach integrates basic skills and career training in high-demand fields, meeting business needs and ensuring that students find jobs with a pathway to future employment. The collaborative effort seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by helping low-skill and low-income adults succeed in the workplace.

"Minnesota FastTRAC is an innovative program that teaches the skills needed for careers in demand," said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. "This program is putting Minnesotans back to work and helping businesses fill jobs in growing fields like health care and manufacturing."

Minnesota FastTRAC is a partnership including the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Education "“ Adult Basic Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Minnesota FastTRAC partners form a professional learning community, building the capacity of educators and workforce development providers across the state to align service and deliver effective programming for high barrier populations.

Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway Grant Awards

Emerge/ Manufacturing, $142,460
Sixty North Minneapolis residents will learn medical device manufacturing skills leading to nine credits in machining and a credential in the National Institute in Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS): Measurement, Materials and Safety. Employer partners include Marshall Manufacturing, Graco, Remmele Engineering, E.J. Ajax, Perbix, Medtronic, LSA Laser and Meier Tool and Die.

Central Minnesota Jobs & Training/Health Care and Manufacturing, $123,534
The funding will equip 66 residents of central Minnesota with initial courses leading to employment in health care, manufacturing, human services and customer service occupations.

Rural MN CEP/ Construction Trades, $123,468
Fifty students in northwest Minnesota will take an initial nine credits leading to a construction technology diploma. Employer partners include Higgins Heating, Zetah Construction, Headwaters Builders Association and Greater Bemidji.

Hmong American Partnership /Horticulture, $118,719
The funding will equip 30 metro-area Hmong residents with nine credits of training toward a 16-credit horticultural or other certificate program. Blooming Roots is the employer partner.

HIRED/Manufacturing, $113,970
Ninety-six disadvantaged job seekers and English language learners in the metro area will take courses leading to a certificate in integrated soldering. Employer partners in this project include E.J. Ajax, Morrissey, Metal Craft, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, Indrotec, Griffiths Corporation, Remmele Engineering, Entegris, Medtronic, Aerotek, Perbix, Nelson Numeric, RMS, St. Jude Medical and Marshall Manufacturing.

SOAR Career Solutions/Health Care, $110,955
Fifteen participants in northeast Minnesota will receive 14 credits leading toward a certification in phlebotomy. Essentia Health is the employer partner.

Southwest MN Private Industry Council/Health Care, $100,674
The funding will be used to train 90 southwest Minnesota residents in courses relevant to health care occupations. The employer partners are Avera, Prairie View and Good Samaritan Society.

Project for Pride in Living/Human Services, $99,724
The project will offer 30 metro-area participants internships and training to earn credits toward a human services diploma. Hennepin County is the employer partner.

MN Valley Action Council/Manufacturing and Health Care, $75,980
Forty-five participants in south central Minnesota will be provided training for employment as manufacturing and health care fields. Employer partners include Oak Terrace Senior Retirement Community, Michael Foods, Armour-Eckrich, POET biorefining, Tony Downs Foods, ISD 77, St. Luke's, Minnesota Valley Health Center, Mapleton Community Home and Luther Memorial Home.

Workforce Development, Inc. /Health Care, $75,220
Funding will be used to train 135 currently employed, lower-skilled residents of southeast Minnesota participants for several health care certifications. Mayo Clinic is the employer partner.

Anoka County Job Training Center/Health Care, $69,332
The project will offer 40 metro-area dislocated workers or MFIP recipients skills instruction and training to become certified nursing assistants. Employer partners include Crest View Senior Communities, Volunteers of America, Benedictine Health Center and Lutheran Social Services.

Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council/Manufacturing, $62,014
Project funding will provide 12 current Gold'n Plump workers with four credits toward the eight-credit Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Production Certificate. Employer-paid tuition will be used to fund the remaining credits.

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training/ Transportation, $57,172
Fifteen female MFIP recipients in northeast Minnesota will participate in beginning courses in commercial truck driving certificate program. Halvor Lines, Willie Transport and Ravelli Trucking are employer partners.

HIRED/Health Care, $56,985
The funding will be used to train 120 metro-area, lower-skilled participants for employment in the health care industry.

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota / Health Care, $49,817
Ten metro-area participants who are deaf or hard of hearing will learn skills necessary for employment as phlebotomists or medical billing and coding professionals.

Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity/Health Care, $47,488
One hundred fifty lower-income, minority and female trainees will receive training leading to an EMT license and college certification. BLS Ambulance Service, St. Paul Fire Department EMS and Youth Job Corps are employer partners.

WSA 16 Washington County Workforce Center/Office Administration, $47,488
Twenty metro-area participants will receive training in office administration and internship placement assistance. Wells Fargo, Community Thread and Valley Outreach are employer partners in this project.

Check out a video featuring interviews with adult learners and service providers involved with Minnesota FastTRAC training. Be sure to "like" the video on YouTube.

The Minnesota FastTRAC partnership includes the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System; Minnesota Department of Education; Minnesota Department of Corrections; DEED; Minnesota Department of Human Services; local employers, workforce development agencies, human services and community-based organizations; Minnesota Office of Higher Education; Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry; and the Governor's Workforce Development Council.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at Follow us on Twitter at

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