State Awards $49K Job Skills Training Grant

State Awards $49K Job Skills Training Grant

Minnesota’s economic development agency has awarded a grant to Anoka-Ramsey Community College to provide an Elk River-based company’s employees with job skills training.

Alliance Machine, Inc., an Elk River-based precision machine shop, will benefit from a roughly $49,000 job training grant.
The company—which serves the defense, aerospace, and medical industries—will send its 35 employees to Anoka-Ramsey Community College (the grant recipient) to participate in business- and management-related courses.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)—which awarded the $49,475 grant through its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) program—said that the partnership is meant to increase market competitiveness through skills training.
“The customized training provided by the MJSP program creates an opportunity for workers to grow their careers and earnings potential and allows Alliance Machine to compete competitively in the global marketplace,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in a statement.
Alliance Machine employees will be able to take one to seven courses at the community college, including a math for machinists course, a business process analysis course, and an energy efficiency for manufacturing course. Upon successful completion, employees will receive training certificates.
According to DEED, the MJSP program connects businesses to educational institutions to train or re-train employees, expand company work opportunities, and maintain in-state jobs.
Steve Jones, the director of continuing education and customized training at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, told Twin Cities Business that the funding his college received comes from the state legislature.
To qualify for the grant, an education institution must be accredited through institutional or specialized accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
To apply for the grant, businesses must submit a proposal that addresses training needs, proves the economic benefit of the training, and promotes increased wages as a result of training, among other requirements. The MJSP director and staff then score each proposal based on those criteria. The MJSP board makes the final approval.
Since the MJSP program began in 1983, it has reportedly awarded $132 million in grants and has trained 261,192 workers. The program awarded more than $5 million to train 6,549 workers from 33 businesses in Minnesota for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to DEED.
Founded in 1987, Alliance Machine manufactures machine components and products for the aerospace, medical, military and defense, automotive, and technology industries. It is a certified veteran-owned and operated business, according to its website.