DEED Receives $6M Workforce Training Grant
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) a $5.75 million grant this week to fund job training programs in high-growth sectors.
Training programs that will receive a boost include those in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, information technology and transportation.
Funds will be dispersed to boost the skills of the already employed as well as establishing “career pathways” for job seekers.
News of the grant arrives off the heels of last month’s uptick in unemployment, an occurrence unfamiliar to Minnesota since June 2009.
“As the state’s Baby Boomers exit the workforce, it is crucial that we have the ability to connect available workers to the skills they need to be successful,” DEED commissioner Katie Sieben said in a statement. “Additional funding will enable us to enhance services for dislocated and current workers who are looking to update their skills for in-demand fields.”
Grants delivered by the U.S. Department of Labor, totaling $138 million, were handed out to 27 states as part of the Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant program.
DEED will administer the grant’s implementation through employers, educational institutions, local and statewide workforce development services and the Governor’s Workforce Development Council.