Dee DePass. Grant Will Aid Manufacturing Training: Employers And Educators In Northwestern Minnesota Will Train Hundreds Of Workers In Skills Business Need, Star Tribune, May 22, 2008, at D2.
MN officials gave $352,993, as part of a Job Skills Partnership Grant, for a customized program called Manufacturing First that will train hundreds of manufacturing employees in northwestern MN over the next three years. The purpose of the program is to provide “stronger partnerships and better alignment of resources between education and manufacturing businesses [to] strengthen the industry in the long term.” The manufacturing sector has taken “hard-hits” due to outsourcing, layoffs, and recessions. The goal of the new program is to offer technical, financial, and job training resources to “link educational institutions to businesses with specific training needs.” Pine Technical College and employees from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership will lead the initiative.