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DEED awards 16 grants to train lower-income and current Minnesota workers


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $1,904,435 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,199 lower-income individuals and 505 current workers.

Twelve Low Income Worker Training Program grants will cover the cost of training for ‘training-ready’ individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, and four MJSP grants will train 505 current employees of Smiths Medical, Engineered Products Company, Precision, Inc., and Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc.

The MJSP works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. With support from Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota legislature, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded $25.4 million since 2011 to train 32,239 workers and has leveraged $56.8 million in private funding.

“The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program responded to business workforce needs by training more than 260,000 Minnesotans,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “These training initiatives will help individuals acquire the necessary skills to pursue new career opportunities and ultimately achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

The Low Income Worker Training grants include:

YWCA/Interstate Truck Driving School, YWCA of St. Paul - $138,710

Since 2011, the YWCA has been working with Interstate Truck Driving School to prepare hard to employ people to earn their CDL – Class B which qualifies graduates for jobs in the transportation and construction industries. After eligibility verification and assessment, candidates are selected to participate in the Class B CDL Permit Preparation Program. This YWCA-delivered, 40-hour course prepares trainees to pass the State-administered Class B CDL Permit Exam, a prerequisite for enrollment at the Interstate Truck Driving School. During this time, one-on-one instructor guidance is available and personal barriers are addressed. After passing the Permit Exam, trainees continue with the Interstate Truck Driving School-Professional Dock Truck Program. Graduates receive individualized job search, placement and follow-up services along with ongoing intervention, advocacy and support.

Contact: William Collins, Jr., YWCA, 651-222-3741

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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 perc ..... 
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Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters of upcoming property tax refund deadline

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners and renters that the due date to file for a 2013 property tax refund is Aug. 15, 2014. State law provides for a one-year grace period to claim these refunds, however, t ..... 
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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in southeast Minnesota counties

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in four southeastern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, 2014. Through these free collection eve ..... 
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Forest Resources Council requests Public Comment on Regional Forest Plan

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is requesting citizen review and comment on the draft Southeast Landscape Plan: A Regional Plan to Guide Sustainable Forest Management. The plan provides cross-ownership recommendations for long-term for ..... 
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Commerce Department Investigation Unearths Multiple Allegations against Criminal Coin Dealer

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – A Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation of Wholesale Assets Worldwide, LLC (WAW), a company engaged in coin and precious metal dealings, and Dennis Charles Helmer has been cited in an indictment by the United States Attorn ..... 
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After 6-Year Wait, Mankato Civic Center Expansion to Be Completed

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The expansion of the Mankato Civic Center has been six years in the making. And thanks to the 2014 Jobs Bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton last May, the project is finally on track to be comple ..... 
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Toledo Community Foundation’s First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund Awards Grant To Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

TOLEDO, OHIO, August 13, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund to RREAL in the amount of $15,000. These funds will be used to install a solar system for t ..... 
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MnDOT reminds motorists of work zone safety after two crashes near Rochester

Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Two Minnesota Department of Transportation vehicles have been struck by motorists in the past week, including a crash that occurred in a work zone on Monday afternoon. The crashes serve as reminders to motorists of the importanc ..... 
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