The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded nine workforce development grants totaling nearly $1.3 million under the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) to assist businesses and educational institutions in training workers to keep high-quality jobs in the state. These grants were awarded in early March 2020, prior to impact from the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota.

Among grant recipients was Alexandria Technical & Community College, which secured nearly $50,000 to partner with Aagard to train 104 employees. The training will focus on building critical leadership skills and enhance the skill sets at all levels of the organization to meet their customers’ growing needs.

Since 2011, MJSP has awarded $69.1 million to train more than 80,725 workers and has leveraged $142 million in private funding. The next application deadline is May 4th and grants will be awarded at the June 15th MJSP meeting


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