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Five Partnerships Awarded Youth Skills Training Grants

Monday, January 7, 2019  
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Five partnerships have each been awarded $95,000 Youth Skills Training (YST) grants to develop and implement paid-learning opportunities for students 16 years of age and older.

"We are excited about the youth skills training partnerships developing throughout Minnesota to expose high school students to skilled work," said Amy Walstien, MPMA's Director of Government Relations. "Over 30 local business-education partnerships are developing YST programs and applied for YST grants to further their work. The level of interest in these programs underscores the need for additional funding support, and the MPMA will request expansion of the program during the 2019 legislative session."

The grants are part of a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (YST@DLI) program, which was signed into law in 2017 with bipartisan support, to create and provide employment training for student learners ages 16 and older in high-growth, high-demand occupations. MPMA spearheaded the legislation that created the program.

"These grants allow high schools, businesses and community organizations to work together to train students and create skilled workers for their communities," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner.

YST@DLI grants will be awarded to the following partnerships, who represent 25 school districts and more than 50 employer partners in advanced manufacturing, health care, and agriculture.

  • ISD 728 serving the communities of Elk River, Otsego, Rogers, and Zimmerman
  • ISD 831 Forest Lake Area Schools
  • ISD 287 Pathways to College
  • Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council
  • Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation

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