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Seven MPMA Member Companies Earn YST@DLI Grants

Thursday, January 30, 2020  
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Seven MPMA member companies are part of some of the 17 partnerships that will receive and split $1.5 million in Youth Skills Training (YST) grants to develop and implement paid-learning opportunities for students 16 years of age and older.

  • Branch Manufacturing will be partnering with North Branch Area Schools.
  • BTD Manufacturing will be partnering with Lakeville Area Schools.
  • K & G Manufacturing will be partnering with Faribault Public Schools.
  • MRG Tool and Die will be partnering with Faribault Public Schools.
  • Permac Industries will be partnering with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools.
  • TEAM Industries will be partnering with Bemidji Career Academies.
  • Ultra Machining Corp (UMC) will be partnering with Monticello Public Schools.


“Youth Skills Training grants provide students with hands-on workforce training in high-demand, high-growth fields,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “Employers across the state are facing workforce shortages, and these innovative partnerships connect schools with local business to create career pathways for younger Minnesotans.”

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. The MPMA spearheaded the legislative effort for YST.

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

The January 2020 round of YST@DLI grants that were awarded to 17 partnerships represent 50 school districts and more than 100 employer partners in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, health care and information technology.

Grants can be used to create programs, recruit students and employers, provide training, transport students and pay for student certifications.


The YST@DLI program develops partnerships between schools, employers, and community organizations to provide safe, healthy and meaningful paid work experience to students 16 and older. These locally developed partnerships provide exposure to industry, related classroom instruction, safety training, industry-recognized credentials and paid work experience.

For more information about the Youth Skills Training Program or grant opportunities, contact Rich Wessels at 651-284-5184 or