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MPMA Members Earn Dual-Training Pipeline Grants

Thursday, June 18, 2020  
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Eight MPMA members have earned Minnesota Dual Pipeline Grants from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, including:

  • BTD Manufacturing
  • Dotson Iron Castings
  • Jones Metal, Inc.
  • K & G Manufacturing
  • Pequot Tool & Manufacturing
  • rms Company
  • UMC, Inc.
  • Winegar, Inc.

The program's Dual Training Grants give dual trainees the opportunity to earn while they learn and help businesses meet their workforce needs. This year, $2.7 million in state grants were awarded to 589 current and new employees. Four industries with in-demand, high-growth occupations are eligible to receive grants:  advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology.

"We're hearing stories of how the COVID-19 pandemic has Minnesotans re-thinking the importance and value of higher education as the path to achieving their career goals," said Commissioner Dennis Olson, Minnesota Office of Higher Education. "This employer/student partnership is finding increased success and value this year, both in terms of meeting individual goals, as well as addressing changing workforce needs."