A new round of $2.7 million in grants is available to help Minnesota employers create or expand dual-training programs in the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology.
“The dual-training program is a proven success, helping employers meet their changing workforce needs while at the same time providing career and training advancement opportunities to employees,” said Dennis Olson, commissioner of Minnesota Office of Higher Education. “Forty-one companies shared in the last round of $2.1 million in grants; we look forward to awarding even more grants this year.”
The program was created to give workers the opportunity to earn while they learn, while at the same time helping businesses meet workforce needs. Since the program began, a total of 124 grants have been awarded for over $4.2 million. It is estimated that as many as 913 employees have benefited from the grant program.
The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019. The application includes information about the student/employees receiving the training and the training provider the employer is partnering with to provide the related instruction. The maximum total grant application is $150,000, not to exceed $6,000 per student/employee. Grantees will be selected by July 2019 and grant funds will be available for the following academic year.
The application can be found at tinyurl.com/yyaw8rt6.