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Alex Tech gets grant for job training

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded nearly $3.3 million in grants to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to train 4,294 current and new employees of 18 businesses.

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A partnership between the Alexandria Technical and Community College and Central Minnesota Credit Union will receive a grant of $228,760.

Central Minnesota Credit Union is a member-owned organization serving 50,000 customers and has 16 branches, 272 current employees and $785 million in assets.

Central Minnesota Credit Union anticipates hiring 28 new employees during the grant period.

The credit union will coordinate with Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) to develop curriculum focusing on financial and leadership training for 300 employees.

Sixteen employees will receive online course development training, enabling them to manage e-learning training modules.

Online training will allow employees in remote locations to participate in courses while saving time and money, according to the ATCC.

Employees will have the opportunity to progress to higher positions based on completed coursework.

The grants were awarded under DEED’s Minnesota Job Skills PartnershipProgram. The program works strategically with both businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state.

In this grant round, the program leveraged about $8.9 million from partners.

“Since its inception in 1983, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has helped more than 260,000 Minnesota workers gain new skills through customized training,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “In addition to the investment in our workforce, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program also increases the long-term success of participating businesses statewide.”

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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