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Minnesota workforce, business needs align

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded more than $3.3 million in grants to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the College of St. Scholastica to train 4,482 current and new employees of 34 businesses.

The grants were awarded under the agency’s Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program. The program works 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 $6.8 million from partners.

Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), along with Innova Industries in Fergus Falls, received a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant for $49,754.

Privately-owned Innova Industries provides laser cutting, fabrication, welding, finishing and assembly for customers that include Case New Holland and Bobcat. Alexandria Technical and Community College will work with the business to develop training for 66 employees.

Courses include leadership techniques and accountability, corrective action, root cause analysis and problem solving, quick response manufacturing and lean, scheduling and inventory control methods, and more.

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