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Knute Nelson to benefit from WCI Competitive Workforce grant

Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M-State) Moorhead is one of six recipients of West Central Initiative's (WCI) first Competitive Workforce Grant award.

The purpose of the new grant program is to improve the economy of west central Minnesota. It provides one year of start-up funding for organizations and communities to launch new, promising workforce development strategies.

M-State was awarded $25,000 for its long-term healthcare workforce development project. This joint effort between M-State and four long-term care facilities located in Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Glenwood and Wheaton, will deliver specialty training to nursing assistants (CNAs).

The project also includes leadership training targeted to licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The long-term partners include Knute Nelson in Alexandria, Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood, Traverse Care Center in Wheaton and PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.

"Long-term facilities throughout the region are facing worker shortages and turnover, especially among nursing assistants," said Angie Urman, Knute Nelson Care Center administrator. "This incentive-based training initiative is a strategic attempt to attract talented employees to our care center and reduce turnover, thus strengthening our ability to provide exceptional care."

The awardees were chosen for their capacity to meet the needs of employers and workers in west central Minnesota, allow an organization to experiment with new ways to address skill shortages, and test promising approaches likely to result in people securing jobs.

For a list of award recipients, visit The next round of Competitive Workforce Grant will be announced in early 2013.

WCI is a regional community foundation serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Travers and Wilkin counties. WCI invests resources in the communities for regional success.

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