Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Awarded $3.3 million Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grants

Posted: March 14, 2014

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

Contact: Madeline Koch, Director of Communications  651-259-7236  madeline.koch@state.mn.us

Contributions from business partners bring total impact to $12.2 million

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 14, 2014 - Thirteen Minnesota state colleges have been selected to receive 18 grants totaling $3.3 million from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. Businesses working as partners with these colleges will match these grants with an additional $8.9 million bringing the total impact of the awards to $12.2 million. The colleges will use these funds to develop and deliver customized training programs that meet the specific needs of each business partner. The training programs developed with grant funding will be utilized by MnSCU campuses and business partners throughout the state.

“Each year, our colleges and universities train over 130,000 workers through partnerships with Minnesota businesses and employers,” said Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “These grants and the generous matching funds from our business partners will help ensure Minnesota workers stay at the leading edge of their fields. Customized training for employees is a critical element in keeping Minnesota industries globally competitive.”

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP), a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state. MJSP training grants are used to offset training-related expenses associated with meeting Minnesota’s current and future workforce needs.

The colleges selected to receive the MJSP grants are:




Alexandria Technical & Community College
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Century College
Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College
Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College
Inver Hills Community College
Lake Superior College
Lake Superior College
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Normandale Community College
Saint Paul College 


Central Minnesota Credit Union
H. Brooks and Company
Absolute Quality Manufacturing
BTD Manufacturing
Intek Plastics
ConAgra Foods
Polaris Industries, Inc.
Shutterfly, Inc.
AAR Corporation
Employment Link
Gedney Foods
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Benedictine Health System
TRW Automotive
Berry Pallets, Inc.
Avicenna Technology, Inc.
Western National Insurance Group
HealthEast Medical Transportation



The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.