WDS partners with RMCEP on worker training grants

October 22, 2020

Employees at the Friesen’s manufacturing plant in Detroit Lakes will be among the first to benefit from a new partnership between Minnesota State Community and Technical College and Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.

Thanks to funding from a $24,000 incumbent worker training grant available through RMCEP, M State’s Workforce Development Solutions will provide 96 hours of welding training to Friesen employees beginning in early November.

Friesen’s, a long-time Detroit Lakes industry with 100 employees, provides custom-engineered systems for the food processing, packaging and manufacturing industries.

M State is currently reaching out to other employers in the region that have training needs and could qualify for an Incumbent Worker Training Grant. Eligible businesses must be located in Minnesota and not be in the process of a layoff.

WDS can assist interested businesses in applying for the grants, which can cover a range of training needs that WDS is prepared to provide, including mechanical/technical skills, computer skills and leadership. There is little to no cost to employers who receive the training grants.

“M State’s WDS team is working collaboratively with RMCEP and grant recipients to provide customized on-site, hands-on training to enhance their employees’ skills, which will strengthen and grow their organizations,” said Amy Hochgraber, M State’s WDS director of business & industry. “M State is proud to be a partner in promoting community development and encouraging our region’s economic growth.”

By partnering with its communities throughout the region, WDS provides more than 100,000 hours of training to more than 6,000 students each year.

For more information about the Incumbent Worker Training Program grants, contact Kelley Nowell, RMCEP team leader, at kelleyn@rmcep.com or Amy Hochgraber at amy.hochgraber@minnesota.edu.