Pathways to Prosperity awards $17.8 million statewide for 57 workforce training programs

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Workers with employment barriers receive training for in-demand careers

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded 57 grants statewide totaling $17,884,007 under the Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity program.

Pathways to Prosperity Competitive Grants fund programs and services designed to provide workforce development and training opportunities to adults in Minnesota experiencing barriers to employment. These programs help job seekers develop increased career awareness, participate in education training and skills-training programs, and connect to employment in high growth, high demand industries with long-term opportunities.

"The Pathways to Prosperity initiative plays an essential role in the training of our state's workforce, and in reducing economic disparities in our communities," said Governor Mark Dayton. "These 57 new grants will help connect Minnesotans to valuable education and training opportunities – preparing them for well-paying jobs in health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and more."

“Pathways to Prosperity is the state's marquee workforce development solution to reducing disparities in our state,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Each program pairs education, training and resources for wrap around services to assist Minnesotans in finding and keeping jobs that pay family-sustaining wages while ensuring that businesses have the talent that is needed for businesses to compete.”

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