Application Process

Business owners, industry representatives, and educational institutions that want to apply for MJSP grants to develop training programs to meet current and future workforce needs can find all the details here.

The application process is different for businesses and educational institutions. After initial contact from business or industry, the educational institutions that will provide the training take the lead in applying for the grants.

Businesses

For businesses the application process for all MJSP programs begins by contacting an Accredited Educational Institution that may be a potential training partner.

After meeting with you to more clearly understand your training needs and to identify possible training and program options, the educational institution then contacts the MJSP Office to discuss a proposed training outline and determine if it would be an eligible MJSP project.

If the proposed project appears to be compatible with MJSP guidelines, the training institution will partner with the business and complete an MJSP grant application for the next available grant round.

Timetables
Proposals are typically due six weeks before each MJSP Board meeting, with the exception of Short Form applications which are due three weeks before MJSP Board meetings. Applications must be submitted on or before application due-dates.

The MJSP staff evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Board. The Board then reviews the applications and recommendations and awards grants at the scheduled Board meeting in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Board.

For grant requests of over $50,000, a representative from the educational institution and business are asked to provide a short presentation to the MJSP Board and answer any questions the Board may have at the scheduled Board meeting. 

See the MJSP Board meeting schedule for a summary of proposals being accepted, proposal due-dates, MJSP meeting dates and for official Request for Proposal notices.

Educational Institutions

Upon meeting with a business to discuss training needs, it is recommended that the educational institution contact MJSP staff to discuss the project's potential fit with MJSP programs.

For most MJSP programs, the educational institution is the grant applicant and takes the lead in developing the grant proposal in partnership with the business partner(s).

MJSP also strongly encourages the submission of draft proposals at least two weeks prior to application due-dates.

Eligibility 
With the exception of the Low Income Worker Training program, all MJSP programs require that the training is provided by an accredited Minnesota educational institution. See Accredited Educational Institutions for information on accreditation requirements. For other program specific eligibility requirements, refer to the application instructions for each program.

Format 
All requests for funding must be submitted as formal application proposals to the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Office. See the Training Grant Programs page for Application Instructions and Forms for specific guidelines and proposal format requirements for each of our programs.

Timetables 
Proposals are typically due six weeks before each MJSP Board meeting, with the exception of Short Form applications which are due three weeks before MJSP Board meetings. Applications must be submitted on or before application due-dates.

The MJSP staff evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Board. The Board then reviews the applications and recommendations and awards grants in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Board.

For grant requests of over $50,000, a representative from the educational institution and business are asked to provide a short presentation to the MJSP Board and answer any questions the Board may have at the scheduled Board meeting. 

See the MJSP Board meeting schedule for a summary of proposals being accepted, proposal due-dates, MJSP meeting dates and for official Request for Proposal notices.

Accredited Educational Institutions

Accredited Minnesota educational institutions may partner with businesses to use Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) Program funds for training.

The MJSP Board recognizes training and educational providers that are accredited through regional association bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

See a database of Postsecondary Educational Institutions and Programs Accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

Below are institutions that have participated in MJSP-funded training and have requested inclusion on this list.

Other accredited Minnesota educational institutions or training providers interested in being listed may email deed.mjsp@state.mn.us.

This list is provided for information purposes only. MJSP does not claim responsibility for these sites' content, nor does MJSP endorse a particular institution. There is no assurance that businesses partnering with these institutions will receive MJSP funds.

College or University Contact Address City, State, ZIP Code Phone
Alexandria Technical College   Sandy Larson, Customized Training Coordinator - Customized Training 1601 Jefferson Street   Alexandria, MN 56308-3799   320.762.4406
Anoka Technical College   Jamie Barthel, Executive Director for Continuing Education and Customized Training   1355 W Highway 10   Anoka, MN 55303   763.576.4804  
Anoka-Ramsey Community College   Jamie Barthel   - Executive Director for Continuing Education and Customized Training   11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW   Coon Rapids, MN 55433   763.422.6082  
Bemidji State University   Michael Wellcome, Associate Director, Center for Research and Innovation   3801 Bemidji Ave, Ste 4   Bemidji, MN 56601   218.755.4900  
Central Lakes College   Rebecca Best, Associate Vice President - Academic Affairs   501 W College Drive   Brainerd, MN 56401   218.855.8143  
Century College   Bridgett Backman, Customized Training Representative   3300 Century Avenue N   White Bear Lake, MN 55110   651.779.5788  
Dakota County Technical College   Pat McQuillan, Customized Training Coordinator - Trade and Industry Division   1300 145th Street E (County Road 42)   Rosemount, MN 55068   651.423.8318  
Dunwoody College of Technology Debra (Artymiuk) Kerrigan, BSCE, M.Ed., Dean of Workforce Training & Continuing Education 818 Dunwoody Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55403 612.381.3306
Hennepin Technical College   Joe Mulford, Dean of Customized Training Services   9000 Brooklyn Blvd   Brooklyn Park, MN 55445   763.657.3709  
Inver Hills Community College   Peter Hoch, Customized Training Representative - Center for Professional and Workforce Development   2500 E 80th Street   Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-3224   651.554.3763  
Lake Superior College   Steve Wagner, Dean of Workforce and Community Development   11 E Superior Street, Suite 125   Duluth, MN 55802   218.733.5934  
Minneapolis Community and Technical College   Jess Lee Niebuhr, Dean of Workforce Development and Training 1501 Hennepin Avenue   Minneapolis, MN 55403   612.659.6501  
Minnesota State Community and Technical College   Becky Heiler, Custom Training Services   1900 28th Avenue S   Moorhead, MN 56560   218.299.6566
Minnesota State Mankato   Ann Goebel, Director, Twin Cities Partnerships 7700 France Ave S   Edina, MN 55435   952.818.8888
Minnesota West Community and Technical College   Dawn Regnier, Dean of Distance Learning and Partnership Development   1450 Collegeway Drive   Worthington, MN 56187   507.537.6804  
Normandale Community College   Brenda Dickinson, Dean of Customized Training and Continuing Education   9700 France Avenue S   Bloomington, MN 55431   952.487.8238  
North Hennepin Community College   Beth Schaefer, Program Development Director, Adult Education and Training   7411 85th Avenue N   Brooklyn Park, MN 55445   763.493.0580  
Northland Community and Technical College   Kirsten Melby, Director of Workforce Development - Center for Outreach and Innovation   1101 Highway One E   Thief River Falls, MN 56701   218.681.0719  
Pine Technical College   Jason Spaeth, Director - Customized Training and Continuing Education   900 4th Street SE   Pine City, MN 55063   320.629.5175
Ridgewater College   Robert J. Cannon, Vice President - Customized Training and Continuing Education   Willmar, MN - Hutchinson, MN   320.231.2976  
Rochester Community and Technical College   Sara Bunge, Workforce Development Manager - Business and Workforce Education   851 30th Avenue SE   Rochester, MN 55904   507.280.3124  
Saint Paul College   Craig Anderson, Vice President - Customized Training   317 Marshall Avenue   Saint Paul, MN 55102   651.846.1365  
South Central College, Faribault   Brian Knutson, Business & Healthcare Consultant   1225 Third Street SW   Faribault, MN 55021   507.332.5874  
South Central College, North Mankato   Marsha Danielson, Dean of Economic Development   1920 Lee Boulevard   North Mankato, MN 56003   507.389.7426  
Southeast Technical College - Red Wing   Barb Breza - Interim Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Training   308 Pioneer Road   Red Wing, MN 55066   651.385.6300  
Southeast Technical College - Winona Barb Breza - Interim Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Training   1200 Storrs Pond Road   Winona, MN 55987   507.453.2744  
St. Cloud State University   Gail M. Ruhland, Director of Training Program Development - Center for Continuing Studies; or Ben Baliga   720 Fourth Avenue S   St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498   320.308.5759  
The Takoda Institute of Higher Education (A Division of American Indian OIC) Joe Hobot, President and CEO of American Indian OIC 1845 E. Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 612.341.3358
University of Minnesota, Crookston   Michelle Christopherson, Director - Center for Adult Learning   208 C Selvig Hall   Crookston, MN 56716   218.281.8679  
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Nickolas Kemske, College of Continuing Education 1994 Buford Ave St. Paul, MN 55108 612.624.122