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DEED Grant Aims to Assist Low Income Workers

Funding will train 60 income-eligible workers for IT careers

February 03, 2014

Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded a $196,890 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Low Income Worker Training Program grant to Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis to start 60 lower-income individuals on a path to information technology careers.

“Developing Minnesota’s workforce is vital to our long-term economic success,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “This investment in the state’s underserved and underemployed populations will create opportunities for those with barriers to employment, and will seek to meet the growing needs of Minnesota employers.”


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis will partner with Creating IT Futures Foundation on the IT training project. The grant will fund eight weeks of technical and business skills training. Students who complete the training successfully will earn certification and be placed in a six-month paid apprenticeship.


During their apprenticeship, student-trainees can complete two additional no-cost online certification courses that will enable their advancement in the field. A number of participating employers, including Covidien, Health Partners, Medica, Medtronic and Tek Systems, have agreed to consider graduates of the program in filling full-time paid IT apprenticeship positions.

The goal of the MJSP Low Income Worker Training Program is to help individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line receive training that will lead to family-sustaining wages and economic self-sufficiency. In 2013, the Job Skills Partnership awarded $1.4 million for 12 Low Income Worker Training Program grants, expected to train 763 low-income individuals this year.


Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature designated $8.4 million in the 2013 legislative session for the Job Skills Partnership.   

Since the program’s inception in 1983 the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded $131,837,515 and trained 261,192 workers. 

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