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Minnesota Job Skills Grant Funds Training for Alliance Machine Workforce

February 04, 2014

Contact: Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $49,475 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to Anoka-Ramsey Community College to train 35 employees of Alliance Machine in Elk River.

“The customized training provided by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program creates an opportunity for workers to grow their careers and earnings potential and allows Alliance Machine to compete competitively in the global marketplace,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.
Alliance Machine is a precision machine shop serving the defense, aerospace and medical industries.  

The entire Alliance Machine workforce will participate in one to seven courses onsite: Business Process Analysis, Pitched Based Scheduling, Managing for Daily Improvement, Energy Efficiency for Manufacturing, Math for Machinists, Basic Inspection and Set-Up Reduction. Anoka-Ramsey Community College will provide hourly-based certificates for employees who complete training successfully.


For more information on the grant, contact Steve Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 763-433-1683 or email . 

The MJSP works strategically with both businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. A total of $8.4 million in funding was proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and allocated from the 2013 legislative session for the program. 


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


The program awarded more than $5 million to train 6,549 workers from 33 businesses in Minnesota for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Officials estimate the program will attract an additional $13 million from participating businesses and educational institutions.


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Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.