Republican-Eagle: Ready for work from the get-go
By James Clinton
Apr 3, 2018
A dedicated team of local leaders has come together to make sure that happens, drafting an application to be a pilot community for the new Youth Skills Training program.
The new program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, aims to increase local partnerships between schools and employers, with a focus on high demand jobs like advanced manufacturing. The program will be available to students between 16 and 22 years old.
The Youth Skills Training Program is being offered to Minnesota communities through a competitive grant process. Five communities will be chosen to pilot the program and receive a $100,000 grant to pay start-up costs.
Local college involvement
Students out of high school will have opportunities as well. "We plan to do everything we can to support this program," said Dr. Leslie Bleskachek, vice president of academic affairs at Minnesota State College Southeast. "We are working closely with area superintendents and industry partners to be a conduit between high school, college, and career for participating students."
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