Workforce Training Programs
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
This state-wide partnership provides training funds for new or existing employees. Training must be done in cooperation with public or private educational institutions in the state. Grants up to $400,000 are available.
Customized Training Programs
In the Cambridge area, recent grants have been administered by Anoka-Ramsey Community College »
and Pine Technical College ». Responding to the unique needs of area businesses, the colleges have provided a broad range of customized training programs for:
- Biomedical device
- Geographic information services (GIS)
- Information technology
- Computer software application
- Management and supervisory
- Sales and customer service
- Core skills, such as problem solving and team building
The Workforce Center in Cambridge assists businesses by:
- Locating workers
- Posting jobs on Minnesota's or America's Job bank at no cost
- Providing reimbursement for on-the-job training for dislocated workers
- Providing tax credits for workers in targeted groups, such as welfare-to-work clients or disadvantaged youth.
The Workforce Center coordinates local, state and federal employment and jobs training programs in one central location. It houses several agencies, including:
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
- Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Service (a partner in the Minnesota Workforce Center System)
- Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation
- State Services for the Blind
- Pine Technical College »
East Central Minnesota Workforce Partnership
The Cambridge-based partnership is committed to developing and maintaining a qualified workforce within the five-county area. It fosters communication and cooperation among the business community, public agencies, and education to ensure that current and emerging workforce needs are met.
"As a progressive and viable regional center, Cambridge offers the hope of stable employment for its neighbors. It has found the formula that makes a community work."
— Steve Wenzel, State Director
USDA Rural Development in Minnesota