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MCTC to Provide Facilities Engineering Training

MCTC offers customized training in Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently announced 33 grants statewide totaling over $9 million to help low-income Minnesotans overcome employment barriers. As part of the state’s new Pathways to Prosperity initiative, the job training grants will allow Minnesotans to quickly develop jobs skills needed in growing industries.

DEED funding for the job training program provides $160,000 to Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to launch a customized training program to provide students the critical skills they need for facilities and engineering jobs. The Facilities Engineering Career Pathway pilot program will be one of eight eventual pathway programs built out for MCTC students, and was one of four MCTC initiatives awarded the state funding.

“The Pathways to Prosperity initiative will help more than 3,000 Minnesotans get training for jobs in health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other great careers,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “Minnesota's strength is that we have the people any company would love to employ. With the Pathways Initiative, our people will be ready to do the job."

Pathways to Prosperity programs focus on assisting low-skill, low-wage adults obtain occupational credentials and find employment. The initiative is supported by local partnerships between workforce development and human services programs, Adult Basic Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

“Pathways to Prosperity is working to reduce employment disparities in our state,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “The program pairs traditional education with job training to help people find and keep jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and ensure businesses have the talent they need to complete.”

Pha Chia Moua, MCTC director of Continuing Education and Customized Training, will oversee the awarded projects. “MCTC has played a critical and effective role in past and current collaborative workforce efforts as a training partner,” she said. “Being part of four funded Pathway to Prosperity proposals reflects highly on the quality and innovation of MCTC and its partners.”

In addition to the Facilities Engineering Career Pathway pilot program, MCTC is a training partner for three other projects to receive funding from the DEED grant:

  • East Side Neighborhood Services, Climb On! $300,000. This skill-based training will prepare participants for careers in health care and human services or hospitality management
  • Hennepin County Human Services, Health Advocate Pathway, $300,000. Participants enrolled in the program will develop skills necessary for employment as a health advocate.
  • Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL), Public Sector Administrative Pathway, $300,000. This program will provide participants the opportunity to train for a jobs as public administrative professionals, earning a certificate-level credential in the process.
Read the Governor’s announcement here.