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Continuing Ed and Customized Training gets job skills grant

From left: Opus Foundation Chair and
CEO Amy Goldman; University of St. Thomas
President Julie Sullivan; MCTC Continuing
Education and Customized Training Dean
Vince Thomas

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Continuing Education and Customized Training participated in a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Grant signing ceremony at the Opus Group’s headquarters on Jan. 18. MCTC will serve as a training provider on this grant via an income contract with the University of St. Thomas (UST) Opus College of Business Executive Education. The MJSP grant is a three-year, $350,000 grant, totaling $700,000 with the required employer match contributed by Opus Group. MCTC’s portion of the grant is $53,300.

Opus Group expects more than 250 of its employees to receive training as a result of the overall grant, which strives to enhance the economic success of individuals, businesses and communities by improving opportunities for prosperity and independence. Via the grant, UST Executive Education invited MCTC to join the partnership to provide the Architectural Technology training component of the curriculum.  It is the first partnership between MCTC and UST Executive Education. St. Thomas is the state’s largest private university.

“MCTC is committed to providing training in Architectural Technology to Opus Group employees over three years via the contract with the University of St. Thomas,” said MCTC Dean of Continuing Education Vince Thomas. “MCTC prides itself on its Architectural Technology program which uses ‘state-of-the-industry’ computer-aided drafting software, including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp. Instructors are all practicing architects, bringing real-world experience and current trends to the classroom. This partnership means our College has an additional way to serve its community and extend the reach of its expert instructors.”

The objectives of the MJSP grants are: to attract, retain and expand businesses and create jobs; cultivate entrepreneurs and connect workers to jobs; prepare workers for jobs in demand and assist people to live independently; stabilize and stimulate the economy through benefit payments; and help communities thrive.