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June 29, 2018

Forty-one Minnesota companies will share more than $2.1 million in state funding to begin employment-based dual-training for 482 current and new employees as part of the Minnesota PIPELINE Program.

The Dual Training Grants legislation, signed into law in 2015 by Gov. Mark Dayton, was created to give employee-students the opportunity to earn while they learn, while at the same time helping businesses meet workforce needs. Four industries with in-demand, high-growth occupations are eligible to receive grants: advanced manufacturing, health care services, information technology and agriculture.

"Whether it's a certificate or degree, completing some level of a postsecondary education will help an employee be successful at their current job and into the future," said Commissioner Larry Pogemiller, Minnesota Office of Higher Education. "This program provides the added advantage of providing participants with a paycheck while they learn."

Twenty-six of the new grants are being awarded to companies located in Greater Minnesota, with 15 in the metro area. Thirty-one of the grants are in advanced manufacturing, one in agriculture, two in health care and eight in information technology. One of the grantees has a grant in both advanced manufacturing and in agriculture. Employees will earn a wide variety of certifications and degrees as part of this program that will help improve their skills and advance their careers.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education administers the Dual Training Grants, in collaboration with the Minnesota PIPELINE Program at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Grant funds can be used to cover students'/employees' tuition, fees and required materials for the related instruction training in PIPELINE Program occupations.

"By combining on-the-job training with classroom learning, the PIPELINE Program helps employers develop their workforce," said DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson. "Apprenticeships and dual-training continue to be great ways to meet workforce needs and have recently seen tremendous growth in the United States. We are excited to continue to support them in Minnesota with this sixth round of grants."

Grants are being awarded to the following Minnesota organizations.

  1. Ajax Metal Forming Solutions, LLC , Fridley – Hennepin Technical College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College

  2. Alliance Machine, Inc., Elk River – Tooling U

  3. Alomere Health, Alexandria – Central Lakes College

  4. Art Unlimited, Angora – Rasmussen

  5. AWT Labels & Packaging, Minneapolis – Flexographic Tech

  6. Bedford Industries, Worthington – Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  7. Beltmann Relocation Group, Roseville – New Horizons

  8. Citon Computer Corporation, Duluth – Lake Superior College

  9. Condux International, Mankato – South Central College

  10. Cybex International, Owatonna – South Central College

  11. Daikin Applied, Faribault – South Central College

  12. Decopac, Inc., Anoka – Hennepin Technical College

  13. Design Ready Controls, Brooklyn Park – Hennepin Technical College, Minnesota State University – Mankato, Bemidji State University

  14. DeZURIK, Inc., Sartell – St. Cloud Technical and Community College

  15. Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato – South Central College

  16. Dynamic Group, Ramsey – Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College, Anoka Technical College

  17. Fairview Health Services, St. Paul – Knowledge Peak, Intertech, Help Desk Institute, Pink Elephant, Global Knowledge, New Horizons, ISACA

  18. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

  19. Goodwill Industries, Inc., St. Paul – New Horizons

  20. Greater Bemidji, Bemidji – The Idea Circle/Minnesota Innovation Initiative

  21. Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, Rochester – Rochester Community and Technical College

  22. IPS Cranes, St. Paul – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  23. JBS, Worthington – Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  24. Jones Metal Inc., Mankato – South Central College

  25. K&G Manufacturing, Faribault – South Central College

  26. Lofton Label, Inver Grove Heights – Flexographic Tech

  27. Manufacturing Partners Inc., Becker – Tooling U

  28. Marvin Windows and Doors, Warroad – The Idea Circle/Minnesota Innovation Initiative

  29. McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing LLC, Dodge Center – Riverland Community College

  30. New Bedford Technology, LLC, Worthington – Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  31. Pequot Tool and Manufacturing Inc., Pequot Lakes – PTM Incumbent Worker Training

  32. Sage Glass, Faribault – South Central College

  33. SAPPI Cloquet LLC, Cloquet – Lake Superior College

  34. Seneca Foods Corporation, LeSeuer – South Central College

  35. SFC Global Supply Chain, Marshall – Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  36. Thomson Reuters, Eagan – Creating IT Futures Foundation

  37. Ultra Machining Company, Monticello – St. Cloud Technical College and Hennepin Technical College

  38. UMA Precision Machining, Zimmerman – Anoka Ramsey Community College, Hawk Ridge Systems

  39. Vital Images, Inc., Minnetonka – New Horizons

  40. Yeager Machine Inc., Norwood Young America – Ridgewater Community College

  41. Zero Zone, Ramsey – Anoka Technical College

For more information about Dual Training Grants, contact Sandy Connolly at 651-259-3902 or

For more information about the Minnesota PIPELINE Program, contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at 651-284-5353 or

News media contacts:
James Honerman, DLI

Sandy Connolly, OHE