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Nov. 4: Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant Signing Ceremony

Area companies to participate in event.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-3-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport is hosting a grant signing ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. on campus in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Room for three regional companies that received Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grants (MJSP) in June.

The three grants, totaling more than $500,000, were awarded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in June to Truck Bodies & Equipment International (Lake Crystal), Michael Foods (Gaylord) and Firmenich (New Ulm).

Representatives from those companies will participate in the ceremonial event, and other community business leaders have been invited to attend. Media is also welcome to attend the event. Light refreshments will be served, and parking is available in the visitor’s pay lot (Lot 4); a parking pass will be provided.

Minnesota State Mankato will partner with the companies that received the grants. The MJSP grants will allow the University to serve 1,084 employees from three different companies. Minnesota State Mankato will provide training in a variety of customized professional courses, to include lean strategy, leadership, finance for non-financial managers and many more.

“This event showcasing the MJSP grants shared by Minnesota State Mankato and these three companies is held to highlight these established partnerships and to promote public awareness of the opportunities available for businesses to partner with the University,” said Davenport.

For more information on the grants, please contact Jan Bauer, director of Continuing Education & Professional Development at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-1094 or by email at

A news release announcing the grants was distributed in June.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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