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University and Mankato-based Condux International Inc. Receive State DEED Grant

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant will be celebrated in April 15 signing ceremony.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-14-2016

TOP PHOTO: Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport signs a ceremonial grant certificate as Paul Moe (on Davenport's left), director of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Office, looks on.

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will join local and state business leaders in celebrating a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant and customized business training initiative on Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at the offices of Mankato-based manufacturing company Condux International Inc. (145 Kingswood Drive in Mankato).

Media members are welcome to attend Friday’s event. The event will include a ceremonial grant signing to recognize a $445,825 project that will provide training and professional development for all 67 Condux employees. Part of the training will be delivered through a new supervisory assessment center located on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

The project will be funded in part by a $166,274 grant that was one of 14 workforce development grants announced on March 15 by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Paul Moe, director of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Office within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, is expected to attend Friday’s event, along with Davenport and other university leaders.

Davenport said the partnership with Condux International is an example of Minnesota State Mankato’s commitment to helping develop the state’s workforce.

RIGHT PHOTO: Brad Radichel (left in photo), owner of Condux International, speaks to Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport (right in photo) and Minnesota State Mankato Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells (center).

“The University is very pleased to partner with Condux International in providing its employees with this professional development training, and we thank the state of Minnesota for contributing to this project through the DEED grant,” said Davenport. “It’s an example of how Minnesota State Mankato contributes to developing the workforce in our state, and we look forward to establishing similar partnerships with other businesses as well.”

Minnesota State Mankato’s partnership with Condux International involves training Condux employees in part through the supervisory assessment center.

The assessment center will provide a two-day professional development workshop, during which Condux supervisors will take tests, complete assessments, and participate in role plays. It will be led by faculty members Dan Sachau and Kristie Campana from Minnesota State Mankato’s Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, which is managed by the University’s nationally recognized graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology.

For more information about the grant or partnership, please contact Louise Dickmeyer, interim director for Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Talent Development, by phone at 507-389-3283 or by email at

DEED is the state of Minnesota’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development.

Condux International provides fiber optic and power cable installation products to a global market.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

BOTTOM PHOTO: Condux International owner Brad Radichel speaks at Friday's grant-signing ceremony.

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