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University, Business Partners Receive Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grants

Minnesota State Mankato and business partners will share in more than $255,000 in grant funds.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-25-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced Wednesday that Minnesota State University, Mankato and area businesses will share grant money for five Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grants totaling more than $255,000.

The grants were among $2.2 million in workforce development grants that DEED awarded to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for 16 projects that will train 2,744 workers.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release, under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program, educational institutions and businesses work together to secure MJSP funding. Businesses initially meet with an accredited educational institution to explain their training needs and to learn options. Once they agree on a plan, the educational institution contacts DEED to determine eligibility for a grant.

“We are greatly appreciative and thank Minnesota DEED for providing these grants,” said Louise Dickmeyer, director of Continuing Education & Professional Development in the Center for Talent Development at Minnesota State Mankato. “Minnesota State Mankato is always looking to help businesses with their workforce development needs, and the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership is one of the many tools available to help businesses around the state.”

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grants involving Minnesota State Mankato are listed below. For more information on the grants, please contact Dickmeyer by phone at 507-389-3283 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato and Mayo Clinic and Monarch Healthcare Management, Mankato – $48,929

  • Nine online training modules will enhance the knowledge and practice of licensed CNAs, LPNs, and RNs surrounding end-of-life care. Fifty-two employees will participate in the pilot program.

Minnesota State Mankato and Harmony Enterprises, Harmony – $31,148

  • Eight management-level employees will be trained to implement a company-wide Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). The curriculum will help leadership define a vision, identify issues, and establish goals and growth plans that will be shared with employees.

Minnesota State Mankato and Jones Metal, Inc., Mankato – $46,686

  • All 105 employees – 20 of them new – will receive Lean training and Training Within Industry (TWI), to create and sustain a Lean Enterprise. Jones Metal, Inc. provides metal fabrication, products, engineering and design services.

Minnesota State Mankato and Winnebago Manufacturing, Blue Earth – $28,524

  • Winnebago Manufacturing is a small metal fabrication company with 35 employees. Eight employees will be trained to implement an EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), with the goal of improving product quality, accuracy and delivery, and to increase sales.

Minnesota State Mankato and Manus Products, Inc., Waconia – $100,496

  • Manus Products, Inc. serves customers across the construction, transportation and manufacturing industries with adhesives, sealants, coatings, and tapes. Leadership, equipment troubleshooting and analytical skills training will be given to all 90 employees, at both the Waconia and Chaska locations.

A complete list of all the grants awarded by DEED is available in its July 19 press release available online.

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. The program has awarded $49.3 million since 2011 to train 57,510 workers and has leveraged $98.0 million in private funding.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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