MN Project PIPELINE Applications are now available

(St. Paul, Minn.) – Applications for the Minnesota PIPELINE Project became available today. These grant dollars will give students the opportunity to earn while they learn and letting businesses meet expanding needs. The MN PIPELINE Project provides grants of up to $6,000 per students in high-demand, high-growth occupations in four industries: advanced manufacturing, healthcare services, IT & Agriculture.

The legislation creating the MN PIPELINE Project was inspired by a trip to Germany, where leaders were exposed to their successful dual education system. There they learned that this education model is the reason for their low youth unemployment rate and one of the key reasons for their ability to develop a highly-skilled workforce. At home, Buhler Inc., located in Plymouth, MN, has inspired Minnesota legislators by showing how successful they have been with employing this method of training. They hire students as paid, full-time employees, where they receive hands-on training, while attending a nearby college classroom where they are taught theoretical application in mechatronics. With the recent release of the MN PIPELINE Project’s application, the full potential of this “dual-training” model is one step closer of being fully realized for Minnesotans.

“We know that students today are confronted with crushing student debt and after graduating they still may not have the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century economy. The MN PIPELINE Project is a new way to bring about greater collaboration between employers, higher education institutions and students in effort to reduce student debt and ensure that employers have the essential talent pipeline necessary to be successful in this new economy,” stated Sen. Terri Bonoff, Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and chief author of the MN PIPELINE Project. “Allowing students to earn while they learn, gain the skills they need to succeed, and helping businesses build their own workforces by supporting these students, is exactly the type of public-private partnership that Minnesota needs to continue to be the epicenter of regional talent development in the Midwest.”

This statewide program calls for employers to partner with local colleges to educate and train students in occupations which competency standards have been established. Employers will pay students while they receive on-the-job training, and the state will pay for the students’ classroom instruction, up to $6,000 per student.

The application for the MN PIPELINE Project is available online here: http://www.doli.state.mn.us/Pipeline.asp

To learn more about the legislation expanding the MN PIPELINE Project, following these two links:
Section 11 – Dual Training Competency Grants Established – https://goo.gl/qietFP
Section 18 – Dual Training Competency Standards Development – https://goo.gl/eXIxS0

For more information about this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Terri Bonoff at (651) 296-4314 or by email at sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn.

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Senator Terri Bonoff
Terri Bonoff represents District 44, which includes portions of Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.

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