Anoka-Ramsey Community College Awarded Nearly $600,000 in Grants

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently awarded more than $2 million in job training grants to a number of Minnesota colleges. The grants partner job training programs at colleges with various businesses across the state as part of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) program.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College received two separate grants to help train employees at Faribault Food and Aspen Equipment Co. Anoka-Ramsey received $300,000 to develop training for about 302 technical operators and maintenance mechanics at Faribault Foods which has manufacturing sites located in three Minnesota towns. The college has been tasked specifically with helping the company improve productivity and performance and reduce the time necessary for the company to produce metal cans.

Anoka-Ramsey was also awarded $271,310 to help Aspen Equipment Co. develop and deliver a comprehensive training program for around 125 employees – 15 of which are new. The technical training provided by the college will qualify the trainees for a number of certifications and will help Aspen Equipment maintain quality and improve productivity.

“The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program is one of our state’s greatest success stories. Nearly 270,000 Minnesotans have received training funded by the program since it was created. I’m glad to see Anoka-Ramsey Community College receive not one, but two grants from the program – proving not only its worth in the northwest metro but its ability to teach companies how to keep current and stay competitive,” said Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin).

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