The “Earn While You Learn” dual-education initiative was heard in the Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday. Testifiers were heard in support of this new approach to education and training of our youth. This dual education program provides resources for students as they work toward earning postsecondary credentials while gaining invaluable on-the-job training. Under the program, competency standards will be developed for a particular occupation, at which point grant dollars will be made available to employers who partner with higher education institutions for educating and training purposes.
The “Earn While You Learn” workforce development initiative seeks to expand dual education opportunities through a public-private partnership, allowing Minnesota companies to invest in and develop the talent that our economy needs to grow. Joining a growing number of states who have adopted this or similar models, enacting this legislation would make Minnesota a national leader by developing a statewide program that allows any industry operating in Minnesota to develop competency standards in coordination with the Commissioner’s Office of the Department of Labor & Industry. (S.F. 5)