Earn While You Learn

The MN PIPELINE Project is a new approach to the 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.

150108-First-Six-Bills-SF5-PIPELINEMinnesota leads the nation in demand for highly-skilled workers. Many of Minnesota’s leading industries are struggling to find employees with the skills they need for highly technical, hands-on jobs. The skills gap in our state is real and growing. Industry leaders from four sectors in particular have called for more robust education and training programs: advanced manufacturing, health care services, information technology, and agriculture have all demonstrated a real need for more highly skilled workers in their field.

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 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.

Minnesota has the opportunity to expand and thrive well into the 21st century; reducing the need for student loans and ensuring businesses get the skilled workers they need supports Minnesota’s industries, students, and families alike. (S.F. 5)

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