Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant funds will provide training for nearly 300 workers at four metro locations
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 21, 2015) — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded Century College a $346,717 grant under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 297 International Paper employees.
“This grant will enable International Paper employees to operate and maintain complex production machinery and prepare them for industry credentials,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “In addition, Century College will acquire a new series of manufacturing-related courses they will use to assist other companies in the tightening labor market.”
International Paper (IP), a global leader in packaging and paper with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, and Asia, has seven manufacturing facilities in Minnesota. This two-year project will train employees located in Arden Hills, White Bear Lake, Fridley and Minneapolis, which produce and distribute industrial containerboard and corrugated packaging.
Century College and IP will develop training to address specific skills gaps at each site. A total of 251 current and 46 new employees will receive training in seven topics to optimize IP’s paper product production processes, maximize output, and increase competitiveness: Industrial Electronics, Motor Controls, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Variable Frequency Drives, Mechanical Systems, Metal Fabrication, and Troubleshooting/Problem Solving.
A team of IP and Century College instructors will deliver training modules on-site. Century College will use portable tabletop PLC training simulators developed with MJSP funding to aide in training.
For more information on the grant, contact Larry Raddatz, Customized Training, 651-779-3362.
The MJSP works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state.With support from Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota legislature, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded $37.6 million since 2011 to train 44,806 workers and has leveraged $76.6 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 our services, visit us at the DEED website (http://mn.gov/deed) or go to our Twitter account(http://twitter.com/mndeed).