ST. PAUL (July 22, 2014) — Minnesota’s FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways Program, a collaborate effort under the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), was included in Vice President Joe Biden’s report to President Barack Obama as an innovative model for meeting the needs of businesses in the state and serving individuals who are educationally underprepared for lifelong careers.
The report, Ready to Work: Job Driven Training and American Opportunity, is a guideline with the mission of building a strong and thriving middle class. The report includes “three opportunities for a call to action” focused on the long-term unemployed, upskilling lower-skill Americans and developing the tech workforce.
Within the report, Minnesota FastTRAC (Training, Resources and Credentialing) Adult Career Pathways Program was used as the example of a program that is encouraging collaboration and helping to best serve the needs of businesses and preparing adults for well-paying careers.
The Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways Program has served 3,000 individuals and resulted in an 88 percent completion rate of college credit and/or credential and a 69 percent rate of continuing education and/or obtaining employment.
“DEED’s Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways Program is a prime example of how Minnesota is responding to business needs and providing Minnesotans with the skills they need to access jobs and opportunities in high demand careers,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.
Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway programs are operated by local partnerships between workforce development, human services, Adult Basic Education, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The programs align foundational and occupational education with career navigation services so low-skill, low-wage adults can obtain credentials with regional labor market value and find living wage employment.
To find out more about Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways Program, visit www.mnfasttrac.org.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. http://mn.gov/deed.