MN Pipeline Workforce Program and Dual-Training Grant

Wednesday, December 11

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Career Voyage

Kathleen Gordon
Pipeline Program Consultant, MN Department of Labor & Industry

Jacquelynn Mol Sletten
Financial Aid Administrator, MN Office of Higher Education

The Minnesota PIPELINE dual-training program is an innovative approach to address workforce needs. The accompanying dual-training grant, offered through the MN Office of Higher Education will pay up to $6000 per employee for up to $150,000 per employer per year to up-skill their workforce. It is helping employers in high demand industries (like Information Technology) change the question from “How do we find workers with the skills we need” to “How do we give workers the skills we need?”

In this session, attendees will learn how the program, offered through the MN Department of Labor and Industry, can change their training practices to grow their own workforce and how the grant can be used to pay for an employee’s education.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how a dual-training “earn while you learn” model can be a strong recruitment tool and lead to increased employee retention.
  2. Learn from the steps to starting your own Pipeline program within your company or organization.
  3. Understand the steps to apply for a dual-training grant that will pay for your employees’ tuition and fees to up-skill them into an in-demand occupation within your company.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central