Posted: Wed, 2013-11-13 09:46 in News
St. Cloud Technical & Community College has received workforce development grants valued at $275,000 and $300,000 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The grants were awarded under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program.
The first is to develop a partnership with Sauk Rapids-based Talon Innovations Corp. to expand its medical device manufacturing capabilities. The $275,000 will help train 100 current and 20 new employees. New hires will be trained as machine operators. Current machine operators will be trained as machinists then machine programmers.
The second grant will help Sauk Rapids-based WFSI as it adds 32 jobs in the next three years. The entire workforce will receive training to advance welding skills. WFSI supervisors also will receive leadership training.
John Hart, director of business and industry training solutions at SCTCC, said most of the training will be done at the companies’ locations, and training is likely to start around the first of the year.