Workforce Training Programs

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership

This state-wide partnership provides training funds for new or existing employees. Training must be done in cooperation with public or private educational institutions in the state. Grants up to $400,000 are available.

Customized Training Programs

In the Cambridge area, recent grants have been administered by Anoka-Ramsey Community College »
and Pine Technical College ». Responding to the unique needs of area businesses, the colleges have provided a broad range of customized training programs for:

  • Biomedical device
  • Geographic information services (GIS)
  • Information technology
  • Computer software application
  • Management and supervisory
  • Sales and customer service
  • Core skills, such as problem solving and team building

Minnesota Workforce Center: Cambridge »

The Workforce Center in Cambridge assists businesses by:

  • Locating workers
  • Posting jobs on Minnesota's or America's Job bank at no cost
  • Providing reimbursement for on-the-job training for dislocated workers
  • Providing tax credits for workers in targeted groups, such as welfare-to-work clients or disadvantaged youth.

The Workforce Center coordinates local, state and federal employment and jobs training programs in one central location. It houses several agencies, including:

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Service (a partner in the Minnesota Workforce Center System)
  • Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation
  • State Services for the Blind
  • Pine Technical College »

East Central Minnesota Workforce Partnership
The Cambridge-based partnership is committed to developing and maintaining a qualified workforce within the five-county area. It fosters communication and cooperation among the business community, public agencies, and education to ensure that current and emerging workforce needs are met.

"As a progressive and viable regional center, Cambridge offers the hope of stable employment for its neighbors. It has found the formula that makes a community work."

— Steve Wenzel, State Director
USDA Rural Development in Minnesota