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St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College awarded job training grants

Two Duluth colleges have been awarded nearly $100,000 in state grants for job training programs.

The latest round of awards from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development includes grants to Lake Superior College and the College of St. Scholastica.

They are among 19 grants, totaling $3.3 million, awarded under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to colleges and universities that team up with businesses to train and retrain workers. The goal is to better align workers’ skills with the needs of businesses.

The College of St. Scholastica, which paired with the Human Development Center in Duluth, received a $77,603 grant to create training for the center’s 79 employees. Training will include patient record-keeping, and meeting new coding systems and reporting requirements.

The Human Development Center is a community mental health center offering services in five Northland counties.

Lake Superior College, which teamed with HydroSolutions, received $22,112 to develop and implement a 104-hour lean manufacturing training program to help the company’s 12 employees work more efficiently and help grow the business. HydroSolutions of Duluth specializes in water jet cutting techniques.

The college will also use the training later to help other small companies.