M-POWERED

Established in 2004, M-Powered is an award-winning, fast-track training program that has successfully trained hundreds of Minnesotans for a manufacturing career. M-Powered has primarily served dislocated workers, the unemployed, and underemployed and provides priority service to veterans and spouses of veterans.

Driven by manufacturing employers who saw a large skilled workforce shortage coming due to impending retirements and a lack of highly skilled replacements, the program brings the manufacturing community together with state and local economic development professionals, manufacturing associations and community partners to form a sector-based response.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Katherine Stanley or Rich Kelly.

 

On November 2, the Minneapolis Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant board voted to fully fund Hennepin Technical College’s (HTC) $446,090 request to continue and expand its successful M-Powered program

Established in 2004 and jointly managed by the community-based organization, HIRED and HTC, M-Powered is an award-winning, fast-track training program that has successfully trained hundreds of Minnesotans for a manufacturing career. M-Powered has primarily served dislocated workers, the un- and underemployed and provides priority service to veterans and spouses of veterans.

Driven by manufacturing employers who saw a large skilled workforce shortage coming due to impending retirements and a lack of highly skilled replacements, the program brings the manufacturing community together with state and local economic development professionals, manufacturing associations and community partners to form a sector-based response.

The program integrates HTC’s technical training and industry-recognized credentials, with HIRED’s critical employability and job-search skills to prepare participants for careers as Computer Controlled Micro-Machining Operators and Precision Metal Stamping Technicians. HIRED’s Career Navigators work with the students to identify and reduce employment and educational barriers such as childcare, bus fare, and temporary employment. They also work with individuals to create career development plans to keep them on track.

“The success of the ten-year program is derived from the spirit of “coopetition” of these partners,” said Rich Kelly, Director of HTC’s Manufacturing Quality and Productivity. He noted that these partners have a shared interest in successfully closing the skilled workforce shortage by preparing participants for a lifelong, technical career in Minnesota’s precision manufacturing industry.

The M-Powered program was originally established under grants from three national foundations and has received support and encouragement from US Senator Al Franken, US Senator Amy Klobuchar, US Representative Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the United States Department of Labor.


Last updated by drogalla : 2016-02-09 18:41:54