mpowered grant signing

On November 2, 2015, 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 unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers, and has also provided 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 success of the ten-year program is derived from the spirit of “coopetition” of these partners,” said Rich Kelly, Customized Training Director of Manufacturing and Quality at HTC. 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 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 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.

The college hosted an official grant signing ceremony and reception at the Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Campus on January 7, 2016. To learn more visit

About Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College ( is Minnesota’s largest technical college, serving more than 10,000 students at campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. HTC offers more than 45 programs of study, leading to certificates, diplomas, an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. The college offers many evening, weekend, and online courses. In addition, cutting-edge continuing education and customized training programs are available through HTC’s Customized Training Services. To learn more, visit or call (952) 995-1300.

HTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprised of 32 universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000 students in non-credit courses.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2016-01-22 09:57:59