State grant to Metro Mold and Design supports jobs

ROGERS, Minn. – Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), 432 current and new employees of Metro Mold & Design (MMD) will receive job training in Rogers. The training will be provided by Anoka-Ramsey Community College, which was awarded a $375,311 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to develop and provide the training programs.

The MJSP works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. With support from Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded $25.4 million since 2011 to train 32,239 workers and has leveraged $56.8 million in private funding.

“The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has responded to business workforce needs by training more than 260,000 Minnesotans since the program’s inception,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “The training and skill enhancement in this project will allow MMD to meet increased production demands and provide the workforce with career advancement opportunities.”

MMD started out in 1973 as a family owned, privately held mold shop. Today its manufacturing capabilities include mold manufacturing, precision machining, assembly and finishing for markets in general manufacturing, surgical instruments/medical devices, fuel cell manufacturing, printer components, and custom plastic products.

MMD will partner with Anoka-Ramsey Community College to develop 10 new, customized courses. The workforce of 432 current and new employees will receive entry-level and advanced training and retraining, depending on their occupation. Six employees will participate in train-the-trainer sessions to create in-house trainers for the business.

Source: Minnesota DEED Press Release

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