BAXTER -- A new two-year work force development partnership will make it possible for employees of BodyWorks Super Collision Center in Baxter to receive training to increase their skill levels and knowledge of new materials and technologies.
The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership awarded Pine Technical College in Pine City a $185,000 grant to fund the employee training. Lehman's Garage Inc. in Bloomington also will receive the training.
"Both BodyWorks Super Collision Center and Lehman's Garage are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers so this grant will focus on increasing the technical skills of their work force to meet the demands of their customers and the industry," said Matt Kramer, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner and MJSP board chairman. "We also expect similar businesses to benefit from Pine Technical College's training capability and expanded collection of virtual-reality-enhanced training tools."
Pine Technical College will offer 92 employees -- autobody preparers, painters and estimators -- instruction in the classroom, computer-assisted training and on-the-job training with a variety of computer simulation tools. Industry trainees will earn Pine Technical College transcripts following successful completion of the training.
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership offers technical, financial and job training assistance to thousands of businesses, communities, educational institutions and workers. The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board brings businesses with specific education needs together with educational institutions to design customized training programs.
For more information on the grant, contact Kathy Anderson, Continuing Education and Customized Training, Pine Technical College, (320) 629-5176.
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