BTD Manufacturing has been named a dual-training employer by Minnesota's Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience Program (PIPELINE), according to a news release.

A dual-training employer provides classroom-style curriculum and structured, on-the-job learning to help employees get certified in many areas faster, the release said.

Since the program started in October at BTD's two Minnesota locations, 16 employees have participated in it. In two weeks, they put in 80 hours in both the classroom and hands-on training to earn their American Society of Welders certifications, according to the release.

BTD plans to start a similar program in their Illinois and Georgia locations soon, the release said.

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