The White Earth Tribal and Community College has received a $300,000 grant under the Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity program.
It was one of 42 grants awarded statewide by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, totaling $10.9 million.
It was a competitive process: There was over $20 million in grant requests.
Pathways to Prosperity plays a key role in reducing economic disparities across the state, according to a DEED news release, by providing workforce development and training to Minnesotans experiencing barriers to employment.
In White Earth, training in health care, education, and hospitality will serve individuals eligible for the program.
In general, programs are funded that help job-seekers develop increased career awareness, participate in education training and skills-training programs, obtain certificates, industry-recognized credentials and post-secondary credits, and connect to employment in high-growth, high-demand industries with long-term opportunities.
Critically, each program includes wraparound services – such as access to childcare, transportation, or food assistance – that help people find and keep jobs.