Grant helps dislocated workers

Career Solutions, a partner in the St. Cloud Workforce Center and a key partner with GSDC in our focus on Workforce Development is working hard to create programs to assist in the training and development of the workforce to meet our employer needs in the community.

Please help us congratulate Career Solutions as the recipient of their first Pathways for Prosperity Grant in our region!

Career Solutions Receives Grant from Department of Employment and Economic Development for $250,000

~Workers with employment barriers receive training for in-demand careers~

ST. CLOUD, MN April 24, 2018

Career Solutions, a partner of the Minnesota WorkForce Center- St. Cloud is pleased to announce it has received a $250,000  Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity Competitive Grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). 

Pathways to Prosperity Competitive Grants fund programs and services designed to provide workforce development and training opportunities to adults in Minnesota experiencing barriers to employment. These programs help job seekers develop increased career awareness, participate in education training and skills-training programs, and connect to employment in high growth, high demand industries with long-term opportunities.

"The Pathways to Prosperity initiative plays an essential role in the training of our state's workforce, and in reducing economic disparities in our communities," said Governor Mark Dayton.

"Pathways to Prosperity is the state’s marquee workforce development solution to reducing disparities in our state," said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. "Each program pairs education, training and resources for wrap around services to assist Minnesotans in finding and keeping jobs that pay family-sustaining wages while ensuring that businesses have the talent that is needed to compete."

Career Solutions along with Adult Basic Education, St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC),  employers, and community-based partners in the Central Minnesota Planning Region 3 anticipate serving 24 individuals with this Career Pathways Manufacturing project.  The targeted population for this project includes:  individuals of color, low-income, homeless, lacking a diploma, individuals with a criminal background and those with limited English language skills. 

Career Solutions will provide a variety of services to individuals in central Minnesota including:

  • Career exploration guidance
  • Job readiness training, including helping job seekers acquire the “soft skills” that are critical for workplace success such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.
  • Literacy training leading to a diploma
  • Industry-specific certifications to include: Manufacturing Certificate, Production Technologies Certificate and/or a credential in Automation, Machining, Welding or further career with a Diploma in Manufacturing. 
  • Work-based training opportunities

Among the services Career Solutions will offer employers are:

  • Serving as a point of contact for manufacturing employers in the area for recruiting and training opportunities
  • Customized recruiting and screening
  • Employee retention assistance and improving the supply of qualified job candidates

Career Solutions Executive Director Tammy Biery stated, “We are grateful for the opportunity to work collaboratively with both Adult Basic Education and SCTCC to positively impact the current workforce need for skilled workers. We are eager to assist job seekers in our community gain new skills, leading to stronger employment opportunities in a high growth industry, working for our local manufacturing employers.”

About Career Solutions:

The Local Workforce Development Board, along with the Joint Powers Board, is responsible for the policy guidance and oversight of all job training and job placement activities in Stearns and Benton Counties.  Since its beginning in 1988 as Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council (SBETC), Career Solutions has provided quality employment and training services to youth and adults and is dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of the Central Minnesota Area.  Career Solutions provides assistance in building a skilled workforce – workers who can do the jobs of today and learn the jobs of tomorrow. For more information, visit 

Posted on May 1, 2018 .