The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $270,000 to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical to train 277 employees of Benedictine Health System, headquartered in Duluth, which operates Saint Anne of Winona.
Benedictine Healthcare System, one of the largest senior care organizations in the U.S., employs about 4,900 individuals at 28 facilities in Minnesota. The funding will support a partnership to develop a new training program for Certified Care Partner, an emerging occupation.
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will work with subject-matter experts to develop a three-level training program. Training will improve the skills of Benedictine Health System employees who will be eligible for higher wages and more employment opportunities.
The grant was awarded under the agency's Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program. The program works strategically with both businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state.
In this grant, the program leverages more than $690,000 from Benedictine Health System.