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$260,000 Grant Awarded to Train 426 Minnesota Workers



The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) recently awarded Itasca Community College (ICC) and AdvancED a $260,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The Grant is for the development and delivery of a Commitment to Quality training program for Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI). MJSP works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in Minnesota. In addition to the award from MJSP, MDI is contributing $750,000 toward the training program, along with monies also contributed by ICC.  In total, the Grant is worth over one million dollars.  Paul D. Moe, Executive Director of MJSP, presented the Grant at a celebration ceremony held at MDI on November 16, 2012.

“ICC values collaboration and this is another example of the outstanding work of our staff in supporting the mission of our partners and enhancing the workforce of Minnesota” noted Mike Johnson, ICC Provost. The training, coordinated by AdvancED’s ICC Campus staff, will ensure improved and appropriate continuity of quality in areas such as LEAN Processes, ISO9001, and Behavioral Based Safety Training. The program also consists of employee development skill training such as Accountability and Process Communication.   The curriculum will be customized to the needs, standards, and procedures of MDI and will integrate both hands on and classroom training. Training will take place at all three of MDI’s locations: Grand Rapids, Hibbing and St. Paul.

Since 1964, Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) has been serving people with disabilities by offering progressive development and employment opportunities in competitive business enterprises. These are real jobs in an affirmative business enterprise that create a sense of pride, value and independence in their workers’ lives. To support this mission, MDI provides solutions for business customers, including a variety of corrugated plastic products and project-specific services.  “MDI has grown jobs from 150 in November 2011 to 426 as of November  2012.  MDI is highly committed to training and progressive development in order to ensure a high quality product and service, while also making sure each employee is positioned for success.  Further, MDI is excited about the long-term partnership with ICC and support from MJSP/DEED,” said Peter McDermott, MDI President & CEO.

AdvancEd integrates five separate, competitive Customized Training operations into a single thriving enterprise while retaining community access via the Northeast Higher Education District colleges: Itasca Community College, Hibbing Community College, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Vermilion Community College, and Rainy River Community College. Its mission is to provide customized training and continuing education programming to meet the needs of business and industry in the region as well as to bring four-year and graduate degree programs to the region to enhance individual skills.

“I wish all of my vendors were as conscientious as you and the others at MDI.”

MDI Corrugated Plastics Customer

“My favorite job is cleaning, I also work on the yard crew, sorting, routes and bailing bags. I love to work!”

Darrin Babcock, Deer River Hired Hands Employee


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  • Twin Cities
    3501 Broadway St NE,
    Ste 100
    Minneapolis, MN 55413

    (651) 999-8200
    Fax: (612) 331-3444

  • Grand Rapids
    825 Lily Lane
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744

    (218) 326-9544
    Fax: (218) 326-1016

  • Hibbing
    1937 4th Avenue East
    Hibbing, MN 55746

    (218) 263-3663
    Fax: (218) 263-9193

  • Deer River
    209 3rd Avenue SE
    Deer River, MN 56636

    (218) 246- 8182
    Fax: (218) 246-8733

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We exist to serve people with disabilities by offering progressive development and employment opportunities in competitive business enterprises.