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SCEIC Awarded a WCI Competitive Workforce Grant

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The Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission (SCEIC) is one of six recipients of West Central Initiative's first-ever Competitive Workforce Grant award. The purpose of the new grant program is to improve the economy of west central Minnesota by providing one year of start-up funding for organizations and communities to launch new, promising workforce development strategies that address skill shortages in the region.

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The SCEIC was awarded $15,000 to promote career awareness and development in local schools. The grant will help Stevens County educators and employers work together to deliver early career information and training to 7th and 8th grade students. The year-long effort will focus exclusively on introducing these students to good-paying jobs in the local economy. The project work plan includes a career day, classroom instruction with local industry speakers, tours of local employers, development and distribution of outreach materials and paid summer business internships.

The awardees were chosen because of their capacity to:

· meet the needs of both employers and workers in west central Minnesota;

· allow an organization to stretch and experiment with new ways to address skill shortages in west central Minnesota; and

· test promising approaches likely to result in people securing jobs that pay family-sustaining incomes.

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation serving the nine west central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

Learn more at www.wcif.org.

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