Falls High School is among many employers in Koochiching County that have accessed training funds to improve career and technical education classes.

More than $44,000 has been reimbursed for eligible training programs in the past three years, including FHS.

In 2017, Falls High School reached out to Northeast MN Office of Job Training, or NEMOJT, career counselor, Alysa Hackenmueller to inquire about funding options for industrial technology instructor, David Olson, to add a manufacturing and communications endorsement to his current teaching license. The endorsement provides the school a variety of advantages including: access to Perkins funds to help pay for enhancements in Olson’s classroom, funds to cover a percentage of the supply budget and Olson’s salary, and an increased skill set for career and technical education.

On June 17, Olson was issued his communications technology and manufacturing endorsements.

“(This training) will allow (Falls High School) to broaden what we can try and offer in our welding classes and computer aided drafting classes,” Olson said in a news release. “It will open up avenues to try new projects and expand the skills and technology to keep up with current business practices in technical careers.”

NEMOJT provides a variety of programs to assist individuals in finding employment, from career counseling to funding for career and technical training. Because of a federally funded incumbent worker program, NEMOJT also offer services to businesses through the Talent Development Program, or TDP.

TDP is a business-driven program that provides direct financial assistance to train current employees of qualifying Minnesota businesses to avert a layoff and/or improve the economic competitiveness of regional businesses. The funding offsets a portion of the costs to train employees and upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. Eligible businesses must demonstrate that training will improve the skills of their workforce but also their business process and competitiveness.

Other local employers who have been approved for Talent Development Program funds include: Rainy Lake Medical Center, Koochiching Health Services, Good Samaritan Society, Backus Community Center, and Rainy River Community College.

For more information about the Talent Development Program, contact Hackenmueller at 218-421-6071 or alysa.hackenmueller@nemojt.org. Additional information is available at www.nemojt.org.

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