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Otter Tail County receives $100K grant for expanded teen work experiences

The grant funding will be used to further the county’s Youth Workforce Navigation Program, which builds the future workforce by offering career experiences for students 16 and older.

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PERHAM — Otter Tail County was awarded a $100,000 Youth Skills Training grant from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, also known as MN DLI.

The grant funding will be used to further the county’s Youth Workforce Navigation Program, which builds the future workforce by offering career experiences for students 16 and older.

The Youth Skills Training program was signed into law in 2017. Throughout the state, 32 local partnerships applied for this fifth round of grants, and 11 were awarded. Grants can be used to create programs, recruit students and employers, provide training, transport students and pay for student certifications.

"Working with these partners gives us the opportunity to support workforce development in a unique and specific way that meets the community and employers' needs," said Roslyn Robertson, DLI commissioner.

Otter Tail County’s Youth Workforce Navigation Program is creating partnerships with all the school districts in the county, employers that want to engage high school students and a variety of workforce partners.

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County Commissioner Kurt Mortenson said he is eager to see the progress of the program: “In the development of this program, we have heard from employers and schools that this program to engage students is important and needed.”

The county welcomes all schools and employers to participate in the Youth Workforce Navigation Program. Reach out to Amy Johnson at Amy@CardinalConsultingSolutions.com for more information.

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