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Looking for quality, customized, low-cost training?

Partner with St. Cloud State University to develop and deliver customized training that increases performance and leads to a better bottom line.

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grants 

Focuses on providing training for both new and existing employees of participating businesses throughout the state.

Minnesota participating businesses must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution. Grants of up to $400,000 are awarded to the educational institution to develop and deliver custom training specific to business needs. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match the grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

SCSU writes grant applications in partnership with, and, on behalf of, your business. 

Awarded more than $3.3 million in training funds over the last 11 years.

We have a roster of talented facilitators who are experienced in customizing training to address knowledge and skills gaps across a wide variety of industries. 

Our efforts helped nearly 4,000 employees expand their skills.

Our Partnerships

Our Partners
New Flyer of America Microbiologics Nahan Printing EssilorLuxottica
Grede Casting Integrity Bernicks Park Industries Netgain
Automotive Parts Headquarters Access America Transport MPG/Grede Sand Companies
Eye-Kraft Optical Grede Casting SCR

MJSP Media 


$500,000 in Training Grants Coming to SCSU and Area Industries

SCSU Grant Helps Prepare High-Tech Workers

SCSU, Grede Casting and SRC Earn $550,000 in training grants


SCSU, Eye-Kraft and Sand Celebrate DEED Workforce Grant Signing - Invision

SCSU Receives Grant for Workforce Training - Minnesota's New Country

SCSU Receives Grant for Workforce Training - WJON

DEED Awards more than 2.2 Million in Job Training - MN Employment and Economic Development

SCSU, Eye-Kraft and Sand cooperate on DEED grants for workplace skills - St. Cloud Times

SCSU, St. Cloud Businesses Get Workforce Grant - KNSI news report

SCSU, Eye-Kraft and Sand celebrate DEED workforce grant signing - St Cloud State Today

Microbiologics develops lean mindset thanks to customized training - St Cloud State Today


DEED grants help St. Cloud companies - WJON news report

St. Cloud State, businesses celebrate grant signing - St Cloud State Today

$500K in workforce grants help 2 local firms - St. Cloud Times

Regional Businesses Benefit from Workforce Development Grants Totaling $508,000 - Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

St. Cloud State to Host DEED Training Grant Ceremony - KVSC radio


New Flyer and Park Industries using training grants to grow their workforce - WJON news report

American Axle and Manufacturing and Nahan Printing, Inc. - St. Cloud State University

Incumbent Worker Training Program 

The program is intended to offset a portion, via reimbursement, of the businesses’ costs to train and upgrade the skills of its incumbent workers. Additionally, the program will provide reimbursement to eligible businesses for specific training costs accrued during the course of training.           

       Career Solutions (Stearns and Benton Counties)

       Central Minnesota Jobs and Training (multiple counties)

Partner with St. Cloud State University to build a training program that 
taps into the resources of the Incumbent Worker program.

Job Training Incentive Program

This program provides grants to new or expanding businesses located in Greater Minnesota for the purposes of training workers as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Grants of up to $200,000 are awarded to eligible businesses to provide training for new jobs.   Employers submit and an application to request funding.

When you apply for job-training grants on your own, please contact St. Cloud State to be your training partner.  Our knowledgeable staff can help you identify training solutions to move your business to the next level.

Contact: Ileana Merten  320-308-6160


Employer Feedback

The MJSP Training grant has been a game changer for us and our associates! Over the past 3 years we have been able to provide endless training opportunities to our associates to advance their skills, drive continuous improvement, and to advance in their careers.

Park Industries
Kelly Hansen
VP, Human Resources

Through our MJSP grant and SCSU’s support, Microbiologics has been able to train all employees on Lean Manufacturing to learn the tools needed to make small changes that make a big impact.

The trainings and support received have not only helped us to save money and make improvements, but it has also helped the employees in the company to develop a lean mindset that will continue to help Microbiologics make improvements into the future. SCSU has been amazing at providing the ongoing help and support needed to continue to move forward with our grant even through the challenging times with the pandemic.


Thanks for all the help you have done over the past years to make the grant process a success.  Your partnership is much appreciated!   

Grede Casting Integrity
Mary Knudsen
Human Resources Manager

“The Supervisor legal training was engaging and insightful. Our management team learned through real life examples how we can improve and handle difficult situations with confidence. This training confirmed the need and desire for more education to enhance our workplace and leadership skills.” 

Nahan Printing, Inc.
Elena Taylor
HR Manager/Business Partner

SCSU has been a trusted educational resource for Essilor for many years. The team at SCSU is always willing to support us with any educational needs that may arise within our business. They are ready with resources on hand and communicate every step of the way!

Alyssa Cross, HR Director
Precision Optics/DBL Labs/Custom Eyes (Divisions of Essilor USA)

Partnering with SCSU for the MJSP grant was the perfect choice for Essilor Labs. The team at SCSU have made each step of the process painless. They assisted with writing the grant, locating facilitators or SME for the classes, and even tracking the funds to ensure we stayed on budget. We look forward to the next opportunity to partner with SCSU.

Julie Wittrock
Master Trainer
DBL and Precision Optics

New Flyer of America has been in partnership with the State of Minnesota since 2010. The award of MJSP grants over the last 10 years has enabled significant partnership opportunities with various institutions where our facilities are located. St Cloud State University, St Cloud Technical College and Northland Community College have been true partners during this time and has had an enabling presence as far as standardizing training and development of our production workforce. New Flyer of America would not be in the position it is today without these important partnerships. We look forward to continuing these partnerships as technology changes and advanced manufacturing takes a hold.

Ricky Lawrence, Director, NFI Learning Institute

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