Prior to the graduation ceremony, Dan’s fellow M-Powered graduates who hadn’t already secured jobs met with 12 employers looking to connect with local talent (pictured at right).
“These training partnerships, operating in communities across the country, have a lot in common with M-Powered,” said Jane Samargia, HIRED’s executive director. “While some production jobs have moved overseas, and may never return, other manufacturing jobs remain open for months because companies can’t find workers with the right combination of specialized skills. It’s exciting to see the M-Powered partnership train unemployed people in job skills that are helping the Twin Cities economy grow.”
After being laid off from two successive jobs in the printing industry, Dan decided to enter the precision manufacturing field. Last May, he entered the M-Powered program—which trains individuals for jobs in a number of high-demand manufacturing specialties—and pursued training as a clean room technician. Dan has already found a job with a medical device manufacturing company.
M-Powered partners include 23 area manufacturing businesses, HIRED, Hennepin Technical College, the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). HIRED staff members provide M-Powered participants with individualized services and support during training, help them obtain jobs at local businesses, and offer job retention assistance.
Current funding for M-Powered is provided by a Community-based Jobs Training grant from the United States Department of Labor. The Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation, Tennant Foundation and donors like you provide additional funding for HIRED's sector-based job training programs in a variety of industries.