116L.04 Partnership power.
Subdivision 1. Partnership program. (a) The partnership program may provide grants-in-aid to educational or other nonprofit training institutions using the following guidelines:
(1) the educational or other nonprofit institution is a provider of training within the state in either the public or private sector;
(2) the program involves skills training that is an area of employment need; and
(3) preference will be given to educational or other nonprofit training institutions which serve economically disadvantaged people, minorities, or those who are victims of economic dislocation and to businesses located in rural areas.
(b) A single grant to any one institution shall not exceed $400,000.
Subd. 1a. Pathways program. The pathways program may provide grants-in-aid for developing programs which assist in the transition of persons from welfare to work. The program is to be operated by the board. The board shall consult and coordinate with the Job Training Partnership Act, Title II-A, program administrators at the department of economic security to design and provide services for temporary assistance for needy families recipients.
Pathways grants-in-aid may be awarded to educational or other nonprofit training institutions for education and training programs that serve public assistance recipients transitioning from public assistance to employment.
Preference shall be given to projects that:
(1) provide employment with benefits paid to employees;
(2) provide employment where there are defined career paths for trainees;
(3) pilot the development of an educational pathway that can be used on a continuing basis for transitioning persons from public assistance directly to work; and
(4) demonstrate the active participation of department of economic security workforce centers, Minnesota state college and university institutions and other educational institutions, and local welfare agencies.
Pathways projects must demonstrate the active involvement and financial commitment of private business. Pathways projects must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions on at least a one-to-one ratio by participating private business.
A single grant to any one institution shall not exceed $200,000.
The board shall annually, by March 31, report to the commissioners of economic security and trade and economic development on pathways programs, including the number of public assistance recipients participating in the program, the number of participants placed in employment, the salary and benefits they receive, and the state program costs per participant.
Subd. 2. Information. The board may collect and disseminate information concerning areas of projected employment need. The board may also prepare and publish studies, organize conferences, and conduct special projects which will increase knowledge and communication in the areas of employment need, skills training, and education.
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1987 c 403 art 2 s 164