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$80,000 YST@DLI Grant Awarded to ISD728 Students in Transportation

Thank you for partnering and supporting the grant application as ISD 728 was awarded their second YST@DLI grant today for $80,000 for Students in Transportation!

Seventeen partnerships will receive and split $1.5 million in Youth Skills Training (YST) grants. The grants are part of a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (YST@DLI) program, which was signed into law in 2017 with bipartisan support, to create and provide employment training for student learners ages 16 and older in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

“Youth Skills Training grants provide students with hands-on workforce training in high-demand, high-growth fields,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “Employers across the state are facing workforce shortages, and these innovative partnerships connect schools with local businesses to create career pathways for younger Minnesotans.”

"These grants allow high schools, businesses and community organizations to work together to train students and create skilled workers for their communities," said Nancy Leppink, DLI commissioner.

ISD 728 will use the funds to create opportunities for students of all grades to tour local transportation business through field trips and have industry speakers in class to learn about careers in transportation. Students in 11th and 12th grade that take Autos or Small Engines will be able to apply for a transportation internship. These students will also have the opportunity to obtain Ford ACE and General Industry OSHA 10 Certifications. Students in diesel mechanic internships can also obtain their MN Commercial Vehicle Certification near the end of their paid internship.

I am excited to continue to create more awareness about the great careers available in the industry and give students hands on experiences to learn skills and gain credentials. This can not happen without out our business partners!

-Amy Lord
CTE Coordinator
ISD728 School District
amy.lord@isd728.org   763-241-3400 x5016

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