Grants for employee training
Minnesota State was awarded 35 through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program. The program, operated by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, pairs at least one Minnesota educational institution and one business. A cash or in-kind contribution from the contributing business must match program funds on at least a one-to-one ratio. To find out whether the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program meets your needs, contact the customized training office at any of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State or call 1-800-456-8519.

Surveying students working on a project

Conference and meeting space
Need space for a meeting? Some colleges and universities offer classroom and meeting spaces with built-in technologies that make an ideal setting for your next business meeting, seminar or group gathering. Contact a college or university directly to find out about space availability.

Get Involved
Business and industry representatives play important roles in helping Minnesota State colleges and universities shape training and education programs. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Serve on an advisory committee.
    Many business-and industry-related programs at the Minnesota State colleges and universities have advisory committees of business and industry representatives. These volunteers help shape the programs to meet the needs of employers. Advisory committees generally meet one to four times a year.

  • Share your expertise.
    Do you have expertise that you would like to share with others? The colleges and universities of Minnesota State continually seek guest speakers and customized training instructors in a variety of areas.

  • Donate funds or equipment.
    The colleges and universities are happy to accept donations of money or equipment that can be used to train students and employees on industry-specific technologies.

  • Provide scholarships.
    Help a student attend college by giving to a scholarship fund or establishing a scholarship in a particular field of study. Even a few hundred dollars can make a difference to a student. Scholarship donations are tax deductible; talk with a college or university to learn how to help.