USA - SCSU, Grede partner on training program

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St. Cloud State University is partnering with Grede to help train employees as part of its expansion.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development gave the university a $335,000 grant to develop the program. During the next three years, St. Cloud State Corporate Education and Outreach staff will develop a new Grede METAL training program.

The program will provide entry-level and advanced training for more than 400 Grede employees.

Grede is an iron foundry that designs and manufactures cast, machined and assembled components for transportation and industrial markets. The company is working on a $17.5 million, 32,000-square-foot expansion to its existing 320,000-square-foot facility to house a third mold line.

The expansion is expected to add about 30 jobs to the operation, which currently employs 330 people. The facility is at 5200 Foundry Circle.

St. Cloud State Corporate Education and Outreach partners with local businesses to create specialized training, coordinate conferences and projects based on their needs.

The customized training will increase trainees' knowledge and understanding of the foundry industry, including enhanced technical and leadership skills for production staff, according to a news release.

The DEED grant is part of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grants, which acts as a catalyst between Minnesota's post-secondary and educational training institutions and business/industry to design and implement training programs to meet employer needs.