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ISD 882 awarded Youth Skills Training Program Grant!

Monticello School District has been selected as a recipient of the Youth Skills Training Program Grant from the MN Department of Labor and Industry!

The Youth Skills Training (YST) Program encourages, promotes and supports the development of local partnerships between schools, employers and community organizations. These local partnerships provide students with related classroom instruction, safety training, industry-recognized credentials and paid work experience in high-growth and high-demand occupations in the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, health care and information technology. 

Monticello was awarded $90,000 for each of the next two school years (2020-21, 2021-22) to fund this program at Monticello High School.

The money will fund a Youth Internship and Careers Coordinator, as well as provide financing for events during the year to help bring in community partners, for marketing, and for transportation for students that may need it.

The instructor will teach one youth internship and careers course per semester. The class will integrate industry related classroom instruction, based off the local industries that partner with the program (specific to the fields of manufacturing, engineering, technology, and health services). Students will be paired with a program of interest at the beginning of the class and the internship will last for the semester. Students will work outside of school hours, with the hours varying by the position. All internships will be paid, and students will have the opportunity to earn certifications within their industry. 

This program has received a big push from the Department of Labor in recent years, said Cindy Fasching, who secured the grant for ISD 882. The Department of Labor is excited about the connections it provides for students, but also the opportunity that it gives businesses to get skilled workers into high-skilled jobs at an early age.

“It’s a program that will greatly benefit both our industries and our students,” said Fasching.

Along with teaching the course, the hired coordinator will be responsible for going into the businesses and watching the students work, meeting with employers, and monitoring student progress. 

The program will be designed to be inclusive of all students that have any level of interest within the program’s four fields. 

“My hope is that it opens up doors for students who don’t have an interest in going to college after high school, but are looking for a strong career,” said Fasching. “This will provide them paid training while they’re in high school, with the goal of it leading to a full time job after.”

This program will start with the 2020-21 school year.

Learn more about the Youth Skills Training Program here.