June 13--The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $147,000 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to St. Cloud State University for training about 80 employees of a St. Cloud company.
Netgain, a healthcare and information technology provider that is headquartered here, contacted St. Cloud State's corporate education and outreach division (www.stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/ceo) last fall to explore training opportunities. Netgain's recent growth and rapid changes in the health care industry have created knowledge gaps and opportunities for skill development.
The grant acts as a catalyst between state post-secondary, educational or nonprofit training providers and businesses to collaborate to meet current and future requirements for employers.
The grant for Netgain (www.netgainhosting.com) is intended to provide two years of entry-level and advanced training. St. Cloud State staff will develop and deliver the training on the health care industry, its business communication skills and skills for handling clients, technical knowledge and management and leadership skills in health care information technology.
Through the process, St. Cloud State will gain knowledge of the health care and IT industries as it builds a partnership with a local company.
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