As a non-profit agency, the SW MN PIC seeks funding to enhance our programming and offer additional education and training opportunities that meet the employment and economic demands in our region. We seek to develop collaborative partnerships that can best serve the needs of our communities; whether for a short-term project or a long-term partnership, other area agencies and businesses can choose their level of involvement in these projects. Below is a list of projects and partners; if you are interested in becoming involved with current or future projects, contact Julia Carlo at 507-537-6236 or jcarloswmnpicorg.
Industrial Maintenance Training for Manufacturing and Renewable Energy Futures
Overview: Funded by grants from the Governor’s Workforce Development Council and Minnesota FastTRAC, 240 hours of training is provided to eligible individuals throughout Southwest Minnesota. Courses include: Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Programmable Logic Controls, Fluid Power, Welding and Steam Boiler Engineering.
Partners: Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Southwest Adult Basic Education, DEED, AES Wind Generation (Lake Benton), Granite Falls Energy.
Growing & Going
Overview: Funded by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s GirlsBEST project, “Growing & Going” is an opportunity for girls, aged 14-18 in Lyon County, to participate in a community garden project that provides mentorship and entrepreneurial training year-round. Training includes: Entrepreneurship, community leadership, financial literacy, activism, exposure to high-paying careers and assistance with higher education.
Partners: Western Community Action, Southwest Minnesota State University’ Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Marshall Financial Empowerment Collaborative (MFEC), Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.
Contact: Youth Services, Marshall