NBAPS one of 17 school districts to receive Youth Skills Training grant
North Branch Area Public Schools is thrilled to announce it is one of only 17 school districts statewide to receive a Youth Skills Training grant! According to a press release issued this morning by Governor Tim Walz, "the grants are part of a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (YST@DLI) program, which was signed into law in 2017 with bipartisan support, to create and provide employment training for student learners ages 16 and older in high-growth, high-demand occupations."
North Branch Area High School was awarded roughly $90,000 and will use the funds to create the Viking Youth Skills Training Collaborative; an apprenticeship collaboration between the school and local industry.
"These funds will help us initiate a program that addresses a growing need in our area from both an educational and industry specific perspective," said high school principal Coleman McDonough. "It will give our students a 'leg up' for many jobs that can be secured right out of high school and gives our local industry a much needed opportunity to develop a new pool of employment candidates with experience in a variety of disciplines."
Students participating in the Viking Youth Skills Collaborative will receive training and paid work experience as part of the collaborative.
"This is great news for our students and our community," said NBAPS Superintendent Deb Henton. "I am grateful for Principal McDonough and grant writer Pat Tepoorten for submitting a high quality application and bringing these funds, and a host of new opportunities for students, to North Branch."