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PIPELINE Project Dual Training Grants

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The Minnesota Legislature established the PIPELINE Project in 2014 to expand dual training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota.

In 2015, the Minnesota legislature created the Dual Training Grant program with the intent to help employers and partnering training providers deliver a dual training program for employees lacking industry-developed occupational competency standards. The Office of Higher Education (OHE) is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). DLI is working with Minnesota business leaders to identify occupations and competencies within the PIPELINE industries.

Next Grant Round

Limited funding will be available for the 4th round of grants. The application will be released in Summer 2017.

Competency Standards Identified

Through their work with Minnesota business leaders, DLI identified occupations in four industries that are eligible to receive grants under this program. Employers who are selected as grant recipients can use Dual Training Grant awards to train employees at a partnering training provider in a competency standard already identified. Listed below are the occupation planning guides for all identified occupations and competencies:

Program Inventories

Inventories of related instruction education and training providers are available for each of the PIPELINE industries and can be used by employers to develop a dual-training program (M.S. 136A.246 subd. 3). The inventories are available on DLI's website at the following links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our frequently asked questions page. Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions about the request for application.

Two informational webinars were held on August 3, 2016 and September 20, 2016. For your convenience, the presentation is provided below:

Dual Training Grants Recipients

Of awarded grants, $2,300,880.09 is being utilized by the following grantees:

Round 3 Grantees

  • 3M, Alexandria, MN
  • 3M, New Ulm, MN
  • Amesbury Truth, Owatonna, MN
  • Bedford Industries, Worthington, MN
  • Beltmann Relocation Group, Roseville, MN
  • Care Providers of Minnesota, Bloomington, MN
  • Case New Holland, Benson, MN
  • Design Ready Controls, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato, MN
  • Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
  • IBI Data, Brownsdale, MN
  • Jennie-O Turkey, Faribault, MN
  • North Memorial, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Reell Precision Manufacturing, St. Paul, MN
  • Sappi Fine Paper, Cloquet, MN
  • Schuneman Equipment Co., Marshall, MN

Round 2 Grantees

  • Anez Consulting, Inc., Willmar, MN
  • AWT Labels and Packaging, Minneapolis, MN
  • Cardinal Glass Industries, Northfield, MN
  • Computype, Inc., Roseville, MN
  • Cybex International, Owatonna, MN
  • Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
  • Flexo Impression, Savage, MN
  • Gauthier Industries , Rochester, MN
  • Greater Bemidji, Bemidji, MN
  • Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, MN
  • JBS, Worthington, MN
  • Jones Metal, Mankato, MN
  • K&G Manufacturing, Faribault, MN
  • MN.IT Services, St. Paul, MN
  • Ornua Ingredients, North America, Byron, MN
  • Sage Electrochromics, Faribault, MN
  • Sappi Fine Paper, Cloquet, MN
  • SFC Global Supply Chain Inc., Marshall, MN
  • UMC, Inc., Monticello, MN
  • Viracon, Owatonna, MN
  • Yeager Machine, Inc., Norwood Young America, MN

Round 1 Grantees

  • Apex International, Chaska, MN
  • Design Ready Controls, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Fairview Health Services, St. Paul, MN
  • Hartfiel Automation, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jones Metal, Mankato, MN
  • Kingsland Public Schools, Spring Valley, MN
  • Owens Corning, Minneapolis, MN
  • Park Industries, St. Cloud, MN
  • Pequot Tool & Manufacturing, Pequot Lakes, MN
  • Schuneman Equipment Co., Marshall, MN
  • UMC, Inc., Monticello, MN
  • Xylo Technologies, Rochester, MN


Prior RFA grant rounds are available in our archives:

Contact Us

OHE will provide technical assistance for employers interested in applying for PIPELINE Dual Training grants. For questions about the PIPELINE Project and the grant application, email us at

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