Job training center gets grant for program

The Anoka County Job Training Center has received a state grant to continue a program that trains low-income people for jobs at long-term facilities.

The center has received a $77,500 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program low income worker grant.

The Anoka County Board has approved acceptance of the grant as well as contracts with Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College to provide the training.

According to Sandy Froiland, job training center assistant director, the grant will support the job training center’s Universal Health Care for Older Adult Services training program.

This training program began in 2006 in partnership with the community and technical colleges, Froiland wrote in a report to the county board’s Human Services Committee, which recommended acceptance of the grant award.

The target population for the training program includes low-income adults with priority to Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) participants, she wrote.

These dollars will enabled the job training center to leverage existing Minnesota FastTRAC funding to expand the training program, Froiland wrote.

Training components include certified nursing assistance (CNA) and home health aide, introduction to holistic health and healing, understanding gerontology and directing and supporting activities.

The job training center works with long-term care facilities in the county to place individuals who have successfully completed the training program.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]