City of Duluth, Cloquet Public Schools get grant money to help with workforce development

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Governor Walz’s office announced that DEED awarded grant money to 47 organizations to provide young people workforce development and training opportunities.

Duluth’s Workforce Development received nearly $240,000.

Elena Foshay, the Director of DWD, said, “Our full request is fully funded this time around. So it’s very, very exciting. This is a grant we use to support our partnership with Life House.”

Life House helps young people who have unstable housing.

The grant is going to help DWD serve additional youth at Life House and expand on what they offer now.

And Cloquet Public Schools are receiving $100,000 this year and $100,000 next year.

The goal is to partner with Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, which does not have a career and tech education program.

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Cloquet’s Assistant Principal Tim Prosen shared, “The idea is, let’s bring those students to Cloquet,. They can take classes in our building. And then we can offer more equipment and perhaps line up more staff.”

In fact, they are starting a CDL license program through the high school in the fall. Grant funding could help support that as well.