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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, Saint Paul Receive Grants to Strengthen College and Career Preparation

ROSEVILLE – Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released the following statement congratulating the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and St. Paul school districts on receiving Youth CareerConnect grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) and U.S. Department of Education (US DOE):

“I am proud that two of our state’s school districts were selected by President Obama and the U.S. Department of Labor to spearhead this national movement to strengthen career preparation for our youth,” Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. It is critical that we are opening up opportunities for success in career and college for every child and these grants will help pave the way for the next generation of highly-skilled workers in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Education stands at the ready to support Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and St. Paul as they further their innovative efforts to prepare students for the future.”

The Youth CareerConnect grants were established by the US DOL and US DOE to advance President Obama’s vision that all students should be prepared for success in post-secondary education and in a competitive workforce.

The Youth CareerConnect awards will provide $107 million in grants to programs across the nation to strengthen America’s talent pipeline by supporting stronger high school, post-secondary, workforce investment system, and employer partnerships that offer employer engagement and work-based learning opportunities; a focus on high-demand industries, including STEM; and integration of post-secondary education and training.

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and St. Paul school districts were two of 24 recipients of the Youth CareerConnect Grant. Here is a full list from the US DOL:

· Independent School District 196, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, MN $2,990,026
· Independent School District #625, St. Paul, MN $3,680,658
· Pima County, Tucson, AZ, $5,351,690
· East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program, West Covina, CA $4,499,251
· Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA $7,000,000
· School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver, Denver, CO $6,999,980
· Putnam County Board of Education, Eatonton, GA $2,418,343
· Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, Postville, IA $2,784,360
· Manufacturing Renaissance, Chicago, IL $2,670,909
· Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, Indianapolis, IN $7,000,000
· Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Kokomo, IN $3,273,878
· Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, Ashland, KY $5,520,019
· Jobs for the Future, Inc., Boston, MA $4,867,815
· Prince George`s County Economic Development Corporation, Largo, MD $7,000,000
· Anson County Schools, Wadesboro, NC $2,247,373
· Westside Community Schools, Omaha, NE $2,647,212
· Board of Education, Buffalo NY, Buffalo, NY $3,898,700
· New York City Department of Education, New York, NY $6,999,601
· Toledo Public Schools, Toledo, OH $3,824,281
· Academia de Directores Medicos de Puerto Rico, Inc., San Juan, PR $2,842,834
· Laurens County School District 56, Clinton, SC $6,890,232
· Bradley County School District, Cleveland, TN $4,499,121
· Colorado City Independent School District, Colorado City, TX $3,482,704
· Galveston Independent School District, Galveston, TX $3,975,000

For more information, visit the Department of Labor website.