10 Ways in 10 Days Eight: Invest in Job Training

Today’s 10 Ways in 10 Days story from Invest in Minnesota is about investing in job training:

Imagine that you’re the main provider for your wife who has health issues, a brother with physical and mental disabilities, and a daughter preparing to begin college. Then you lose your job.

That’s what happened to Kenneth in 2010.

He didn’t know where to turn at first. After giving it some thought, he decided to change careers.

Kenneth contacted Lifetrack Resources in St. Paul to find out about careers in welding. He took classes and received certifications offered through Renewable Energy Network Empowering Workers (RENEW), which provides access to sustainable career pathways, while ensuring that area businesses have access to a well-trained workforce.

After completing the program, Kenneth still encountered challenges finding a permanent job but worked closely with his Lifetrack Resources job counselor to pursue potential employment opportunities while working temporary jobs.

Today, Kenneth has a stable, permanent job due to his patience and determination to support his family – and because of state investments in services like Lifetrack Resources and RENEW.

He says that thanks to the job training assistance and support, he was able to start over and succeed. Today, he is proud to once again provide for his family.

Kenneth’s story is a prime example of how state investments benefit Minnesota’s economy – and why policymakers should raise revenues fairly to fund these services.

The 10 Ways in 10 Days campaign features people from around the state who have first-hand experience with critical state services – and know their value. The campaign highlights how fairly raised revenue and state investments benefit all Minnesotans and why it’s time for policymakers to invest in prosperity for all.

-Leah Gardner

About Leah Gardner

Leah Gardner was the Minnesota Budget Project's outreach coordinator.
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