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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.