Bemidji Career Academies receives grant

Bemidji Career Academies was one of 17 projects across the state that received grant dollars for training youth in in-demand fields.

According to a release from Governor Tim Walz, these partnership projects will each receive $90,000, doubling the amount of partnership projects given grant dollars from last year.

Bemidji Career Academies leader Brian Stefanich says the money can be used in a variety of ways, but the main focus is getting students into careers that best suit them.

The grants are part of a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry program, signed into law in 2017, that creates and provides employment training for students 16 and older in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

In 2019, Governor Walz signed a law that doubled the size of the program.

Bemidji Career Academies has 18 different categories, with multiple pathways within them, to match students to good careers.

Find out more about Bemidji Career Academies through their website.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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