Two north-central Minnesota organizations set to receive re-entry program dollars for those leaving correctional facilities

Red Lake’s Oshkimaajitahdah and Rural Minnesota CEP received two of the 13 available grants for a pilot re-entry program from Minnesota DEED. According to a release, $3 million in funding across the state is being directed to provide training and employment services to 650 people coming home from Minnesota correctional facilities.

Organizations receiving this funding will provide one-on-one career counseling, job search navigation, and skills training.

“Many justice system-involved people have the ability, talent and skills to begin employment when they return to their communities, but they are often an overlooked talent pool – a group of workers we hope Minnesota employers will seriously consider for their employment opportunities,” said DEED Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development Marc Majors.

Seven grants went to Twin Cities metro organizations while the other six went to Greater Minnesota. Oshkimaajitahdah is set to receive $174,000 while Rural Minnesota CEP will receive $300,000.

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