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ProAct receives $200,000 grant from the state

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EAGAN — ProAct, a program that serves people with disabilities, received a $200,000 grant for training Monday from the State of Minnesota in conjunction with Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical of Red Wing.

Steve Ditschler, ProAct's president, says the new funding will allow him to craft curriculum that's touted as the first in state history, if not the country. It's designed to foster greater productivity and self-sufficiency, better value to business customers, increased wages and a greater level of professionalism, according to a ProAct press release.

ProAct is based in Eagan, but also has branches in Red Wing, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis. The new grant will primarily benefit the Red Wing site, according to Red Wing Director of Programs and Services Sally Ogren.

"ProAct is a really exciting grant for us," Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson said.

"We are committed to helping local employers develop a well-trained, skilled workforce," added Southeast Technical Director of Business Relations Calli Ekblad.

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The funding will affect about 140 ProAct employees over an 18-month period through the Job Skills Partnership, a part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The goal is to make ProAct's workers more employable while simultaneously creating better business partnerships for the college.

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