Education cooperative awarded Initiative grant for teacher training [UPDATED]Published 9:25am Thursday, May 16, 2013 Updated 11:29am Thursday, May 16, 2013
Lakes County Service Cooperative (LCSC) is one of eight recipients of West Central Initiative’s second annual Competitive Workforce Grant award.
The purpose of the grant program is to improve the economy of west central Minnesota by providing one year of start-up funding for organizations and communities to launch new, promising workforce development strategies that address skill shortages in the region.
LCSC received $33,000 to provide intensive professional development training and consultation in engineering skills, theories and industry-based applications to 45 middle- and high-school teachers in west central Minnesota. Participating teachers then will help redesign curriculum in their schools to improve delivery of engineering content to students.
“This year-long project is designed to provide a thorough exploration of engineering design as outlined by the National Research Council in 2012,” said Josh Nelson, LCSC Manager of Education Services. “Participants will explore ways to embed authentic applications of engineering design into their curriculum throughout the year.”
The awardees were chosen because of their capacity to:
• meet the needs of both employers and workers in west central Minnesota;
• allow an organization to stretch and experiment with new ways to address skill shortages in west central Minnesota; and
• test promising approaches likely to result in people securing jobs that pay family-sustaining incomes.