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State Representative Bob Gunther

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Posted: 2015-10-01
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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that state funding is now available allowing local organizations to hire and fill rural career counseling coordinator positions.


State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) crafted this new law and is encouraging local participation.


"The purpose of a a rural career counseling coordinator is to better connect students with available job positions in their communities," Gunther said. "We need to make sure every high school student finds the best job available when they graduate, but that can't happen unless they know what jobs are out there."


Gunther said the individuals filling these positions will play an integral role in regional planning.


Eligible applicant organizations include but are not limited to the public workforce system. Entities may apply for grants of up to $95,000 per year, for a total award of $190,000 over two years, to support the roles.


Gunther said the deadline for submission of applications is 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015.


Applications can be found on the DEED website at http://www.mn.gov/deed/about/contracts/.  Questions about the program or the application process can be directed to Annie Welch at

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