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Ramsey County receives Women’s Economic Security Act grant

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15 November 2019

Ramsey County received a $155,500 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Women's Economic Security Act grant to support The Katherine Project. This grant program encourages Minnesota women to enter and continue in high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional jobs.

The Katherine Project seeks to empower local communities by providing career training and professional experiences for young women of color and indigenous women, ages 18-24, in the information technology and computer coding fields. In partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools and New Vision Foundation, digital literacy, computer coding training, and support services such as child care will be available to participants.

Following 14 weeks of training, young women will be provided with paid internship opportunities, including within Ramsey County departments, to help them take the next step into their career, and ultimately enter living wage employment in the technology industry.

Workforce Solutions is honored to be supported in this project by Comcast, Twin Cities Region.

“Comcast is a vital community partner, and we are incredibly grateful for their support to provide their Internet Essentials program as a part of the Katherine Project. Their commitment demonstrates tremendous leadership in support of workforce development and disparity reduction of residents of Ramsey County,” said Ling Becker, director of Ramsey County Workforce Solutions.

All Katherine Project participants will receive one year of Internet Essentials to ensure access to needed services during their training program and along their career path.

“In today’s world, the internet is an essential tool that helps kids connect to homework, assists adults in their search for better jobs and keeps users connected to what’s going on in the world,” said J.D. Keller, regional senior vice president, Comcast. “That’s why we are proud to partner with the Ramsey County Workforce Solutions team and offer our Internet Essentials program for free to their participants—together this effort can help close the digital divide.”

Young women interested in participating in The Katherine Project are encouraged to contact Workforce Solutions at ULEAD or call 651-266-6025.

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