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Displaced workers, returning vets sought for high-tech training on the way to high-pay jobs


Grant dollars flowing into Central Lakes College are going to help veterans and displaced workers train for good-paying manufacturing jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Central Lakes College (CLC) and three institutional partners a $13.1 million grant to expand educational opportunity in advanced manufacturing. CLC will get more money than originally projected as it works as consortium leader. Instead of $3.7 million, CLC will receive $5 million with the grant.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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