The 2022 federal omnibus bill, which passed the House on March 9 and the Senate on March 10, includes $2,060,000 to support the Advance Greater Minnesota community investment project at two colleges in Southern Minnesota. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith proposed funding for Advance Greater Minnesota as well as other community projects through the “Congressionally Directed Spending” process. The omnibus bill is now headed to President Biden for signature into law.

South Central College (SCC) and Minnesota State College Southeast (MSC Southeast) will use the funds to improve pathways in advanced manufacturing careers. Advance Greater Minnesota will help businesses grow their own workforce from within, attract new employees and control the costs associated with training a highly skilled workforce in rural locations.