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FMWF Chamber selected for national workforce training program

The goal is to increase the number of adult learners of color who earn an industry-relevant credential or degree.

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The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has been chosen for a nationwide workforce training program.
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MOORHEAD - The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is one of seven organizations selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to participate in a new national program to help strengthen chamber of commerce partnerships with community colleges and community organizations. The goal is to increase the number of adult learners of color who earn an industry-relevant credential or degree.

“We are excited to collaborate with our partners, the Kurdish American Development Organization, North Dakota State College of Science, and Minnesota State Technical College to address inequitable workforce challenges existing within our community,” Chamber Workforce & Talent Strategist and Principal Investigator Jenna Mueller, said in a statement Thursday, Jan. 27. “Together, we are ready to approach existing systemic challenges in a unique way that promotes meaningful change.”

Partnerships between chambers of commerce and community colleges have the potential to significantly increase the number of adult learners of color completing high-quality, relevant short-term credentials and degrees.

To support the development of these partnerships, and to increase the number of workers with in-demand credentials and degrees, Lumina Foundation has provided a grant to jumpstart progress. The ACCE Foundation and American Association of Community Colleges identified a virtual cohort of teams from seven regions. Each team will be comprised of a chamber, a community college partner and an organization that directly represents minority communities.

The FMWF Chamber will team up with North Dakota State College of Science, Minnesota State Community and Technical College and The Kurdish American Development Organization to identify the barriers to credential attainment and create quick-win solutions to address those challenges. They will join teams from six other regions on monthly virtual convenings to gain access to national subject matter experts, receive customized technical assistance and engage in peer-to-peer learning activities to create a strategy for longer-term collaboration to build their momentum after the grant period ends.

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The other communities participating in the program include:

  • Aurora, Illinois
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • North Central Massachusetts
  • Tallahassee, Florida
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