Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership

Created in 2009 by the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, the Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership (MSESP) is a statewide initiative to forge an integrated and demand-driven system of education, training, and support services in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. MSESP is funded by a three-year, $6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.




Partnership Outcomes

To date, the partnership has funded 25 projects around the state. Together, these projects have achieved significant outcomes:

  • 1,782 individuals have been trained
  • 1,610 have earned at least one credential
  • 859 have entered employment; another 250 are expected to do so by mid-2013
  • 444 incumbent workers have retained employment


For more information, see the GWDC publication Profiles of Green Training Projects Around Minnesota.


MSESP Sustainability

Since the MSESP grant ends in June 2013, the partnership adopted a sustainability proposal at its May 15 Day at the Capitol.


Project Videos

Watch videos spotlighting each of the MSESP-funded projects.

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The MSESP Executive Team discusses the partnership and its goals.




MSESP Projects At-A-Glance

Click a name for a video spotlighting that project.


Project Name



Anoka Green & Minnesota Green

Combines BGAF’s GreenPOWER green manufacturing training, customized to meet the needs of manufacturers, with Precision Sheet Metal training; additional training in one of two manufacturing career pathways: medical device manufacturing or customized welding

BlueGreen Alliance Foundation

Biofuels Production Training

Biofuels certification; existing online course supplemented by multiple learning strategies

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Clean Energy Smart Grid Technology

Statewide mobile training program focused on the electric power sector workforce in clean energy smart grid technology

Dakota County Technical College

EESI Internship Program

Internships in renewable energy technology for high school and college students

Easy Energy Systems Inc

Energy Efficient Technician Training

Job training in energy efficient construction

Summit Academy OIC

Energy Training for Tribal Communities

Basic construction and home energy auditing skills for tribal communities; students eligible to take BPI Certification exam

Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College

Enhancing the Energy Industry Pathway to Employment

Pre-employment trades academy with an introduction to the solar industry; evening classes help electricians become certified solar installers

Workforce Development, Inc.

Get Into Energy Career Pathways

Career coaching and tuition assistance for energy and renewables training programs

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.

Green Construction and Sustainability Awareness

Green Construction classes and Green Awareness training

Cement Masons Local 633 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee

Green Construction Awareness: LEED Green Associate Class

LEED construction training and certification for apprentices, journey-level workers, and contractors

Metro Area Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee

Green Construction for Youth

Energy-efficient building construction and retrofit training for youth and young adults combining basic education, support services, and work readiness skills

City Academy

Green Employment Initiative

Two short-term vocational training tracks for low-income job seekers focused on energy-efficient building, construction and retrofitting, energy efficiency assessment, or sustainable product manufacturing


Lean Green Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing and green process management classroom and on-the-job training focused on eliminating waste from the production process while creating environmental benefits

Rebuild Resources/Project for Pride in Living Enterprises

LEED and 50001 Training

LEED certification for college staff and dislocated workers; ISO 50001 training and certification for college staff and incumbent workers

South Central College

LEEDERs in Sustainable Construction

Green building techniques and Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification

Anoka County Job Training Center

Mechanical Insulation Green Jobs Training Initiative

Green mechanical insulation training for apprentices; green awareness training course added to the JAC apprenticeship program

Twin City Area Heat & Frost Insulators Local 34 Joint Apprenticeship Committee

NEMN Renewable Energy Project

Training, career coaching and internships in the renewable energy industry

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training

Northern Minnesota Green Training

Green energy construction or photovoltaic skills training including wind turbine installation and maintenance, solar thermal techniques, and green building practices

Northwest Technical College

Red Lake Green Construction

Occupational skills training and development in the construction of energy efficient dwellings combining basic education with technical training

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

RENEW Green Homes North

Training and job placement in green construction and building maintenance

Minneapolis Employment and Training Program

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Training Program

(no video)

Short-term job readiness and industry-specific training on green construction and renewable energy manufacturing; special emphasis on sales and customer service

Central Lakes College

Renewable Energy Maintenance Technician Training

Comprehensive training and certification in industrial maintenance in the energy generation and biofuels production industries; targeted to unemployed and underemployed individuals

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.

Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy Training

Pilot program to train developers on compliance with the Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy; training in energy efficiency and green development

City of Saint Paul

Solar Photovoltaic Technical Sales and Installation

Training in solar photovoltaic technical sales and installation


Trades Academy to Apprenticeship Pathway

Extensive career pathway instruction outlining opportunities for adults to develop skills through hands-on experience and demonstrated skill attainment; welding skills and safety training for jobs in green industries

Workforce Development, Inc.



Archive and Resources

General Information and Resources


Grants and Grantees


Grant Documents with the U.S. Department of Labor





Teresa Kittridge, MSESP Project Manager, teresa@mnrem.org
Carol Dombek, Program Manager, MNREM, carol@mnrem.org



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