Are you a laid off miner or worker?
You may be eligible to earn a degree for free!
If you’ve lost your job as a result of increased foreign trade activity, you may be eligible for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
TAA eligible workers may receive:
- Free Tuition
- Free Books
- Free Fees
- Free Supplies
- & more, depending on the student and specific degree needs.
Do you already have a two-year degree?
If you previously graduated from community or technical college, you may be able to earn a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University using Trade Adjustment Assistance Act funding. To be eligible to receive TAA funding the degree program must demonstrate job opportunities in the state of Minnesota. The following show future job growth and should be TAA eligible:
Looking for a two-year or technical degree?
In addition, 360 eTech and Northwest Technical College offer certificates in the following:
- Production Technologies (100% online)
- Automation Technologies (online with labs)
- Welding Technologies (online with labs)
Additional Education = Job Security + Increased Wages
The 360 Career Ladder shows you the various positions a person can hold and the pay you can expect, based on your education.
Unemployment running out? Earn While You Learn
Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) is extending Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for TAA participants who are enrolled in full-time training. TRA can extend regular unemployment insurance benefits for up to a total of 130 weeks.
Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) are available to continue to provide income support while you are participating in full-time training. The amount of each weekly TRA payment is based on the weekly unemployment insurance (UI) benefit amount you already have received. You must have been entitled to receive UI benefits before you may receive TRA and you must have exhausted your UI entitlement.
TRA is very complicated. It is best to consult with TRA staff before making any decisions regarding TRA. You can reach TRA staff at: DEED.TRA@state.mn.us
How do I sign up for the TAA program?
If you live in Northeastern Minnesota (Iron Range and Duluth areas), contact:
Northeastern Office of Job Training
Telephone: (218) 735-3740
Toll Free: (800) 325-5332
If you live elsewhere in Minnesota, please contact: