ST. CLOUD - The St. Cloud Technical and Community College has been awarded a nearly $4 million federal grant to help workers upgrade their skills, and get displaced workers back on the job.

Academic Dean Bruce Peterson says part of the money will be used to help workers who have lost their jobs due to overseas competition.

The College will spend $800,000 on new equipment to upgrade three manufacturing programs: Plastics Technology, Prototype/Reverse Engineering, and Automation and Robotics.

Peterson says the college will also set-up learning sites at several area companies and help train their workers electronically.

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College is one of four Minnesota Colleges sharing a total of $13 million.  The other schools are: Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Pine Technical College in Pine City, and Bemidji State University in Bemidji.