Jul 10, 2017

Kersten gets message out that terrific careers don’t require a costly four-year degree: Op-ed reaches 28 community newspapers

The Center’s Great Jobs project aims, above all, to get the message to young people and parents that many terrific caree...

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Jul 9, 2017

AchieveMpls helps students find great jobs that don’t require a four-year degree

Lots of Minnesota companies are looking high and low for skilled welders. They have an ally in AchieveMpls. The mission ...

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Jul 6, 2017

Great Jobs and a Perfectly Fitting Story

Do you recall the old line about someone looking like “he came from central casting”?  About a person who appears, not m...

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Jul 5, 2017

Lifting the stigma on vocational education and technical training

Where did all the skilled labor go? That’s the question currently facing Twin Cities builders. According to a recent Sta...

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Jun 21, 2017

Educational and Career Advice and a Barely Changing Score

In the grand scheme of things – and even in much smaller schemes – two decades are not much more than a blip.  So, I don...

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Jun 20, 2017

Good News about Apprenticeships

President Trump signed an executive order last Thursday (June 15) significantly reducing federal oversight of apprentice...

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Jun 14, 2017

What’s CTE? And It Increased High School Graduation Rates by HOW Much?

If I had to guess, there is a general sense among adults in general that high schools in Minnesota and elsewhere around ...

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Jun 1, 2017

An Impressive “Hand’s On, In-the-Seat” Program in Staples

Staples is 30 miles west of Brainerd in Minnesota Lake Country, hence the name Central Lakes College, with campuses in b...

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Jun 1, 2017

Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Here’s the lament we hear constantly from employers in Greater Minnesota: “We can’t find a skilled workforce—or grow as ...

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May 17, 2017

BMW’s Success with Germany’s Apprenticeship Model

American employers have a lot to learn from Germany’s apprenticeship model. At least, that’s what BMW’s success at its p...

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