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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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Jun 20, 2017
Good News about Apprenticeships
President Trump signed an executive order last Thursday (June 15) significantly reducing federal oversight of apprentice...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...