Sep 30, 2019

Big Lake High School students learn there is no one path to success

Big Lake Schools 3rd Annual Youth Apprenticeship and Career Fair exposed over 1,400 students in grades 5, 8 and 9-12 to...

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Sep 17, 2019

Which training programs for skilled workers perform best?

Minnesota employers in manufacturing and the trades continue to grapple with daunting workforce challenges. For example,...

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Sep 16, 2019

Bluff Country Collaborative sparks new connection between rural schools and employers

Rural Minnesota school districts generally lack the resources that allow urban and suburban schools to connect students ...

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Sep 16, 2019

Technicians and ‘One of the Greatest Scientific Achievements of the 21st Century’

As part of Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, I’ve reviewed a lot of reports in recent years that blur into each oth...

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Aug 31, 2019

Legacy program prepares young men for electrical lineman career: “It’s more than just a job”

From left to right: Deon Clark, Abdiaziz Abdinisir, Kamal Holmes, Spencer Roth, and Kyndal Pringles The need for skilled...

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Aug 30, 2019

Steve Grove brings a new, Google-inspired approach to measuring results to DEED

When Steve Grove was named commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in Janua...

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Aug 29, 2019

Young Americans rethinking the traditional four-year-college career path

A new report in MarketWatch says young Americans are increasingly taking a very different approach to college and career...

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Aug 28, 2019

An innovative training program for aspiring welders pays off

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, located in Dodge Center, produces refuse collection and cement mixer trucks. Like many...

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Aug 2, 2019

Twenty Presidential Scholars, More than Technically Speaking

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVoss, three months ago in May, named 121 high school students “Presidential Scholars.” ...

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Jul 30, 2019

Amazon’s plan to train and credential its own workforce challenges traditional higher ed institutions

Amazon’s recent decision to launch an in-house post-secondary training program for its workforce is getting major attent...

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