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Apr 22, 2018

Construct Tomorrow shares hands-on construction experiences with students

With the worker shortage problem expected to explode from the current 60,000 unfilled jobs to as many as 280,000 by the ...

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Apr 17, 2018

Thinking Minnesota Poll: Is a four-year degree necessary to achieve the American Dream?

Do young Minnesotans need a four-year college degree to find success in life? Many high school students say that’s the m...

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Apr 17, 2018

Rush City’s Dennis Frandsen offers free college for his hometown’s high school seniors

As Minnesota grapples with an increasingly urgent workforce skills gap, stories like Minnesota banker Dennis Frandsen’s ...

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Apr 16, 2018

MN Community and Technical Colleges Encourage Women to Enter the Trades

Skilled trades are, for the most part, a predominantly male bastion. But community and technical colleges in Minneapolis...

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Apr 6, 2018

The Frequent Fright of Student Debt

When students take out, say, $30,000 in loans, do they think that’s all they’re obliged to pay back?  Or do they properl...

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Mar 27, 2018

Skills Wanted: Companies focus on what workers can do, not what degree they hold

The supply of and demand for middle-skill workers has created a mismatch in our labor market. The “skills gap” is real, ...

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Mar 22, 2018

State Initiatives Work to Eliminate Lingering Stigma of “Vocational” Education

The push for all high school graduates to earn a four-year baccalaureate degree over other post-secondary pathways has r...

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Mar 20, 2018

Community and Technical Colleges Tweak Programs to Meet Labor Demand

How do community and technical colleges decide what programs to offer to meet the labor market’s needs most effectively?...

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Mar 20, 2018

Does Our National Conversation about College Debt Adequately Take Interest into Account?

Question.  When it’s written or said that a person has taken out, say, $30,000 in student loans, is it usually assumed t...

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Mar 14, 2018

Transforming Workforce Development

States that are “moving the needle” on their workforce development challenges have one thing in common: They are focused...

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