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Building the World’s Best Workforce. MCCE Annual Meeting January 30, 2014 Steven J. Rosenstone, Chancellor. Educating Minnesota’s Workforce. 31 institutions 7 state universities 24 community and technical colleges 54 campuses 47 communities > 430,000 total students

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Building the world s best workforce

Building the World’s Best Workforce

MCCE Annual Meeting

January 30, 2014

Steven J. Rosenstone, Chancellor


Educating minnesota s workforce

Educating Minnesota’s Workforce

31 institutions

  • 7 state universities

  • 24 community and technical colleges

    54 campuses

    47 communities

    > 430,000 total students

  • 58% of the state’s undergraduates

  • 88% are residents

    41,700 degrees annually

  • 81% of graduates get jobs in related fields

  • 80% stay in Minnesota

    120,000 customized training and continuing education students

    360⁰ Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence


  • The challenges facing minnesota are well understood

    The Challenges Facing Minnesota are Well Understood

    • Changing nature of work

    • Current skills gap

    • Shortage of prepared workers

    • College readiness gap

    • Achievement gap

    • Investment gap


    Strategies for building the world s best workforce

    Strategies for building the world’s best workforce

    • Align with workforce needs

    • Focus on capabilities of graduates

    • Grow the pipeline of students

    • Ensure access and affordability


    1 align with workforce needs

    1.Align with workforce needs

    • Understand current and future workforce needs

    • Meet demand in high-growth fields

    • Expand customized training


    Workforce listening sessions

    Workforce listening sessions

    • 55 sessions throughout Minnesota

    • 9 industry sectors

    • Engaged >1,540 participants, >700 business representatives

    • Key Findings:

      • Critical shortages of qualified workers

      • Need to promote career and technical education

      • Deliver graduates with:

        • Technical and foundational skills

        • Training on latest equipment

        • Internship/apprenticeship experience


    The itasca workforce alignment team is developing a solution to meet the needs of key stakeholders

    The Itasca Workforce Alignment Team is developing a solution to meet the needs of key stakeholders

    As an Employer, how can I ensure that I can meet my current & future talent needs?

    As an Academic Leader, what curriculum changes do I need to make to meet the current and future needs of the employers and students in our area?

    As a Student or Job Seeker, how do I ensure that I am well positioned to find a job that I enjoy & that pays the bills?

    Workforce alignment solution

    As a Funder, which investments will have the greatest impact on my priorities (Reducing disparity, reducing unemployment, increasing growth, etc.)?

    As a Career Advisor or Workforce Developer, how can I ensure my clients have what they need to make fully informed decisions that meet their personal & financial needs?

    As an Economic Developer, how can I promote economic growth and reduce unemployment?


    Building the world s best workforce

    Sampling of Collaborators in the Itasca Workforce Alignment Team


    Over 600 stakeholders have been involved in this effort so far

    Over 600 stakeholders have been involved in this effort so far…

    90+Employers

    155+Academic Leaders

    34+Workforce Developers

    225+Career Counselors

    20+Foundations

    60+Government & Others


    2 focus on capabilities of graduates

    2. Focus on capabilities of graduates

    • Defined learning outcomes

    • More hands-on learning through internships

    • Prepare students on state-of-the-art technology and equipment

    • Increase timely completion


    3 grow the pipeline of students

    3. Grow the pipeline of students

    • Increase kindergarten readiness

    • Close the achievement gap

    • Increase college readiness


    Re design the transition from secondary to post secondary education

    Re-design the transition from secondary to post-secondary education

    • Align assessment

    • Provide targeted remediation to students not on track

    • Expand early college credit options

    • Better align students’ educational plans with workforce needs


    4 ensure access and affordability

    4. Ensure access and affordability

    • Boost financial aid and scholarships

    • Invest in higher education to hold down tuition

    • Drive efficiencies to control costs


    Charting the future for a prosperous minnesota

    Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota

    • MnSCU Strategic Framework:

      • Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans

      • Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs

      • Deliver to students, employers’ communities and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable higher education option

    • Six recommendations to forge deeper collaborations among our colleges and universities to maximize collective strengths, resources, and talents of our faculty and staff

    • www.mnscu.edu/chartingthefuture


    Focus on delivering critical outcomes

    Focus on delivering critical outcomes

    • Academic programs aligned with workforce needs

    • More graduates with hands-on experience and on state-of-the-art equipment and technologies

    • More graduates in critical high-demand, high-growth professions

    • Skills gap reduced

    • Affordability enhanced

    • Increased enrollment, particularly among underserved communities

    • Improved degree completion rates


    Building the world s best workforce1

    Building the World’s Best Workforce

    MCCE Annual Meeting

    January 30, 2014

    Steven J. Rosenstone, Chancellor


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