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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

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

  • 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

    • 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

    • Align with workforce needs

    • Focus on capabilities of graduates

    • Grow the pipeline of students

    • Ensure access and affordability


    1.Align with workforce needs

    • Understand current and future workforce needs

    • Meet demand in high-growth fields

    • Expand customized training


    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

    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?


    Sampling of Collaborators in the Itasca Workforce Alignment Team


    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

    • 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

    • Increase kindergarten readiness

    • Close the achievement gap

    • Increase college readiness


    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 Workforce

    MCCE Annual Meeting

    January 30, 2014

    Steven J. Rosenstone, Chancellor


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