Higher Education Committee Chair Visits Education/Business Partnerships
Thursday, October 31, 2019
State Sen. Paul Anderson, Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and other members of the Minnesota Senate visited various communities throughout Minnesota October 30 and 31, to learn more about local public-private partnerships between Minnesota employers, high schools, and colleges.
MPMA member MRG Tool & Die in Faribault hosted a tour of its precision manufacturing facility. Following the tour, representatives from MRG Tool & Die, Faribault Chamber, Faribault Schools, and South Central College presented information about the various public-private initiatives in their region, including registered apprenticeship programs, and the new Youth Skills Training Program being coordinated between Faribault schools, the Faribault Chamber of Commerce Business Education Network, and area employers. Senator Anderson chief-authored the legislation in the Senate establishing the Youth Skills Training Program statewide.
Representatives from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association, and the Minnesota Business Partnership, joined Sen. Anderson to highlight work they have been doing to help address workforce issues around the state. With a looming workforce shortage, more Minnesota employers than ever before are getting engaged in public-private training programs to train their employees. The tour will highlight success stories throughout the state, where employers and education providers have partnered to educate and train the next generation of Minnesotans for successful, in-demand careers.
“In the most recently passed Minnesota higher education budget, we prioritized making post-secondary education more relevant to the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Senator Anderson. “Our goal is to provide students access to education and training that will prepare them for life-long, successful careers. This tour allows us to see first-hand the public-private partnerships that are forming throughout the state to develop the next generation of Minnesota’s workforce. Through meeting with business owners, students, and educators, we hope to continue to shrink the skills gap in our state.”
Other stops on the two-day tour included: Red Wing Shoes, Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona, Cerenity Senior Care, Wyoming Machine, and Pine Technical and Community College.