Here’s one of the more specific ideas from the speech that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone gave today to the Board of Trustees:
“How will we deliver the workforce of the future for Minnesota?
An extraordinary education is part of the answer. Some of the ideas are all about partnership: Partner with K-12 to increase the number of college-ready students. I have already begun working with Department of Education Commissioner (Brenda) Casselius.
Partner with DEED (the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) and businesses to identify workforce needs and forge a state-wide plan to meet those needs. We need plans both for each region and for each sector (e.g. health care, manufacturing, financial services, bio-tech).
Partner with DEED, workforce centers and businesses to enable more people to more easily update skills and prepare for new careers. I am working with DEED Commissioner (Mark) Phillips on these projects.
We must dramatically increase retention and shorten time to completion of certificates and degrees. Reduce the income and racial gaps in completion rates.
We know we’re on the right track when businesses in communities across the state have our faculty, our colleges and our universities on their speed dial.”