With all the talk of a jobs-skills mismatch — high unemployment even as technical and manufacturing jobs go begging — the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is trumpeting its push to meet Minnesota’s work force needs. Yesterday I joined MnSCU trustees and others in touring Dakota County Technical College and seeing some of Read more

What Saint Paul College once billed as the nation’s oldest watchmaking program is closing down, the college’s president confirmed late yesterday afternoon. Rassoul Dastmozd did not elaborate, but wrote me an e-mail stating: “The Saint Paul College Watchmaking Program ended this month following decreases in enrollment and continued funding challenges.  All students who remained in Read more

Judging from the material I’ve received this morning, today seems to be the big Let’s-Question-the-Value-of-College Day. (And it’ll keep popping up. Always does.) The main event here at MPR is at noon: Midday’s broadcast of the Intelligence Squared structured debate: Too many kids go to college. Guests Henry Bienen: President Emeritus, Northwestern University Charles Murray: Read more

Considering the Governor’s Job Summit happening today and MnSCU’s push for career technical education (announced last week), check out this snippet from the Minneapolis – St. Paul Business Journal on this year’s Minnesota Skills Gap Survey: About 45 percent of manufacturers in the 2011 Minnesota Skills Gap Survey said the shortage of skilled workers was Read more