A strong STEM workforce is a core element to grow Minnesota’s economy and core to the mission of the Minnesota High Tech Association. Highlighted here is a sampling of what’s happening on multiple fronts at Minnesota High Tech Association in collaboration with our members and other organizations across Minnesota to grow Minnesota’s STEM workforce:
Fast-track Technology Training
One approach to expand the STEM workforce quickly is fast-track technology training. Read our story of recent graduates from Prime Digital Academy, a Minnesota High Tech member based in Minneapolis.
College STEM Internships
Over 1,200 college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math have been placed in paid internships since 2012 through the SciTechsperience Internship Program at the Minnesota High Tech Association. SciTechsperience is designed to expand the pool of STEM talent and support small and growing Minnesota companies. The program receives state funding to help small businesses subsidize wages for the interns they hire. An example, featured in our home page photo, is Monteris Medical, a medical device company in Plymouth that is focused on providing innovative MRI-guided neurosurgical ablation tools and solutions for neurosurgeons. Monteris has hired four interns each of the last two years. Read more stories on SciTechsperience here.
To help the public understand the demand for STEM employees, each week Minnesota High Tech publishes a one-page report on various aspects of STEM hiring. Read the Minnesota Workforce Updates reports here.
News Media Outreach
We provide information for news media about STEM workforce issues. Two recent news reports provide examples of how Minnesota High Tech is a source:
~ When Amazon announced plans to add 200 jobs to its tech hub in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities Business Magazine reporter Burl Gilyard’s story tackled the issue of where the people to fill those jobs would come from. Here’s the story.
~ The U.S. Army named Minneapolis as one of its top choices for the Army Futures Command, a new office to speed up R&D for innovations in military technology. Minnesota High Tech member Par Systems was one of the companies that explained the importance of the talent pool in the state’s application to the Army. Here is Star Tribune reporter Jim Spencer’s story.