Rosentone stresses business relations

March 29, 2012

MHTA – Steven Rosenstone, the new Chancellor of the Minnesota State pledge to deliver future innovators to Minnesota businesses in a speech to MHTA members. Rosenstone spoke to a diverse group of business leaders, educators and policy makers at St. Paul College and laid out his vision to educate Minnesota’s future workforce and partner with the business community.

“We are essential to the vitality of the state,” Rosenstone said. “We are in a position to deliver the kinds of workers you need to continue innovating.”

In the last year, Rosenstone has traveled more than 6,000 miles meeting with faculty, staff, students and business leaders across the state to understand how MnSCU can continue to provide a world class education for Minnesota’s workforce. Through those travels, he identified four significant barriers that our state faces in higher education and action items to address those barriers. The barriers are not new to MHTA members – the growing skills gap among our current workforce; a shortage of workers with educational attainment for jobs of the future; a lack of college preparation among some K-12 students; and Minnesota’s disinvestment in higher education.

“We simply as a state cannot afford to leave any populations behind,” Rosenstone said.

Rosenstone has laid out a plan to address those barriers. The first is a continuation of his outreach efforts through a new initiative “Meeting Minnesota’s Workforce Needs: Workforce Assessment” to address the state’s growing skills gap. MnSCU has scheduled more than 40 listening sessions throughout the state in April and May focused on the healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, engineering, energy and transportation sectors. Listening sessions for the agriculture sector will be held in June and July and additional listening sessions with the financial services, insurance and other sectors will be held in the fall. MHTA is proud to host one of the listening sessions focused on IT at our Spring Conference on April 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

In addition, Rosenstone is working with MnSCU faculty and staff and the business community to better align college and university programs to meet Minnesota’s workforce needs and to better prepare graduates to meet industries’ needs. He is also partnering with other leaders in the K-12 and higher education communities to ensure Minnesota high school graduates are college ready and enrolling in programs that will lead to well-paying jobs.

More information and registration: IT Workforce Listening Session


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