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RealTime Talent is bringing WorkFountain to Minnesota

Building on the success of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project, Minnesota is taking another step in connecting employers and job seekers with today’s announcement that RealTime Talent has selected WorkFountain as the platform for a new kind of online labor exchange.This innovative online platform, which has found strong success in Michigan and Ohio, will bring a new level of connectivity that can reduce hiring bias, create faster matches, and ensure the best candidates get hired for the job.

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Senator Bonoff Urges Governor Dayton to Call Special Session

Time is of the essence for critical public works needs across the state St. Paul, Minn – While legislative leaders and Governor Dayton were unable to agree upon the framework for a special session, dozens of critical projects across Minnesota will fail to move forward. Today, Senator Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) sent a letter to Governor […] Read more

OLA report shows progress in U of M research reforms

Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor presented an update to the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on reforms being undertaken at the University of Minnesota, in the area of human research testing and in the Department of Psychiatry.

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New Program Provides Free College for Students in Technical School

As high school students and their families make plans for attending college in the fall, one challenge may be finding ways to pay for it. A new grant program provides the perfect option. Thanks to legislation passed in 2015, qualifying students can attend college for free by studying the skills and trades, giving them the competitive advantages needed to succeed in a 21st century economy – while also addressing workforce shortages being felt across the state. Passed in the Senate Higher Education Omnibus Bill, this Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) gives qualifying students seeking a degree in high-skilled, high-demand areas, the opportunity to have much of their education paid for.

MN Project PIPELINE Applications are now available

(St. Paul, Minn.) – Applications for the Minnesota PIPELINE Project became available today. These grant dollars will give students the opportunity to earn while they learn and letting businesses meet expanding needs. The MN PIPELINE Project provides grants of up to $6,000 per students in high-demand, high-growth occupations in four industries: advanced manufacturing, healthcare services, […] Read more

Joint Higher Education Committee Hearing to Discuss Proposed Concurrent Enrollment Changes

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Recent changes in concurrent enrollment policy by Minnesota’s regional college accreditation service, the Higher Learning Commission, threaten to disrupt and hamper years of work towards offering concurrent enrollment opportunities for Minnesota’s students and reduce the current pool of qualified teachers. Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Chair Senator Terri Bonoff […] Read more