Wooing Workers With Creative and Lucrative Benefits

Companies are going above and beyond to attract and retain talent.

Medtronic Earns Bronze on Global Diversity and Inclusion Index

3M and General Mills also earned spots on the global Top 100 list, as did several companies with offices in Minnesota.

Got a New Pup? Request Fur-ternity Leave

Digital marketing agency Nina Hale launches employee benefit for fur babies.

More Than 125 Employees to be Laid Off at Capella HQ Due to Merger

A Capella spokesperson told TCB last fall that layoffs were expected as a result of the merger between Capella Education and Strayer Education. Under new name Strategic Education, the headquarters is shifting to Virginia.

Are You a Digital Guru or Luddite?

PwC's new app assesses digital competency to assit employers with customized training.

St. Kate’s University to Close Minneapolis Campus

The university will shift all operations to St. Paul in a $10 million consolidation and renovation project.

How High Tech is Taking Over Higher Education

Minnesota schools are expanding data analytics offerings and developing other programs to meet changing workforce needs.

MN Teachers Weighing Option to Opt Out or Go All In on Union Fees Following Supreme Court Decision

Justices ruled 5-4 that public employees now have the right to fully opt out of paying membership dues to labor groups that collectively bargain on their behalf.

Girl Scouts Building Tiny Homes is the Latest Outreach Effort Spurring Interest in Construction

The project is exactly the sort of experience that organizers with Girl Scouts River Valleys and Dunwoody College of Technology had envisioned when they teamed up to launch a new STEM-focused camp session.

Why Engaging Employees is Better For Business

Companies are offering more money, better benefits, flexible schedules, attractive workspaces, and more challenging work to motivate and keep workers.

Pot Testing Up in Smoke?

With broader use of marijuana, will employers need to abandon its prohibition?

Microsoft Buys Local Education Startup Flipgrid and Makes Its Service Free for Schools

Flipgrid, a social education startup once known as Vidku, let’s pre-kindergarten to Ph.D.-level educators teach students through the use of bite-size video clips compiled into lesson plans.

Creativity is Key, Minnesota Districts are Discovering in the Face of Teacher Shortages

Many of the openings are reflective of the main teacher shortage areas: special education, math and science.

2018 Education and Training Guide

Colleges and universities are adapting their graduate, continuing education and custom programs to meet the workforce needs of Minnesota businesses.

Middle-Wage Jobs Are on the Decline

DEED finds “job polarization,” despite a low unemployment rate.

Shoring Up a School District Crucial to the Minnesota Economy

Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent Ed Graff reflects on his progress.

Enrollment in Minnesota’s Higher Education Institutions is Declining and This May Not Change for a While

Enrollment often drops during good economic times. But there are also more enduring factors at play.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Launches Initiative to Tackle Workforce Shortage

The Chamber has united stakeholders in an organized effort to solve the state’s growing labor market problem.

Business Optimism Still Strong But Concerns Are Growing

Chief among them: finding and keeping good talent, and intensifying trade conflicts

Casting A Wider Talent Net

Minnesota companies need to look beyond their comfort zones to attract workers in a competitive marketplace.

How Some MN Colleges are Tailoring Their Offerings to the Needs of the (Future) Workforce

The process involves not only creating new programs, but also recognizing when old programs are no longer relevant to the modern economy.

U of M Breaks Ground on $109M, State-of-the-Art Health Sciences Education Center

Governor Mark Dayton, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony, also made the plea to the State Legislature to "make significant, needed investments in the maintenance and repair of our higher education institutions throughout Minnesota."

State Report: Minnesota Needs Immigrants to Fill Jobs, Maintain Economic Growth

Authored by two economists from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the report chronicles the past and present of immigration trends to the state.

Unpacking the Pending St. Paul Teachers Strike: Complicated Allegiances and Limited Dollars

A walkout could begin as early as Feb. 13. Here's a look at how things got to this point and what key sticking points will have to be addressed in order to avoid that.

Shutterfly to Buy Eden Prairie-based Lifetouch in $825M Cash Deal

The leading online retailer of personalized photo-based products saw a strategic opportunity to acquire a leading school photography company.

The Diversity Drop-Off

There aren’t many leaders of color at Twin Cities companies. So what’s being done about it?

Employers Seek New Hires with Real-World Skills

Employers want workers with strong skills in written and oral communication, teamwork and ethical decision-making, as well as the ability to think critically.

Paving the Way to Graduation

Wallin Education Partners’ scholarship support system helps ensure its low-income students complete college.

More MN Students are Graduating, but How Many are Actually Ready for Jobs or College?

While graduation rates are on the rise, proficiency rates in math and reading have remained relatively stagnant. And for some student groups, proficiency rates have actually decreased.

Mini MBA Program Looks to Help Local Minority Entrepreneurs Grow Their Businesses

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association's Mini MBA program is tailored for ethnic minority business owners.

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