COVID-19 Update: Schools Transition to Online Learning

Gaps in broadband coverage may pose a problem for rural schools.

International Travel Suspended Across Minnesota State System

Several other schools have advised students to avoid international travel over spring break.

St. Thomas Cuts Full-Time MBA

Amid a national decline in MBA applications, the university cuts programs and restructures administration.

Educating NextGen Health Professionals

Minnesota’s health care education programs are evolving to meet changing state- and community-based patient needs.

Backlash Against Non-Competes

Is Minnesota getting ready to restrict their applicability?

Gov. Walz Proposes $224.2M for U of M Infrastructure Updates

The proposed funds would go toward renovating existing facilities and building three new ones.

TCB Q&A: Former Minneapolis Public School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson

Johnson gets real about the hot-button issues vexing public education and thus workforce readiness.

How the Legislature is Trying to Get Young Minnesotans Into High-Demand Jobs

Lawmakers expanded two pilot projects aimed at drawing high school and college students into fields starving for workers, from manufacturing and agriculture to health care and IT.

Carlson School Student Org Aims to Boost LGBTQ Presence in Workforce

Now in its third year, the Compass student group works to connect students, alumni, and area business leaders. Its flagship alumni reunion event will be held on Friday.

The Art and Science of Educating Entrepreneurs

Higher education offers courses and degree programs for people launching businesses, but it also connects entrepreneurs with mentors and incubator spaces.

Targeting Employee Benefits

Businesses are offering more benefits, such as backup child care and bigger 401(k) matches, to attract and retain employees amid the workforce shortage.

Study Finds Apprenticeships Are on the Rise in Minnesota

Overall participation in apprenticeships grew by 27 percent between 2014 and 2017. About 96 percent of those are in construction.

Minnesota High Tech Association Lands SBA Grant, Relaunches STEM Intern Program

The $125,000 grant is aimed at helping underrepresented entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Minneapolis-based MentorMate Grows Bulgarian Presence

The software company now counts more than 500 IT professionals in the Eastern European country.

Education & Training Guide

Meeting workforce needs of Minnesota businesses requires colleges and universities to continually adapt their programs.

Taking the Field: 5 Up-and-Coming Sports Apps

Starting 11, MatBoss, TeamGenius, Player's Health, and UnderRecruited Preps are all on the roster.

To Pay or Not to Pay?

Unpaid internships are tempting, but do companies benefit?

LGBTQ Advocates Gear Up for Workplace Inclusivity Conference

Minneapolis LGBTQ activism nonprofit Mossier is hosting the first ever annual Proud to Work MN conference on Friday. The event will teach Fortune 500 HR reps how to create more open workplaces, and why companies should care.

The New Rules of Mentorship

Who's helping whom? From banks to Best Buy, mentorship, increasingly, goes both ways.

Freshen Up the Way You Are Networking

Here are effective strategies for going beyond business cards to network creatively in a changing communications climate

The IT Workforce Quandary

Talent is in high demand and short supply, but businesses can make some savvy personnel moves.

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg to Resign Next Year

Rosenberg is leaving after 16 years in the role in part because he doesn’t want to “overstay” his welcome. Plans for the process to find his replacement will be shared next week.

Meet the 20 Minnesotans Selected as 2019 Bush Fellowship Recipients

The Bush Fellows will receive up to $100,000 over the next year or two to improve their business acumen, professional leadership skills, or tackle opportunities to rejuvenate their community.

St. Thomas Partners with gener8tor for New Business Accelerator

The program is aimed at students with fledgling startup concepts.

U of M President Kaler Asks for Over $300M More in Funding, Offers Advice in Last Pitch to Legislature

If his funding request is adopted, Kaler said he thinks the U of M could keep tuition increases at inflationary levels at the Twin Cities campus and at zero at the other four campuses in the system.

How Minnesota Universities are Accelerating Change in Health Care Education

To fill the industry pipeline, Minnesota’s colleges and universities are finding ways to make health care education more accessible to a variety of students.

No Excuses: Survey Finds Employees Actually Get More Done During Holidays

End-of-year deadlines fuel productivity. But once out of the office, 60 percent of local workers don’t check in.

To Keep Employees Engaged, Companies are Creating Meaning in the Workplace

Company culture is a key aspect of recruiting and retaining workers.

Inside Dunwoody College of Technology’s $10M, Phase One Renovation

The second phase of the technical college’s renovation plan is set to start next year.

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.

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.

Are You a Digital Guru or Luddite?

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

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.

Pot Testing Up in Smoke?

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Paving the Way to Graduation

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

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.

The Diversity Drop-Off

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

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.

Minnesota Higher-Ed Debt Levels Off

LendEDU’s annual tracking study points to at least temporary improvement.

Jobs Spike = Housing Crunch

Digi-Key’s expansion in Thief River Falls faces twin challenges: finding 1,000 workers and finding homes for them.

Tackling the Coder Crisis

Can the U’s coding boot camps reduce the web developer shortage?

Capella Education Merging with Strayer Education

Capella will lose some corporate jobs in Minneapolis, but the count is not known.

Veterans' Battle at Home

How veterans are doing at finding a job when returning home to Minnesota.

Mission Employable: Getting Jobs for Vets

Jim Finley, Minnesota's top official for finding jobs for veterans, discusses the state's progress on hiring more veterans and what improvements still need to be made.

Why MN Has So Many Non-Full-Time Jobs — And Why That’s Good (and Bad) for the Economy

Of the state's job vacancies in the second quarter of 2017, 44 percent were part-time (less than 35 hours per week), and 15 percent were temporary or seasonal.

The Workforce's Hidden Addicts

The nationwide opioid addiction epidemic is seeping into the workplace but hard to detect and deal with. Meanwhile, its potential impact on the labor force is staggering.

Degree Inflation

Salaries soar for local college grads.

How St. Paul is Trying to Find and Train Its Next Generation Workforce

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Right Track program trained and placed nearly 900 young people in jobs in St. Paul, with most of those participants coming from communities of color.

The Complicated Reality Behinds the Story of Somali Success in Minnesota

For all the talk of success, the story of Somali-Americans' economic status and political clout in Minnesota is mixed.

EEOC Sides with Workers in Cargill Prayer Dispute

The commission said Muslim workers that were fired had their civil rights violated.

The Workplace Summer Slump

Think your company is less productive in the dog days? It is.

Certifiably Skilled Employees

Short-course certificate programs offer employers and employees a boost with new skills and fresh approaches to business.

The Blended Workforce

Businesses hire customers to fill short-term gaps and save labor costs, but it can be challenging to effectively manage employees and freelancers who have different statuses and legal standing.

Mankato's Employment Flatline

Community leaders want 3,000 newcomers to fill job vacancies.

The Next Generation Gap

How will millennial managers—as well as the rest of the workplace— react to the first wave of Gen Z entering the workforce this summer?

A Woman's Path Back to Work

Firm helps women return to the corporate sector after they have kids.

Hiring With A Global Mindset

Employers are looking for new hires with global mindsets, and Minnesota colleges and universities are finding new ways to teach students about the world.

Book Review: “The Schmuck In My Office: How To Deal Effectively With Difficult People At Work”

This book is not a psychiatry manual and you shouldn’t make armchair diagnoses, but understand that there are several basic kinds of office schmucks you might encounter in your work life.

Women Of Color Are Working Against The Odds

Twin Cities women define what it takes to diversify Minnesota businesses.

The State Of Overqualified Workers

A college education is a popular credential in Minnesota, but it isn’t needed to perform most jobs.

How Business Is Finally Connecting With Post-9/11 Vets

Veteran employment has long lagged civilian numbers, but that's starting to change.

Inside The U's Reinvention Of Undergrad Education

Excellence comes with a price.

PeopleNet's Data Highway

A Minnetonka firm leads the trucking industry’s evolution from cowboys of the road to driven data drones.

Study Finds Apprenticeships Are on the Rise in Minnesota

Overall participation in apprenticeships grew by 27 percent between 2014 and 2017. About 96 percent of those are in construction.

Minnesota High Tech Association Lands SBA Grant, Relaunches STEM Intern Program

The $125,000 grant is aimed at helping underrepresented entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Minneapolis-based MentorMate Grows Bulgarian Presence

The software company now counts more than 500 IT professionals in the Eastern European country.

Education & Training Guide

Meeting workforce needs of Minnesota businesses requires colleges and universities to continually adapt their programs.

Taking the Field: 5 Up-and-Coming Sports Apps

Starting 11, MatBoss, TeamGenius, Player's Health, and UnderRecruited Preps are all on the roster.

To Pay or Not to Pay?

Unpaid internships are tempting, but do companies benefit?

LGBTQ Advocates Gear Up for Workplace Inclusivity Conference

Minneapolis LGBTQ activism nonprofit Mossier is hosting the first ever annual Proud to Work MN conference on Friday. The event will teach Fortune 500 HR reps how to create more open workplaces, and why companies should care.

The New Rules of Mentorship

Who's helping whom? From banks to Best Buy, mentorship, increasingly, goes both ways.

Freshen Up the Way You Are Networking

Here are effective strategies for going beyond business cards to network creatively in a changing communications climate

The IT Workforce Quandary

Talent is in high demand and short supply, but businesses can make some savvy personnel moves.

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg to Resign Next Year

Rosenberg is leaving after 16 years in the role in part because he doesn’t want to “overstay” his welcome. Plans for the process to find his replacement will be shared next week.

Meet the 20 Minnesotans Selected as 2019 Bush Fellowship Recipients

The Bush Fellows will receive up to $100,000 over the next year or two to improve their business acumen, professional leadership skills, or tackle opportunities to rejuvenate their community.

St. Thomas Partners with gener8tor for New Business Accelerator

The program is aimed at students with fledgling startup concepts.

U of M President Kaler Asks for Over $300M More in Funding, Offers Advice in Last Pitch to Legislature

If his funding request is adopted, Kaler said he thinks the U of M could keep tuition increases at inflationary levels at the Twin Cities campus and at zero at the other four campuses in the system.

How Minnesota Universities are Accelerating Change in Health Care Education

To fill the industry pipeline, Minnesota’s colleges and universities are finding ways to make health care education more accessible to a variety of students.

No Excuses: Survey Finds Employees Actually Get More Done During Holidays

End-of-year deadlines fuel productivity. But once out of the office, 60 percent of local workers don’t check in.

To Keep Employees Engaged, Companies are Creating Meaning in the Workplace

Company culture is a key aspect of recruiting and retaining workers.

Inside Dunwoody College of Technology’s $10M, Phase One Renovation

The second phase of the technical college’s renovation plan is set to start next year.

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.

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