Workforce Partnership Seminar

Twice a year Minnesota State’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centers of Excellence collaborate to offer the Workforce Partnership Seminar. This is a free seminar and networking opportunity. The purpose of this program is to provide thought leadership for workforce stakeholders. It is a forum to network, collaborate, and learn about innovative workforce solutions.

Employee Attraction and Retention

The Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and the Engineering Center of Excellence are working together with DEED and RealTime Talent to bring information to employers to assist in workforce fulfillment. Employers in the manufacturing, engineering, and other sectors will learn some best practices on employee attraction and retention. Speakers will be sharing information about the current and future workforce levels, sharing various employer strategies being implemented, and an employer “deeper dive” workforce panel discussion.

WHO: Industry, Academia, and State Agencies
TOPIC: Employee Attraction and Retention in Manufacturing and Technical Jobs
WHEN: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
WHERE: FREE hybrid event: through ZOOM or in person at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, 1540 Northway Drive, St Cloud, MN 56303-1240, Room 1-358

In-person 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM  FREE Lunch Included!
Via Zoom1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Agenda: Employee Attraction and Retention

This seminar will be offered in a hybrid style. For those attending in person, lunch and networking opportunities will start at 12:00 PM. A facility tour will happen at the end of the meeting.

For those attending via zoom, the seminar will start at 1:00 PM.

Receive more information here

Professional Development Hours Available
contact engineering@mnsu.edu for more information

Register Here

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION CLOSED 9/9/21 at 4:00 PM

Past presentations 

Tools to Connect Industries and Schools

This virtual event has representation from Design Ready Controls and Die Technologies. They shared some of their successful school connection tools they use to meet many workforce needs. Johnson High School told us how they connect with industry in the creation of their career pathways program. This leads to student success in and outside of the classroom. Finally, there was a panel discussion with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Trade & Industry Specialist, Executive Director of Midwest Manufacturers, and President of the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. They shared some of the best practices and provide ideas to help solves some workforce challenges and/or student opportunities.

View the presentation slides:
Design Ready Controls
Die Technologies
Johnson High School

View the recording here


Andrew Dahlen presented on Competency-Based Education (CBE) into a Mechatronics Program. Heidi Braun-Kahn and Jerome Balsimo present on Apprenticeships. You can view the video recordings of the past Workforce Partnership Seminars on YouTube.