Minnesota Chamber, Minnesota State worked hand in hand
Steven Rosenstone retired in July as chancellor of the Minnesota State system. His tenure will be marked by a strong relationship with the statewide business community in making the state’s postsecondary institutions more responsive to meeting employer needs. The collaboration was enhanced when David Olson, the late president of the Minnesota Chamber, served six years on the system’s Board of Trustees including two years as chair.
"Preparing students for jobs in a rapidly evolving economy is a key to Minnesota companies remaining competitive," Chamber President Doug Loon says. "It’s imperative that our higher education system is flexible enough to meeting the needs of their customers – students and employers alike."
Among the initiatives spearheaded by Rosenstone:
- Nearly 60 listening sessions were conducted across the state in conjunction with the Minnesota Chamber.
- RealTime Talent was launched, a public/private partnership to create more informed, market-driven decisions to ensure that the talent produced by schools is aligned with workforce needs.
- Innovation in academic programs providing students with up-to-date skills required for high-demand careers.
- The latest technology and equipment are more available and used more than ever to train students.
- Business and industry provided more hands-on learning through internships and apprenticeships.
- A systemwide strategy was implemented for custom training and continuing education to better meet the talent needs of businesses and lifelong learners.
"The traditional workforce is fast disappearing as baby boomers retire and our population diversifies," Loon says. "Companies demand skilled and reliable employees. State colleges and universities are critical contributors to preparing our workforce. We thank Chancellor Rosenstone for his efforts in tackling this challenge head-on."