By Marsha Danielson, Dean of Economic Development

Wellers Work on MN Air Spectacular Recognized
Eric Weller received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Mankato in gratitude of the volunteer service he provided for the Minnesota Air Spectacular held in Mankato on June 9-10, 2012.

CBI and MSU Continue Partnership to Provide Healthcare Continuing Education
CBI will offer the first of seven Healthcare Professional and Continuing Education courses, "Haunting Memories: Helping others cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder's co-sponsored by Minnesota State University, Mankato at South Central College on September 14th from 9 am – 4pm. The Healthcare series is held to support continuing education for RN's, LPN's, Nursing Home Administrators, Assisted Living, Social Workers and Veterans

Danielson Selected to Serve on Skills@Work Action Team
South Central College's Dean of Economic Development has been asked to serve on the Skills@Work southeast action team. A select group of leaders charged with creating a plan on how we can increase skills in the region and statewide. The effort is part of a statewide campaign to close the skill gap. The campaign is coordinated by the Governors Workforce Development Council and Greater Twins Cities United Way. The southeast action team will create a customized regional action plan by November 2012.

CBI Facilitates Regional Workforce Assessment Series on Agriculture
The latest workforce assessment series which was facilitated by Mark Kluender, CBI's Director of Business Development, focused on Agriculture. These workforce listening sessions are being held throughout the State to gather input from employers concerning workforce supply/demand needs.

The data compiled from each of the sessions will be used by MnSCU to align its educational certificates and degrees, worker training and customized education programs with the identified needs of businesses, industries and communities throughout Minnesota.

The primary agricultural areas discussed included farm business operation and management, agricultural mechanics and equipment, animal science, plant and soil science and food science technology.

Once all the sessions are held throughout the State, evaluations will take place and current results will be released, providing a foundation for the future in agriculture and agribusiness in Minnesota.