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Connections High School Enrolling Students

August 20, 2013 No Comments

Connections High School will start offering classes in September in Staples. CHS will begin operating as a Staples-Motley School District site-governed school within the Staples-Motley High School building. Students in grades 9-12 may now choose to be a student of either Staples-Motley High School or CHS. While these will operate as separate schools, all ISD […]


Waseca Leaders To Help Envision Advanced Technology Center

August 20, 2013 No Comments

Annette Parker was just two weeks into her new job as president of South Central College when she gathered a core group of leaders for a road trip. Most recently the executive director of Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative in Kentucky, Parker’s passion for the industry was apparent as she led officials like Faribault Public […]


Working to learn

August 20, 2013 No Comments

Albert Lea is 1 of 2 cities in state in apprentice program The Minnesota Youth Apprenticeship program in Albert Lea is gaining recognition across the state for its work teaching technical skills to high school students. The program began locally in 2012 and this school year is expected to include four employers: Lou-Rich, Ultimate Automotive, […]


Looking for Good in Manufacturing? You Don’t Have to Look Very Hard

August 19, 2013 No Comments

While it’s true some sectors have not bounced back as quickly as others, it’s also true that American manufacturing has led our recovery and holds the keys to strong, sustainable economic growth and national security. Among the industry experts weighing in on the state of U.S. manufacturing, most are aligned on what needs to be […]

NewsBytes: July / August 2013

NewsBytes: July / August 2013

July 12, 2013 No Comments

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Small Manufacturers: Taxes and Regulations Are Crushing Us

June 20, 2013 No Comments

In honor of National Small Business Week, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing Wednesday spotlighting America’s manufacturing industry. According to Chairman Sam Graves, manufacturing directly supports 11 million jobs in the United States, and the industry has improved over the past several years. Despite the improvement, “according to the National Association of Manufactures […]


Ask Bill Clinton: How Important Is Manufacturing to U.S. Job Growth?

June 18, 2013 No Comments

Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm (QCOM) “Advanced manufacturing doesn’t really generate a lot of operating jobs, and the jobs it does create are highly skilled. Manufacturing that requires a lot of lower skilled labor will likely continue to be located outside of North America. So how important, finally, is manufacturing to U.S. job growth?” […]


Minnesota braces for scores to drop with new Common Core tests

June 12, 2013 No Comments

As the school year drew to a close, Minnesota parents received a warning that their children may receive lower scores on standardized tests than last year, now that the state has adopted new national benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards. In a May 30 letter to parents, state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius wrote […]


Five Step Plan To Attract Next-Generation Manufacturing Talent

June 3, 2013 No Comments

As manufacturing specialists visits facilities throughout the U.S. each week, one consistent theme continues to come into focus: the knowledge and skill-level that is exiting organizations through retirement is becoming increasingly difficult to replace with today’s applicant pool. In fact, it’s the buzz in manufacturing media almost daily now. Want to make someone fresh out […]


What if my child isn’t going to college?

May 23, 2013 No Comments

A parent asked me recently what she should do if her child doesn’t appear headed for college. The student in question is just a fourth-grader, but this is the Washington area, probably our nation’s most college-conscious region. Parents here like to plan ahead. We don’t want to drag to college a student who isn’t interested. […]

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