The Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminars are an assembly of industry, academia and state employees taking an active approach to solving workforce and industry challenges. The vision is to build partnerships that aim to restructure and accelerate the Minnesota workforce education system, meeting the demands in manufacturing. This active approach is done through engaging and pertinent topic speakers along with a dynamic networking environment.

Upcoming Event

WHO: Stakeholders in Industry, Academia, and State Agencies
WHAT: Minnesota Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Gathering – FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!
TOPIC: Building the workforce using work-based learning
FEATURED SPEAKER: Jeff Miller | Career Pathway Director for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
WHEN: 11:00 – 2:00 Thursday, September 26, 2019
WHERE: Minnesota State University Mankato-Edina location, Graduate & Professional Education Center, 7700 France Ave S, Room 515, Edina, MN 55435

Register by September 23rd!

Featured Speaker

Jeff Miller will be our featured speaker and will share with you how to get involved with local and regional educational partners from secondary to post-secondary through work-based learning strategies.

Are you in need of workers? Want to attract and retain younger workers? Contribute to a students’ educational experience? This is a great solution for your business.

Work-based learning is the alignment of classroom and workplace learning; application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting; and support from classroom or workplace mentors.

Our Speaker, Jeff Miller, will share with you how to get involved with local and regional educational partners from secondary to post-secondary through work-based learning strategies. Work-based learning is not about a student leaving traditional school to go to work. It is about working in conjunction with the partner institutions to show learning during their employment, assisting in the students’ educational experience and goals while filling some of your workforce needs. There are many opportunities to begin workforce development as early as 9th grade that progress throughout a student’s secondary and post-secondary career. Finally, he will share some successful implementation examples.

Short Biography

Jeff Miller currently serves as the Career Pathway Director for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He has a passion for career and technical education, providing opportunities for all students to engage in the opportunities career and technical education provides. He also has experience in connecting businesses and industries to education through partnerships and collaboration. Professionally, Jeff has built academic programs in a variety of industry sectors such as engineering, manufacturing, construction, information technology, business, health science, and agriculture.

Previous speaker topics include: 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) focuses on the creating of a Career Pathway system, engaging local, regional and state-level partners showing that any worker at any stage in their career.

Building Minnesota’s Workforce With Competency-Based Credits where the information and recommendations provide strategic options for expanding student pathways to achieve learning that is credentialed with certifications or degrees is accessible through multiple options and is transferable to further education or new employers.

Building Business + Education Partnerships with programs like Workplace Tours, Job Shadowing, Mentoring, Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, Internships, and Apprenticeships.

Untapped Resources – how to hire rehabilitated felons from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Way and techniques to hire and attract Veterans. What are the advantages and benefits of pursuing these types of potential employees?

Workforce resource you may not have considered – Managed Resource Connections, Inc. (MRCI). With more than 65 years of employment training success, MRCI serves individuals with disabilities and/or disadvantages through job training, employment placement & job coaching. MRCI partners with employers to meet business needs and serve as an ongoing resource in diversity integration.


These events are hosted in partnership with the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.