Welcome to Workforce Development and Customized Training. We are focused on supporting Minnesota State by:

  • Encouraging education-industry partnerships through our Centers For Excellence
  • Providing students and faculty with timely career and labor market information through our online data and information resource called CAREERwise Education
  • Supporting adult learners through continuing education, customized training and credit-for-prior learning
  • Guiding secondary and post-secondary students to career and technical education (CTE.)

Find useful information and contact helpful staff through links to our units below.


Experiential Education: Internships & Work-Based Learning Guide

Work-­Based Learning for our students represents an increasingly valuable learning opportunity. Whether for the high school-­aged student or a middle-­of‐life career changer, first-­hand exposure to business and industry workplaces and the activities that drive these organizations cannot be replicated in campus settings. Increasing these dynamic experiences for students is a goal of all Minnesota State institutions. Questions regarding the different models for internships and other Work-­Based Learning that exist in Minnesota, including faculty and business partner involvement, credit transferability to upper level institutions, and other considerations are major concerns for both seasoned and new practitioners when starting and updating internship and Work­‐Based Learning programs. In an attempt to answer some of these questions and to ultimately provide some guidelines for internship, dual training and Work‐Based Learning in our system, representatives from across Minnesota State colleges and universities were invited to assist with this collection of information and suggested guidelines.

Download the guide

Some changes to the Leveraged Equipment program are planned for FY2018.  Based on campus feedback, the changes are intended to reduce the paperwork requirements and streamline access to funding.

Here’s what’s changing:

  1. Funds will be allocated to all campuses in August (still based on a 5-year average of campus equipment purchases).  Campuses will no longer be required to apply for the funds before receiving them.  An annual utilization report will be required and due October 1 each year beginning in 2018, detailing how the funds were spent and what match was raised.
  2. Matching donations are not required to be within the same program area for which equipment will be purchased . While a match is still required, it can be a match within any high-demand area.

Two requirements remain in place:

  1. The funds must be spent on instructional equipment in a credit-based academic program that culminates with a transcripted award.
  2. Programs eligible to access leveraged equipment funds must be in designated high-demand program areas.  ASA will provide a list of high-demand programs based on the LMIwise workforce information system that provides regional supply and demand information for academic program planning and review. https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/lmiwise

System Office Contact information:

Mike McGee

Deb Bednarz

We partner with RealTime Talent and TalentNeuron Recruit to offer real-time labor market information to campuses for student career advising and job searching, and to assist with academic program planning.

To schedule training opportunities or to seek assistance with labor market data research, contact Phil Arellano, our RealTime Talent Training and Communication Specialist.


The credit for prior learning (CPL) Charting the Future initiative, identified in the FY17 work plan under initiative 2.2.2, "Advance strategies and capacity for competency certification and credit for prior learning at all colleges and universities." This initiative is led by college and university pilots and supported by Academic and Student Affairs.

Five Initiatives

  1. Identify work groups of colleges and universities to advance strategies and capacity for offering students credit for prior learning.
  2. Apply and refine a "toolkit" to scale up different types of credit for prior learning options for students
  3. Support faculty and staff professional development
  4. Commit resources to build capacity for credit for prior learning, including internal and external subject matter experts, to support colleges and universities as they progress
  5. Develop and update system-wide policy and procedures regarding credit for prior learning.

Credit for prior learning assists students with receiving credit based course equivalences for demonstration of equivalent competence through national exams, credit by exam, military experience through ACE or through prior learning coursework leading to portfolio review by an expert faculty member. Credit for prior learning recognizes students often enter our colleges and universities with college level skills. This experience could come through achieving an industry recognized credentials, military experience or through rigorous coursework at high school. Students can accelerate their pathway to degree completion and possibly save money through credit for prior learning.

Team SharePoint Site

CPL Team SharePoint Site

This SharePoint is currently only accessible by Round 1 and Round 2 pilot teams. Members should use your STAR ID followed by @minnstate.edu (not your institution) and then use your STAR ID password.

For more information

Mary Rothchild
Senior System Director for Workforce Development and Customized Training
Minnesota State

Debra Hsu
Associate System Director for Career and Technical Education
Minnesota State

Academic Affairs provides a variety of planning services at the system, regional, and institutional level for the system and its key partners. These services include:

  • Strategic plan development;
  • Vision and mission development;
  • Vision and mission approval by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees;
  • Workplan development;
  • Group facilitation; and
  • Demographic and labor market data.

Due to the limited size of the planning staff, planning services for system colleges and universities are only offered when staff is available. Priorities are determined by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

See Academic Affairs Planning for more infomation.

Todd Harmening
System Director