Workforce Development

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Mary Rothchild

Senior System Director of Workforce Development


Welcome to Workforce Development

With 30 colleges, 7 universities, 54 campuses, and more than 400,000 students, Minnesota State plays a critical role in workforce development by

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

Information about the Leveraged Equipment Program is now available on ASA State Connect.

System Office Contact information:

Mary Rothchild
Senior System Director for Workforce Development

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 Project Manager for Workforce Development.


The Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN) is a Minnesota State collaborative serving 30 colleges and 7 universities in implementing and sustaining credit for prior learning policy and practice.

C-PLAN’s mission is to:

  • Provide Minnesota State students with increased access to CPL assessment opportunities, supporting students' educational progress and completion, and Minnesota State's Equity 2030.
  • Facilitate a comprehensive spectrum of choices for campus faculty to assess student learning for credit, certify transferable student competencies, and ensure quality.
  • Collaboratively capitalize on subject-area and resource-based strengths to offer effective and equitable CPL pathways, create cross-institution crosswalks, and expand the network of campus partners using CPL standards and best practices.

For more information on C-PLAN and becoming a partner campus, visit or email C-PLAN at

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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 information.

Jon Dalager, JD, Ph.D.
System Director, Accreditation, Academic Programs, and Assessment