Workforce Development

Mary Rothchild headshot

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

  • Encouraging education-industry partnerships through our Centers of Excellence in agriculture, manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, information technology, energy, and transportation. More information can be found at this link:
  • Providing students and faculty with timely career and labor market information through our online data and information resource called CAREERwise and through support of RealTime Talent’s tools for online job information and research
  • Guiding secondary and post-secondary students to career and technical education (CTE)
  • Supporting adult learners through credit-for-prior learning
  • Managing system-wide programs, including Leveraged Equipment and Multi-campus Collaboration Funding

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 (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 workgroups 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 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

Members should use your STAR ID followed by (not your institution) and then use your STAR ID password. If you have trouble accessing this site, send an email request to


Mary Rothchild
Senior System Director for Workforce Development
Minnesota State

Yingfah Thao
Communications and Web Manager, 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 information.

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