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Workforce tour seeks business participants

BEMIDJI - The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is performing a statewide workforce assessment initiative to address Minnesota's growing skills gap.

Businesses interested in participating in this data-collection tour are encouraged to register to attend their respective industries' seminars.

The system, in a joint effort with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will tour the state and directly engage Minnesota companies in developing precise projections of how many workers, with what kinds of skills, will be needed for different jobs in different regions of the state.

This tour will make three stops in Bemidji covering the transportation, healthcare and information technology sectors.

Each of the three, two-hour sessions will follow an identical format: 30 minutes in registration and networking, a 20-minute welcome and data presentation and a 70-minute workforce assessment session that will focus on taking direct input from the businesses and industries in attendance.

Transportation will be covered 9-11 a.m. April 19 at Bemidji Chrysler Center. Healthcare will be covered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 25 in the Education AV Room at Sanford Bemidji Hospital, and Information Technology will be the featured topic from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 2 at Paul Bunyan Communications.

To register a business for the Transportation seminar, visit by Monday's deadline; for the Healthcare seminar, visit by April 22; for the IT seminar, visit by April 29.