Business and Industry Partnerships

Minnesota’s higher education institutions are eager partners in workforce training and development and are well known for their close collaboration with business and industry.

Customized training. Online professional development and employee training Business management programming. Research. Product development. Cooperative initiative between schools and industries. You name it, our universities, colleges and technical schools have done it.

And training is available on site, on campus or online.

Here are just a few examples of the key partnerships between business, higher education and government.

DEED Job Skills Partnership Grants
Through our Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership program we work strategically with businesses and schools to train or retrain workers, expand opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state.

  • Grants of up to $400,000 are awarded to educational institutions that partner with businesses to develop new-job training or retraining for existing employees.
  • Between 2001 and 2006, MJSP projects have trained approximately 82,600 people. Placed trainees earned an average wage of $17.37 per hour.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Companies of all sizes in every region of the state depend on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to prepare and maintain a qualified work force, increase employee productivity and support new business growth.

The 32 public colleges and universities in the system offer an array of services to help employers, businesses and organizations with their education and training needs.

  • MnSCU institutions provide training for more than 6,000 employers each year, most often with customized or entirely new training tailored to an employer's workforce, timeline, industry, or business plan.
  • Customized training runs the gamut from aviation to world languages and everything in between. And MnSCU has special “centers of excellence” focusing on health care, manufacturing, engineering and information and technology security.
  • About 146,000 employees are trained annually by MnSCU.

The University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota and the business community share common goals of attracting and retaining quality talent, expanding knowledge, and enhancing research and innovation.

Businesses throughout the state and across the globe turn to the Academic and Corporate Relations Center (ACRC) for help tapping into the resources and services offered at the university.

More than 300 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes, and programs at the university bring a wide-range of experts together to with business and industry to discover solutions through research and innovation.