The White House stands behind the goals of the MN FastTRAC Initiative, with President Obama announcing a goal of 5 million additional community college graduates by 2020.
In the health care industry FastTRAC has been a godsend. People who are unsure of their desire to do this type of work can get a feel for what it will be like. Those who perhaps have a limited job history or limited successful job history are coached and shown how to achieve success. Those who are successful now have an avenue to enter advanced training and get a taste of college courses. This is an indispensable program and the time, money and effort spent on it needs to be maintained. We find that those who have been through this program easily get through their crucial first year of employment, and those who have shown interest in advanced training are usually 5- plus year employees.
- Deb Barnes, Administrator and Regional Director, Parker Oaks Communities/Elder Care of Minnesota
"Since its inception, FastTRAC has led to a significant change in the culture of the organizations involved, most notably among ABE and at MnSCU. Program providers have started to change the way they deliver services, focusing more on long-term outcomes. The larger systems involved have begun to create a shared vision for success, learning how to align their limited resources rather than compete for them. Plainly put, FastTRAC is helping systems to focus less on helping themselves and more on helping the working learners they serve."
- Governor's Workforce Development Council, "All Hands on Deck"