Graduates: Will You Stay or Will You Go?

Posted by Josie Strom on May 8, 2018

By Brooks Johnson. “UMD Graduates: Will you stay or will you go now?” originally appeared on May 6, 2018. View the original article here. After four years here, Angie Paulson was sold. The scenery, the easygoing lifestyle — this is it. “If there was a chance for me to stay in Duluth, I would […]

Iron Range Service Center Careers

Posted by Josie Strom on April 28, 2018

The Service Center Career Fair took place on Wednesday, April 25 in Virginia, MN coordinated by the IRRRB in conjunction with NORTHFORCE. Employers including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, and Delta were on location to explain about on-site training and recruit for positions that are currently open on the Iron Range. Jobs like these offer […]

Gearing Up for Mentor Connection Year Three

Posted by Josie Strom on April 15, 2018

The third program year will focus on nurturing the future talent pool. Offering a solution to employment shortages affecting our region, the upcoming program year of Mentor Connection will recruit mentees for in-demand positions at local organizations in the Twin Ports. The second year of Mentor Connection wrapped up this April 10 with the graduation of 57 participating mentees […]

Grants Available to Address Workforce Shortages

Posted by Josie Strom on April 15, 2018

Over $3.1 million in workforce grants were available statewide in Minnesota last fall. Southern Minnesota took advantage of $600,000. By comparison, our northeast region was not awarded any of the available $3.1 million because there were no applications, despite the severe workforce shortages affecting our area. Already extreme, these shortages are only expected to intensify […]

Earn-As-You-Learn PIPELINE Grants Now Available

Posted by Josie Strom on March 25, 2018

Another round of the Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Program grant applications opens April 16th, with over $3 million available statewide to fund dual-training experiences. Applications must come directly from employers and can fund training (up to $6,000 per employee, $150,000 per employer) for new hires or incumbent workers in four […]

Iron Range Makerspace for Schools and Businesses

Posted by Josie Strom on March 15, 2018

Iron Range Makerspace (IRM) is building a community of innovation and opportunity on Minnesota’s Iron Range (full details here). And a large portion of the work being done by IRM is in partnership with schools and small businesses. IRM for Small Businesses The Makerspace Movement is dedicated to providing the space and materials entrepreneurs need to hone critical 21st century skills in STEM […]

The Iron Range Makerspace Phenomenon

Posted by Josie Strom on March 15, 2018

Whether or not you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard of the Makerspace Movement. With between 1,500 and 1,800 locations worldwide, the trend is dedicated to providing collaborative facilities for engineers, scientists, hobbyists, carpenters, artists, tinkers, inventors, musicians, designers, welders, tradespeople — literally anyone interested in “making, learning, exploring, and sharing,” according to The movement is almost synonymous with […]

Looking Up With The Northland Aviation Industry

Posted by Josie Strom on February 25, 2018

Sky-high growth in this sector of the economy is only expected to continue, bringing more jobs along with it. With airports in every county, world-renowned aircraft manufacturers, and a National Air Guard Base, the Northland is a center of gravity for the nationwide Aerospace & Aviation Industry. And growth is soaring! A 2017 study by DEED […]

The TIGHT Job Market Just Got Even Tighter

Posted by Josie Strom on February 12, 2018

According to CNN,  the U.S. economy added about 200,000 jobs in January 2018. 36,000 workers joined the Construction Industry. Health Care grew by 21,000 new hires. Restaurants & Bars gained 31,000 more bartenders, waiters, and cooks. Manufacturing added 15,000 jobs. Meanwhile, wages grew at the fastest pace in eight years, and unemployment rested at 4.1% […]

Why To Treat Job Hunting Like Dating

Posted by Josie Strom on February 3, 2018

Crazy as it sounds, it actually might not be a half bad idea. The new wave of technology has made the process of looking for a job remarkably similar to the process of looking for the love of your life. These days, you set up a profile and start networking. And ideally, you should be just […]

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