Spotlight on Success: Allison Ohms, Mentor

Posted by Josie Strom on December 3, 2017

Sales Consultant with Compudyne Allison Ohms has volunteered her time and professional expertise as a mentor both in 2016 and for this program year of Mentor Connection. “This program was a HUGE success for me last year and I would be honored to be a mentor again this year,” said Allison at the end of last […]

Inside The Northland’s IT Industry

Posted by Josie Strom on November 26, 2017

Yes, the “It” industry in the Northland right now happens to actually be IT. A quick glance around northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin reveals a plethora of IT businesses and think tanks, all of them with respected reputations that span far beyond this region. They each have their own niche, but they all share one thing in common: a […]

UMD CED: Student to Business Initiative

Posted by Josie Strom on November 15, 2017

Each semester the UMD Center for Economic Development collaborates with local faculty members on the Student to Business Initiative (SBI). This initiative partners student teams with businesses to work on business issues relevant to the student’s coursework. The goal of this program is to enhance the relationship between the colleges and businesses in our community […]

Career Pathways in Manufacturing

Posted by Josie Strom on November 12, 2017

Educational and employment opportunities abound in the bustling industrial community of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Welders, A&P Mechanics, and Machinists are in extremely high demand with no signs of slowing down. Visit our Manufacturing Career Pathways page for a comprehensive guide to training and academic institutions for skilled and technical positions in the area, along with the […]

Calculating The Northland’s Liveable Wage

Posted by Josie Strom on November 11, 2017

How much does it cost to live in this part of the nation? The answer depends on a lot of variables, as demonstrated by the Cost of Living Calculator devised by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. A few determining factors include the number of household members and what part of the state they live in. […]

Four Tips for Career Changers

Posted by Josie Strom on October 31, 2017

By Kayla Dietzmann, NORTHFORCE Project Manager Looking to change careers? Here are the Four Absolutes you need to know. There are endless reasons why people decide to change careers. The one thing all North By Choice Career Changers have in common? They are determined to become happily employed here in the Northland. As you move toward your goal, keep […]

Spotlight on Success: Malvern Madondo, Facebook Intern

Posted by Josie Strom on October 30, 2017

Malvern is an outstanding graduate of the Mentor Connection Class of 2017. He is also a member of the Facebook University for Engineering (FBU) Class of 2017! “This past summer, I did a software engineering internship at Facebook,” explains Malvern. “The first three weeks of my internship consisted of learning iOS Mobile Development. The last […]

Mentor Connection: Breaking the Ice at The Great Lakes Aquarium

Posted by Josie Strom on October 16, 2017

Year Two of Mentor Connection coordinated by NORTHFORCE officially kicked off at The Great Lakes Aquarium on October 10. Buzzing with high energy, the awesome space was an excellent setting for “ice breaker” conversations between newly matched mentors and mentees as well as plenty of professional networking. Over one hundred people turned out for the event, […]

Manufacturing Month in the Northland

Posted by Josie Strom on October 13, 2017

October is Manufacturing Month! The Manufacturing Industry in Minnesota and Wisconsin might not be what you expect. Over the course of October, NORTHFORCE in partnership with APEX has coordinated visits by local schools — Denfield, East, Hermantown, Proctor, Esko, Cloquet, and Wrenshall/Carlton — to nine regional manufacturers: AAR, Altec, Cirrus, IKONICS, IPS Cranes, SCS Interiors, Bendtec, […]

Professional Exploration Experience Pilot Project

Posted by Josie Strom on October 6, 2017

The College of St. Scholastica’s School of Business & Technology and Career Services departments partnered with NORTHFORCE for a pilot project to give leading students a glimpse into the local business world as part of Community Day on October 4. Professional Exploration Experience allowed ambitious students to participate in immersive tours at companies around the Twin […]

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