The Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) board evaluates grant applications for training programs and makes grant awards to partnering businesses and educational institutions.
A great idea. But what does the program mean in real terms for Minnesota businesses?
Finance & Commerce recently convened a panel of business leaders – including a representative of the MJSP – to talk about how this program has bolstered training options, among other things.
Click the image at right to read an edited version of the conversation between our experts, moderated by Finance & Commerce reporter William Morris.
Meet the experts:
Jodie Greising, Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
Jodie Greising is the director of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. She has twenty-five years of experience working in the areas of business and workforce development, during which time she has helped establish several workforce development programs. Her office currently administers four programs that provide grants aimed at building partnerships between business and education, and providing training to workers for skills that are in demand by Minnesota businesses.
Tammy Anhalt-Warner, Center for Continuing Studies, St. Cloud State University
Tammy Anhalt-Warner is director of Workforce Development and Welcome Center at the Center for Continuing Studies, St. Cloud State University. In addition to directing operations at the University Welcome Center, Anhalt-Warner is the project manager for numerous customized professional development training programs and has developed an array of non-credit courses for individuals seeking career enhancement. Her team has been awarded nearly $1.7 million in MJSP training grant funds.
Kelly Hansen, Park Industries Inc.
Kelly Hansen is the vice president of human resources for Park Industries Inc. Hansen graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in business management with a concentration in human resources. She received her master’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica and a certification as a professional in human resources. Hansen serves on the Governor’s Workforce Development Committee, Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association, and the Central Minnesote United Way HR Committee.
Matthew Salo, Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College
Matthew Salo is director of training at Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College for the aligned colleges’ Professional and Workforce Training Department. Salo manages all of the MJSP grants for the colleges, along with directing Anoka-Ramsey’s Biomedical Technology Department. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bethel University.
Mike Smoczyk, Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Mike Smoczyk has been the director of professional development at Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. since 2007. He leads Kraus-Anderson University, the training and development program within the company. Smoczyk is a licensed school superintendent, principal and teacher and worked in education for 23 years prior to joining Kraus-Anderson.
Greg Sandeno, Alexandria Technical & Community College
Greg Sandeno is a manufacturing specialist at Alexandria Technical & Community College. Sandeno has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience as an industrial, manufacturing and procurement engineer. He has worked at improving processes at companies such as Unisys, Honeywell Defense, ATK, Tetra Pak and Graco Inc. Sandeno currently writes and manages training grants along with developing and delivering training for manufacturing industry.
Ben Bomstad, Alexandria Industries
Ben Bomstad is a training manager with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing that includes co-owning and operating a machining job shop, providing employee development solutions, and developing and delivering innovative manufacturing training. He is currently a corporate training manager at Alexandria Industries, a manufacturing solutions company that provides customized aluminum extrusions, heat sinks, ferrous and non-ferrous precision machined products, and injection and foam molding components.