Information about short-term training and education programs offered by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities that can lead to new careers for dislocated workers will be featured at the system’s State Fair booth.

Through its 54 campuses, the system’s colleges and universities provide most of the training for dislocated workers in Minnesota and can help them move into new careers. Many programs take less than a year to complete and lead to entry-level jobs or higher-level jobs for individuals who add credentials in their fields. Many of these programs are available online.

Fairgoers also will be able to see how Second Life, a popular virtual world, is used for educational purposes. Other booth features include prizes that will be awarded once an hour to fairgoers who spin the “Wheel of Luck” and a blog about activities in the system’s booth, available at

State college and university presidents and members of the Board of Trustees, along with college and university representatives, will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities.

The booth is in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street near the fair’s main entrance.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 250,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 140,000 students in non-credit courses.