Provost Anne Blackhurst was a featured panel member Wednesday at the Governor’s Workforce and Human Resources Conference in Fargo. The session “Building a Workforce: Education and Industry Partnership” discussed a series of breakfast meetings between MSUM and various workforce sectors, including STEM, banking, and manufacturing. The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation is a co-sponsor.
An annual breakfast is held with each industry sector and is attended by Pres. Szymanski, Provost Blackhurst, deans and, for the past year, representatives from M-State. Industry representatives are asked about their workforce needs and MSUM and M-State representatives report on specific changes made in response since the last meeting.
At Wednesday’s panel, Delton Steele, US Bank; Matt Gustafson, Evolution1; and David Batcheller, Appareo Systems discussed their participation in the meetings. “You wonder if people in higher education are listening, and I can tell you that they are listening,” Gustafson said.