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These comments are responses to the statements listed below,
which were generated in regard to the 
Judy Mortrude / Nola Speiser  Interview of
10-10-2014.

Innovative partnerships can help low-skilled adults become productive wage-earners

OVERVIEW

Minnesota urgently needs more effective approaches to help up to 500,000 low-skilled adults become more productive wage-earners, according to Judy Mortrude and Nola Speiser, program administrators for MN FastTRAC, a special effort of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Such approaches should be carried out at the local level, bringing together employers, educators, trainers and counselors, with the target always being preparation for better jobs in specific careers.

For the complete interview summary see: Mortrude/Speiser interview

Response Summary: Average response ratings shown below are simply the mean of all readersí zero-to-ten responses to the ideas proposed and should not be considered an accurate reflection of a scientifically structured poll.

To assist the Civic Caucus in planning upcoming interviews, readers rated these statements about the topic on a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 5 (neutral) to 10 (strongly agree): 

1. Topic is of value. (7.6 average response) The interview summarized today provides valuable information or insight.

2. Further study warranted. (7.2 average response) It would be helpful to schedule additional interviews on this topic.

Readers rated the following points discussed during the meeting on a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 5 (neutral) to 10 (strongly agree): 

3. Innovative job skills training needed. (8.3 average response) Innovative education and training efforts are essential for large numbers of low-skilled adults to become more productive wage-earners.

4. Efforts should be locally based. (8.8 average response) Such efforts should be carried out at the community level, not the state level, even when state funding is provided, to give greater assurance that local economic conditions are considered.

5. Partnerships with industry needed. (9.5 average response) Employers, educators, trainers, and counselors must work together in organized partnerships at the local level to maximize prospects for success.

6. Provide job-specific context for training. (8.8 average response) Both education in basic skills and job-specific training should always be delivered with specific careers in mind, so that the previously low-skilled adults can be fully prepared for job placement.

7. MN FastTRAC succeeding. (6.9 average response) The MN FastTRAC approach appears to be meeting the above objectives.

 

Response Distribution:

Strongly disagree

Moderately disagree

Neutral

Moderately agree

Strongly agree

Total Responses

1. Topic is of value.

0%

0%

20%

60%

20%

5

2. Further study warranted.

0%

0%

40%

40%

20%

5

3. Innovative job skills training needed.

0%

0%

17%

33%

50%

6

4. Efforts should be locally based.

0%

0%

0%

50%

50%

6

5. Partnerships with industry needed.

0%

0%

0%

50%

50%

6

6. Provide job-specific context for training.

0%

0%

0%

50%

50%

6

7. MN FastTRAC succeeding.

0%

0%

33%

67%

0%

6

Individual Responses:

Donald Jackson  (10)  (10)  (10)  (10)  (10)  (10)  (7.5)

1. Topic is of value. I have been involved with producing a transitional high-school-to-work concept in the Northwest Minnesota area for youth, young adults in field of entertainment, video production. The FastTrac Partnership is something that I'm very interested in.

4. Efforts should be locally based. Yes, I believe this approach would be more effective when community organizers can become more interested and personal.

6. Provide job-specific context for training. These positions could not be just in one area of training and employment. It also must cater to the interest of the individuals.

7. MN FastTRAC succeeding. To cover the need in all communities, there is still much work to be done. One of the areas that I would introduce that may have been concerned would be: work retention and capital investment leading to business development for people with special needs.

Don Anderson  (5)  (5)  (10)  (10)  (10)  (7.5)  (5)

Tom Abeles  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)  (na)

There are 500,000 low skilled workers that can be FastTrac'd. If all those went through the program, how many could be employed in MN? If they could all be hired, what would the job vacancy be in MN

Of all the "job vacancies" how many actually require post secondary education and can't be filled by FastTrac?

The questions that I raised about CC's friendly, unresearched interviews are still unanswered.

Chuck Lutz  (7)  (7)  (9)  (8)  (9)  (8)  (9)

Tom Spitznagle  (7)  (5)  (5)  (8)  (9)  (10)  (7)

Wayne Jennings  (9)  (9)  (10)  (7)  (9)  (10)  (8)

Itís vitally important to train people for jobs. Everyone wins. I can hardly believe the figure of 500,000 needing these programs but like the idea of fast tracking. Most school programs are too pokey. The soft skills must be included as their lack is often the reason for failure by workers.

Roger Wacek  (na)  (na)  (6)  (10)  (10)  (7)  (5)

    

The Civic Caucus   is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.   The Interview Group  includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics and business. Click here  to see a short personal background of each.

  John S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay, Pat Davies, Bill Frenzel, Paul Gilje (executive director), Randy Johnson, Sallie Kemper, Ted Kolderie, Dan Loritz (chair),
Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, John Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow, Wayne Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman


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