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Klobuchar and UMR Chancellor Highlight Successful Workforce Training Partnerships During Meeting in Washington DC

July 18, 2012

Chancellor and Klobuchar

Klobuchar invited Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle to Senate meeting focused on innovative ways to collaborate with local industries and boost economic growth

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today highlighted the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR)’s successful workforce training partnerships as a national model for communities across the country. Klobuchar invited Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle to attend a meeting with her and other senators on job creation and discuss UMR’s innovative educational programs that connect students with employers such as the Mayo Clinic and IBM to develop the highly-skilled workforce demanded by local industries.

“As economic success increasingly depends on matching high-tech jobs with highly-skilled workers, innovative programs like those at the University of Minnesota Rochester are more important than ever,” Klobuchar said. “I was proud to have Chancellor Lehmkuhle with me today representing the quality educational institutions we have across Minnesota, and I will continue to work to ensure that our students are prepared for the jobs of a 21st-century economy.”

“Programs that connect students with employers are a win-win for local communities, helping students get good jobs in the area and helping local businesses get the highly-skilled workers they need,” said Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle. “Today was a great opportunity to join Senator Klobuchar and highlight the importance of these partnerships to job creation and economic growth in Minnesota and across the country.”

The University of Minnesota Rochester has built a model for how colleges and local industries can partner together to better educate and train students for the jobs of tomorrow. UMR has partnered with Mayo Clinic to give students a broader understanding of the skills required to work in the health care industry. UMR has also expanded these partnerships to companies like IBM and Hormel.

Klobuchar chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, and has been a leader in the effort to develop a highly-skilled workforce ready for the jobs of tomorrow. Klobuchar was a strong supporter of the America COMPETES Act, which increased support for math and science education as well as new technology initiatives. Klobuchar has also introduced the Innovate America Act to promote innovation and increase America’s competitiveness in the global economy.