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MCTC Meets with Local Employers

Making the case for budget requests with local employers

MCTC President and Associate Vice President visit Standard Heating and Air ConditioningMCTC leaders are meeting with area employers to stress the critical importance of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) FY14–FY15 budget request that is currently being reviewed by Minnesota House and Senate Higher Education Committees. Recently, MCTC President Phil Davis and Associate Vice President Mike Christenson met with Todd Ferrara, co-owner of Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, to discuss the alignment of the MnSCU budget with the needs of businesses and the community. Standard Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned Minnesota company with an 83 year history. It moved its headquarters to North Minneapolis in 2009. Todd Ferrara serves on the HVAC-R Advisory Committee for MCTC and has been an advocate for this program and the HVACR profession.

MnSCU is seeking a $97 million increase in its biennial budget which focuses on increasing the competitiveness of Minnesota's workforce, increasing the access and affordability of college and accelerating completion rates for students. Expanding partnerships with employers are a key component within the MnSCU budget request, which includes $12 million in internship funding to be matched by employer funding, $21 million in leveraged equipment funding to be matched by private funding, and raising $20 million in scholarships to help ensure access and affordability for low-income students.

MCTC leaders are planning meetings with more than a dozen employers, with visits conducted or scheduled with executive of organizations that include Ameriprise, Accenture, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association, Haberman Machine and SDK Accounting.

Read more on the Standard Heating and Air Conditioning blog.