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May 27, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Minnesotans have much to be proud of, including the third-highest labor-force participation rate in the country and an unemployment rate below the national average for 10 years running.

Even so, a shortage of skilled workers is impeding Minnesota's economic growth. By 2024, projections show a gap of 400,000 workers needed to fill middle-skill jobs - those requiring education beyond high school but not a four-year degree.

My organization, ECMC Group, recently hosted several experts to...