Message from the GRAUC Board Chair


Our greatest asset and competitive advantage is access to a qualified

workforce. The demand for an effective workforce pipeline fueled with

college and career ready individuals is imminent. If this region is to be

positioned as the premier destination medical community and support the

diversification of our regional economy, attracting and developing qualified

talent is one of our most challenging and important tasks.

Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges (GRAUC) has never

been more important!GRAUC serves as a catalyst for collaboration,

coordination and alignment across our strong public higher education

institutions. We are the leading advocacy consortium for promoting

innovative practices and leveraging public higher education resources to best

serve students, employers and the greater community. Our 30-years of

impact illustrates that GRAUC is best suited to listen to workforce needs,

advocate effectively and secure operative solutions.

In 2014, GRAUC assessed the current higher education and workforce needs

in our region. We continue to adjust our focus and actions to best utilize our

talent to advocate for the most critical and emerging workforce needs.

During this year we intend to address the following opportunities:

1.Solicit updates on workforce needs from area employers.

2.Identify the top occupational area needs and develop strategies to

fuel the workforce pipeline effectively.

3.Respond to the strategic needs of Rochester Community and

Technical College, Winona State University - Rochester and the

University of Minnesota Rochester.

GRAUC will also continue to expand our scope of advocacy by ensuring we

have strong regional and diverse board representation, seeking alternative

funding and securing the capital bonding dollars necessary to address facility

infrastructure needs and delivery of high quality education and training.

GRAUC remains a strong higher education liaison and is best positioned to

advocate for our public higher education institutions with the Rochester and

southeast Minnesota legislative delegation.

GRAUC is ready to continue our legacy of impact. Our workhas never been

more important.

Focus Areas in 2016

GRAUC’s Historic Highlights


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