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
Focus Areas in 2016
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