Northland Community and Technical College’s Workforce Development Solutions, formerly known as the Center for Outreach and Innovation, has been reinvented to meet the needs of the region, according to a news release.

To better serve its constituents, Northland’s Workforce Development Solutions has established a consortium with other Minnesota State colleges to broaden the expertise and instructors available to the Workforce Development Solutions. Currently, the center provides professional training, certification and continuing education courses for more than 3,000 students annually. Additionally, they partner with businesses in Minnesota and North Dakota to develop customized training curricula to aid workforce advancement.

“To expand our capacity, Northland has partnered with northwest Minnesota regional colleges to share resources and instructors,” shares Director of Workforce Development Kirsten Michalke, in the news release. “Primarily, this provides greater access to customized, instructional expertise for our industry partners when we develop classes for their employees.”

Workforce Development Solutions partners include Central Lakes College, Minnesota State Community & Technical Colleges in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Wadena and Alexandra Community & Technical College.

Along with a new name, Workforce Development Solutions, has launched a new website and developed some original courses for the new year, some that are set to begin starting in January. The modern website will be the hub for class listings and course registration. This site is the go-to resource for individuals and businesses to seek workforce training solutions.

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“We are excited to launch some new classes in 2021. For example, we have an on-demand online CAD course that is supplemented with personal instruction by Northland faculty. Individuals can register when most convenient for them and have access to materials and an instructor,” explains Michalke. “In addition, we are launching an interactive Leadership Zoom series for individuals working from their home or office in February. These leadership sessions will be engaging and provide applicable skills to use in your place of work and in your life.”

Individuals or businesses interested in exploring Northland’s Workforce Development Solutions training options should visit northlandcollege.edu/wds for full details on services and courses offered.