BSU and NTC to offer noncredit classes to help area employers

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are joining Advanced Minnesota, a regional consortium of college customized training providers, to reinvigorate their education programs and support northern Minnesota employers.

As members of the consortium, which also includes five Minnesota State two-year colleges in the Northeast Higher Education District, BSU and NTC will develop a shared catalog of non-credit courses and training opportunities for business and industry partners.

“We are excited about the capacity and sustainable model that Advanced Minnesota brings to our region,” BSU and NTC President Faith C. Hensrud said.

“I know Advanced Minnesota is also really pleased about the potential this partnership provides as BSU and NTC faculty and staff, have significant professional credentials to help meet the incumbent workforce needs of business and industry.”

“Our colleges and universities are uniting our efforts to better serve the Bemidji area and the greater Northern Minnesota region,” Trent Janezich, executive director of Advanced Minnesota, said.

“The outcome of that will be increased efficiency and more importantly, increased capacity in our offerings to business and industry. At the end of the day, our model is to talk to businesses about their incumbent workforce training needs and develop programming to meet their needs.”

Local business partners include Potlatch Deltic, MnDOT and Beltrami County.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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