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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

FIFTY-FIFTH MEETING - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

March 11, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTY-FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION


HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND
FINANCE DIVISION

MEETING JOINTLY WITH

SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET AND POLICY DIVISION


MINUTES



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair of the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division, and Senator Sandy Pappas, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 12:40 P.M. on Tuesday,
March 11, 2008, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division:

Members present:

Rukavina, Tom, Chair
Poppe, Jeanne, Vice-Chair
Atkins, Joe
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Clark, Karen
Dettmer, Bob
Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Murphy, Mary

Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Division:

Members present:

Pappas, Sandy, Chair
Sheran, Kathy, Vice Chair
Koering, Paul
Latz, Ron
Lynch, Ann
Michel, Geoff
Senjem, David
Robling, Claire
Tomassoni, David, Chair
Wiger, Charles


Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division and
Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
March 11, 2008
Page Two



Members excused:

Clark, Tarryl
Cohen, Richard

Co-Chairs Rukavina greeted everyone attending the hearing, and welcomed Steve Claypatch, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, to come forward and give his testimony regarding concerns for the number of unemployed electricians and the additional electricians being trained by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Steve Claypatch, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the number of unemployed electricians and the numbers of electricians being trained by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU).

Bruce Peterson, Electrical Contractor, Hutch Electric, Hutchinson, Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the number of electricians looking for work, the surplus of workers in the electrician field, the need for students to look at their career choices, and schools' need to look at the appropriateness of the programs they are offering.

Steve Claypatch provided further testimony regarding the use of federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the need for schools to consider the cycles of labor.

Discussion and questions followed.

Linda Baer, Senior Vice Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding electrical programs in the MnSCU system.

Manuel Lopez, Associate Vice Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding enrollment in electrical programs in the MnSCU system.

Discussion and questions followed.

Co-Chair Rukavina made further comments. Co-Chair Pappas made further comments.

Discussion and questions followed.

Linda Baer, Senior Vice Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, introduced herself again and introduced Dr. Mark Milliron and his presentation regarding trends and movement in higher education.

Co-Chairs Rukavina and Pappas welcomed Dr. Milliron to the hearing and invited him to begin his presentation.

Dr. Mark Milliron introduced himself and presented information regarding trends and movement in higher education, and walked through a Powerpoint presentation.

Discussion and questions followed.

Co-Chair Rukavina thanked Dr. Milliron for his presentation.

Co-Chair Pappas requested a copy of his presentation for all members and a list of his book recommendations for future reference.

Dr. Milliron provided his web address as a contact: www.markmilliron.com.

Further discussion and questions followed.


Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division and
Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
March 11, 2008
Page Three



The Co-Chairs thanked everyone for attending the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:05 P.M.


Representative Tom Rukavina, Co-Chair


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Senator Sandy Pappas, Co-Chair


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Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Discussion of concerns about the number of unemployed electricians and the additional electricians being trained by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Presentation by Dr. Mark David Milliron, best known for exploring leadership development and the human side of technology change.

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