Heard on the Street: New workforce center opening set

The Rochester WorkForce Centergrand opening and ribbon cutting will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 16, at Rochester Community and Technical College's Heintz Center.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Siebenand RCTC President Leslie McClellonwill speak at noon.

A tour of the facility and a question and answer with RCTC officials will follow at 1 p.m.

"The new Rochester Workforce Center building, located on the campus of Rochester Community and Technical College, is the culmination of many years of determined work," said Sieben. "With this new facility, the critical forces are aligned to ensure targeted skills development to meet business needs in the southeastern region."

Minnesota Workforce Centers help job seekers find employment, businesses find workers and others explore and plan careers.


The 22,800-square-foot addition at the Heintz Center includes a new east building entrance, administrative offices and a connection to the Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy district steam system, improving energy efficiency by utilizing a renewal energy resource, according to RCTC officials.

Organizers say the project locates the programs and service delivery of the Workforce Center and RCTC under one roof to utilize training and education.

The project is being paid for through $8.7 million in state dollars.

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