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Filling Jobs Today, Preparing for Tomorrow

Workforce development is an important issue for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Ensuring that area employers have access to qualified, talented, and motivated employees is crucial and will ensure that our region remains competitive and continues to experience economic growth. The Chamber takes a two-pronged approach to workforce development: short-term strategies and long-term strategies. See below for more information on both approaches, including tools, information, and resources.

STEAM Summit

A cornerstone workforce development program of the Rochester Area Chamber is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/design, & Mathematics) Summit. This long-running summit draws more than 1,800 middle- and high-school students from schools across Southeast Minnesota to engage with employers representing 50+ various industries and sectors. The goal of this event is to connect employers with students to demonstrate - through hands-on, interactive exhibits - career opportunities and skill pathways. Interested in exhibiting or bringing your students? Call (507) 288-1122 for more information.

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