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Minnesota Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The mission of Minnesota CRN, MCRN, is to provide valued policy, services, and resources to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals in lifelong learning, career development and business growth. MCRN provides policy and services that serve the career planning, education, employment and employer marketplaces. Minnesota’s solutions are developed through four core competencies: 1) education and workforce development policy solutions; 2) career and employment planning services; 3) education and e-learning services; and 4) employer resource services.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Across all industries in Minnesota, the most significant sources of job growth in 2004 were educational and health, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. Major industries (by employment) include agriculture, trade, transportation & utilities, government and manufacturing. Computers and electronics dominate the export industries, followed by machinery and medical devices. Growth in high technology occupations has exceeded the national average. Updated employment data are available at For additional labor market information, please visit:;=lmi1&id;=11&nodeid;=13&soccode;=.
The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.1%, as compared to 3.9% in June 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Health Services
• Government
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• ISEEK, the Internet System of Education and Employment Knowledge, is an innovative Web site helping people make informed choices about careers, education, jobs, and business.

• MCRN provides support for career product developers, including information dissemination, planning, coordination, joint marketing, electronic tools (surveys, databases) development, content development, and customer feedback. MnCareers is an annual career exploration publication for career explorers. Web site resources include the MnCareers Parent Guide with Minnesota-specific activities, a facilitator’s guide, and labor market information.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Minnesota has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Advisory Panels
• Career Day
• Career Fairs
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Conference Presentations
• Help Line
• National Career Information Activities
• Support for Career Product Developers
• Work-based Learning
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools98
Middle Schools 48
High Schools 428
Community Colleges 6
4-Year Colleges/Universities 4
Other 130

Primary Resources

Minnesota has published the following resources:
• Career Pursuit Poster and Guide
• Career Tabloids
• Electronic Newsletters
• MnCareers Facilitator’s Guide
• Career Development Portfolios
• MnCareers Parent Guide
• Online Resource Guides
• Real Game and Smart Options
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• Facilitating Career Development

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
• Minnesota Department of Education
• Saint Paul Public Schools
• iSeek Solutions
• Governor’s Workforce Development Council

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Marc Breton
Wells Fargo Place
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
30 East 7th Street, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 201-1511
Fax: (651) 296-0872
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Regional Contact Information