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Business briefs for Sept. 17

September 17, 2012
Marshall Independent

Ryan hired at SW/WC Service Cooperative

Kori Ryan has been hired as a coordinator of special education at the SW/WC Service Cooperative. Ryan will assist school district special education staff in meeting the many requirements of special education, including consulting with staff and parents, assisting with paperwork and planning and carrying out workshops to assist teachers in meeting the needs of their students. She will work in the following school districts: Canby, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Minneota, Lynd, Milroy, Wabasso and Red Rock Central. Ryan has worked as a special education teacher for 10 years and has a bachelor's degree in elementary education/special education and a master's degree in teaching, learning and leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Runnings Supply receives top honor from Carhartt

Carhartt has announced winners of its Hamilton Carhartt Retailer of Excellence award for its top-selling retail partners for 2011. Runnings Supply store of Marshall was one of four winners.

"We are pleased to present this prestigious award to Runnings Supply. They are an outstanding retailer and very deserving of this recognition," said Linda Hubbard, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Carhartt. "Our retailers are very important to us; they are on the front lines working with our customers on a daily basis, and we are fortunate to have very good retail partners."

Retailers are selected for exhibiting the highest mark of excellence in promoting the Carhartt brand through their sales, product positioning and store marketing to increase sales and awareness of the Carhartt brand.

Each year, the "Hammy" award is presented to top-performing retailers for the year prior.

Minnesota West receives leverage equipment funds

Minnesota West Community and Technical College will receive $74,779 in state equipment funds which will be dedicated to establishing a second 12-station mobile welding lab to expand the capacity for Minnesota West Community and Technical College to deliver specialized welding training. The mobile lab will help meet a pronounced need for welders and metal fabricators in southwestern Minnesota and will support students and incumbent workers in learning three types of welding and an improved ventilation system that meets proposed federal air quality standards for workers. The equipment includes a 53-foot semi van trailer, a fume extraction and heating/air conditioning system, and 12 MIG/TIG welders with accessories. The state funding was matched by both cash and in-kind contributions totaling $102,570 from the following private sector businesses throughout the southwest Minnesota region including: The Schwan Food Co., Marshall; Contractor of Choice, Marshall; Bibee Plumbing and Heating, Marshall; SMI and Hydraulics, Porter; and Jim Brewers Electric, Minneota.

Dawn Regnier, director of Minnesota West Customized Training Services said, "It is exciting to receive this level of support from the system office and the private sector businesses throughout our region. We appreciate the generosity of the businesses that partnered with Minnesota West to support this initiative. The level of funding expands our capacity to offer more welding training to students and assist our employers with their workforce development needs."

"Leveraged equipment funding is exactly the type of financial funding that will make southwest Minnesota thrive," said Minnesota West President Richard Shrubb. "Minnesota West has many faculty and staff to thank for this achievement, as well as assistance from MnSCU and the state of Minnesota."

The leverage equipment funding was a bill that was passed in May by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton that included a one-time appropriation to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for equipment for instructional programs that produce graduates with skills in high-demand occupations. To receive these funds, MnSCU colleges and universities were required to leverage the state dollars by securing matching cash or contributions from non-state sources such as local business, vendors or foundations.



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