One of the most attractive aspects of Rochester for employers is the presence of several institutions of higher learning. These include Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) and Winona State University-Rochester (WSU-R), as well as 45 two- and four-year schools found within 90 minutes of the city. Private schools include Augsburg College, Cardinal Stritch University, the College of St. Scholastica, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Fortunately for Rochester’s business community, these institutions are highly collaborative, giving the community an economic edge. The “Collective Impact” model, championed by Dr. Jeanine Gangeness, associate vice president of WSU-R, opens channels for dialogue between the schools, local employers and the area workforce.