Posted: October 4, 2000
Contact: Doug Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-201-1426
The connection between career seekers, educators and employers improved today in Minnesota as the leaders of state agencies and higher education signed an agreement at St. Paul's University Club to formalize their roles in an organization to promote education and employment via the Internet.
"This Joint Powers Agreement highlights the collaboration and commitment needed to meet the goal of providing access for Minnesota's citizens to all the information they need to grow their careers - and ultimately grow our workforce" said Governor Jesse Ventura.
A Joint Powers Agreement is a charter between two or more governmental units, similar to articles of incorporation, which permits them to formalize an operation that pools resources to achieve business goals. The signed Joint Powers Agreement will formalize the existence of ISEEK solutions - a holding organization that currently develops and markets sites that includes the Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge (http://www.iseek.org) the Minnesota Virtual University (http://www.mnvu.org) and the Career Resource System (http://crs.iseek.org) web sites.
ISEEK, MNVU and CRS - the web sites run by ISEEK solutions are funded by an allocation from the Minnesota State Legislature and contributions by partners.
The organization is one of the central pieces to the Governor's Workforce Development Plan. The Joint Powers Agreement will govern the Board of the new organization and the full time staff that manages the business development, marketing, technology and operations of the web properties.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.