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Business Briefs for March 12

March 12, 2012
Marshall Independent

Stahl receives new special education leader award

Tammy Stahl, director of special education for SW/WC Service Cooperative, has been named the 2012 new special education leader by the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education. Stahl will be honored for her commitment to students with disabilities and their families, and her active involvement in professional and community affairs at a statewide recognition ceremony March 15 and 16 at the MASE/MASA Spring Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis South in Bloomington.

Stahl has been a special education director for two years, serving families and students with disabilities. Although relatively new to her administrative career, Stahl is considered a role model, contributing to the professional development and growth of others.

An active member of MASE, Stahl is seated on the MASE board of directors and has presented at MASE sponsored events. Stahl has been in the field of special education for over 12 years.

During those years, she has served as a teacher for students with moderate/severe cognitive disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders, as well as a consultant for severely multiply impaired students.

She is also an adjunct professor at Southwest Minnesota State University where she provides instruction to students pursuing the autism certificate. Stahl received a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., and her master's degree in special education from Southwest Minnesota State University.

She also has a sixth year certificate in administration from St. Cloud State University.

Marshall WFC offers national career readiness certificate

The Minnesota WorkForce Center in Marshall is now offering National Career Readiness Certificates, which help job seekers verify they have essential-work related skills and knowledge, and employers connect with qualified job applicants.

To earn the certificates, individuals must pass assessments in basic reading, applied mathematics, and interpretation of charts, maps and spreadsheets. Individuals can be awarded four levels of certification, with the highest level qualifying them for the widest range of jobs.

The credential, issued by ACT and adopted in more than 40 states, is available for every industry and occupation, from management to entry-level jobs.

"We expect individuals with the National Career Readiness Certificate will have a competitive advantage during the hiring process," said Denise Myhrberg, business services specialist at the WorkForce Center in Marshall.

The NCRC initiative has been adopted in response to a skills gap, especially among manufacturers. "Employers tell us the problem isn't finding enough job applicants," said Myhrberg. "It's finding qualified applicants."

Employers who give preference to job applicants with the Certificate can more easily find workers with the skill sets they need," she said. "That streamlines the hiring process, saving them time and money."

Hiring job applicants with the credential can also lead to reduced turnover, increased productivity and return on investment.

For more information, employers can contact Myhrberg at the Marshall WorkForce Center at, 507-537-6236 or Individuals interested in pursuing this credential should contact the WorkForce Center at 507-537-6236.

The program in Marshall is administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, a partner of the Minnesota WorkForce Center in Marshall.



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