April Showers!

April Showers!

Happy April – the month in higher education that exemplifies “march madness”, even though it is April. We are in the home stretch, getting closer to commencement. I am so fortunate that my colleagues have the march toward commencement expertly managed so I am thinking about fall 2017, and beyond. Thinking 6-24 months ahead is the gift of a strategic/futuristic (Strengths ™). There are a lot of potential opportunities headed WSU’s way in Rochester! The population is growing, including our alumni base, and the workforce needs are on the edge of urgent. Several industries would argue the on the “edge” imagery and say we are already in need of skilled individuals in a wide range of roles in Rochester. We have community need, we have opportunities for higher education, and we have potential partnership expansion.

Community & Individual Needs

Frontline professionals are needed in a broad range of industries in southern Minnesota and Rochester. Further, the small businesses that support the larger businesses are looking for adaptable professionals that have high level application skills. Professional roles that require additional education and focused specialization are being sought by local employers. Everyone wants individuals that engage in their work professionally. A broad range of need and honestly, it is overwhelming to consider the shortage and how to fill the multi-skill level employee needs in our local region.

I believe valuing every individual and their role is essential to attracting and maintaining employees. Valuing individual contributions, valuing their strengths, valuing their future and valuing ways to support growth. Supporting people and their growth may mean they will choose to move up or out of your business – it will also translate into better service while they are with your business.

WSU Rochester Opportunities & Planning

WSU Rochester has been serving Rochester and delivering high quality professionals for over 100 years. We do immersion programming, some examples: teacher education happens in the schools, nursing and social work education happens in the community and healthcare facilities. As WSU engages with community members to address local needs to empower individuals to achieve their career goals, you can assume that immersion education will be central. The best way to stay connected with our community partners is to be industry relevant while helping individuals realize their career dreams.

Below is a list of the current and future plans for WSU Rochester. There are so many opportunities in Rochester and April is the perfect time to consider the nurturing growth for another season, and nurturing the growth of individuals to support our growing community.


To date, WSU provides pathways to baccalaureate degrees through:

  • Path to Purple
    • Teacher Education
    • Nursing
    • Public Health (using BroadField Science)
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Business
    • Human Resource Management
  • Specific Articulations
    • Art (will be replaced by transfer pathway)
    • Explore program pathways for Sports Management/Athletic Training/Exercise Science and Coaching and Physical Education
  • Transfer Pathways. Completion programs offered at RCTC and in Winona
    • Computer Science
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Accounting
    • Elementary Education
    • Art
  • Transfer Pathways. Completion programs currently offered only in Winona
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Criminal Justice/Police
    • Economics
    • Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Psychology

Planned programs for the next two years

  • Accounting minor– hybrid projecting 15-25 students per semester
  • Entrepreneurship minor-primarily online projecting 25-30 per semester.
  • Child Advocacy Studies primarily online minorprojecting 30-35 students per semester
  • Early childhood licensure– hybrid projecting 15-22 students per semester
  • Leadership institutes (continuing ed or non-credit)
  • Exploring Data science completion

Graduate Programs offered through WSU Rochester

  • DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Masters in Nursing and certificates
  • Education Masters programs and certificates
  • Multicultural Education certificate
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate

Potential Future Graduate Programs

  • Master of Social Work projecting 30-40 students per semester
  • Masters in Accounting projecting 30-40 students per semester
  • Doctorate with specialties/emphases projecting 25-30 students per semester
  • 2017 fall Psych/MH Nurse Practitioner certificate projecting 18-22 students per semester


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