Central Lakes College on Friday, Feb. 3 hosted a press conference featuring two state legislators with a jobs plan for Minnesota and an update on educational partnerships focused on job creation and employability. Reps. John Ward (shown) and Tim Mahoney described measures they hope will increase employment for thousands of Minnesotans, including the Brainerd area, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state (13.3%). “Getting Minnesota back to work is our top priority,” said Rep. Ward, Brainerd. He and Rep. Mahoney outlined initiatives the DFL legislators believe will create more good jobs and improve workforce development and training. The CLC review of efforts that coincide with economic stability included updates on the College in Schools program, Post-Secondary Enrollment Option, and other partnerships with K-12. Speakers included President Larry Lundblad, Deans Kelly McCalla (Liberal Arts) and Rebecca Best (Workforce Development), Diversity Director Mary Sam, SBDC Director Greg Bergman, and Secondary Relations Director Betsy Picciano, as well as ISD 181 Supt. Steve Razidlo.