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U.S. Senator Al Franken (left) was at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) on August 28 listening to partnership success stories from a group representing local manufacturing companies, health care, business and education. Lynette Kluever (right)of Alexandria Industries explained the value of working with ATCC to train and advance their workers. Jan Doebbert (center) of ATCC explained that the school continues to partner with local industries. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Franken using Alexandria as model for filling U.S. worker 'skills gap'

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U.S. Senator Al Franken was in Alexandria Wednesday to talk about legislation that will promote partnerships between businesses and community colleges to address a "skills gap" in the country.

However, the senator did more listening than touting during his visit.

"I brag about Alexandria all the time and use you as an example of what a partnership between industry and a community college can do in terms of jobs and economic development," Franken said.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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