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Jan Bauer to Lead Continuing Education

Illinois educator and small business development leader selected for Minnesota State Mankato position.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-26-2013

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato has chosen a small business development leader from Illinois to head its Continuing Education program.

Jan Bauer (pictured at left), currently at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., has been named Minnesota State Mankato’s director of continuing education, effective July 1. She was chosen from a large pool of candidates following a national search, according to Robert Hoffman, vice president of strategic business, education and regional partnerships.

At the College of Lake County, she served as director of the Small Business Development and International Trade Center after earlier serving as a director of training, an executive director of a Chamber of Commerce, and as an owner/executive of a family business. 

“Jan’s experience and skills in professional development, leadership and marketing communications provided an excellent fit for the position of director of continuing education in our division,” Hoffman said.

Continuing education at Minnesota State Mankato provides a wide range of workshops, seminars, and short courses to help working professionals better serve their customers and clients. Among its ongoing programs are Forensics and Corrections Training, Crime Scene Recovery, Education, Family Mediation, Financial Planning Certification, Healthcare, Retirement Planning, Historic Preservation, and Social Work, including supervision and school social work.

In addition, Continuing Education has a growing professional development and training program designed to meet the needs of individual businesses. Training is customized to fit a particular business or industry, and programs are designed to "fit" the needs and timelines of particular businesses and/or a group of businesses. Whether it be leadership training or some other pertinent skill, the development of these certificate based programs are rapidly becoming the focus of the Continuing Educational Department.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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