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Governor Tim Walz's latest executive order allows some in-person training, testing to help fill workplace shortages

Gov. Tim Walz signed the oder on Monday.

Students in critical care sectors will be allowed to attend classes for needed in-person training or testing in order to graduate, according to an executive order Gov. Tim Walz signed on Monday. 

Executive Order 20-52 aims to help fill workforce shortages by "accelerating entry into critical sectors for up to 1,000 students that will serve Minnesota's most vulnerable populations," a news release says. 

For example, at Pine Technical Community College, there are more than 30 students in the certified nursing assistant program who, after taking an in-person exam to get their degree, will be able to care for patients in long-term care facilities. 

“We are committed to providing high-quality care for Minnesota’s most vulnerable communities,” said Gov. Walz in a statement. “This executive order will help fill workforce shortages in critical sectors across Minnesota by creating a path for additional trained, licensed employees in sectors that are critical to protecting Minnesotans’ health, safety, and well-being.”

The institutions that will open instruction to students are required to have plans in place for proper hygiene and social distancing standards before beginning on-site programming. All other classes and instruction will continue through distance learning. 

The order is effective immediately once it's approved by the Minnesota Executive Council.

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