Gov Walz Signs Executive Order to Base State Government Hiring on Experience & Skills Rather Than College Degree Requirements

On Monday, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order eliminating college degree requirements for over 75% of state government jobs.  The executive order will open job opportunities for more people and make it easier for people in Minnesota to choose state service.  Throughout his time in office, the Governor has advocated for funding for alternatives to college, including expanded job training and workforce development, recognizing that not all Minnesotans need a four year degree to succeed.

Governor Walz said, “By removing these requirements, we’re expanding opportunities for people to enter the workforce, choose state service and build a good paying, family sustaining career.”

The executive order aims to build, develop and maintain Minnesota’s workforce by updating hiring guidance to emphasize skills and work experience, helping existing employees develop long term career paths through individual development plans and career training and include working titles in job postings to improve state job searches.

Minnesota’s labor force has grown for seven straight months, adding more than 1,500 workers in September alone.