Continuing Education & Customized Training Staff
Calli Ekblad, Director of Business Relations, Red Wing
Calli has over 34 years of experience in the Continuing
Education and Workforce Training department at Minnesota State College Southeast She works with individuals and businesses alike in setting up
continuing education classes that individuals need for upgrading, retraining, or
a new position. Calli also serves as our grant coordinator and has
secured over 46 grants working with local businesses to help train employees in
areas that are essential in keeping the company moving forward. She is
based on the Red Wing campus.
Calli completed her degree from Riverland in Supervisory
Management and Quality. She has served as the co-chair of the
Southeast Minnesota Training Consortium in the health care cluster for two
years and was active as the leader in 4-H for over 13 years. She and her
husband, Grant, have two kids and four grandchildren and enjoy spending time
Katie Hardyman, Director of Business Relations, Red Wing
Katie is a Red Wing native with over 25 years of sales and
marketing experience. She is based on the Red Wing campus where her main
responsibility is working with area employers to develop customized training
and consulting solutions for their workforce. Community outreach is also
an important part of her duties, working closely with the Red Wing Area
Manufactures Association, Hiawatha Valley Society for Human Resource Management, and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce.
Graduating with honors, Katie received a B.S. in
Business-Risk Management from St. Cloud State University. She is a proud
supporter of Red Wing Athletics and is the past president of the Red Wing
Booster Club. She and her husband, Doug, have two boys, both of whom are
taking classes in the Minnesota State system!
Jennifer Olson, Director of Continuing Education and Customized
Jen is currently serving the greater Winona area as the director of both Continuing Education and Customized Training. As a graduate of
the University of Wisconsin-Stout and previously serving as the Community
Relations Manager at Winona Health, Jen is excited to work in the field of
education and help local businesses develop training solution to strengthen
both the workforce and community. Jen enjoys working on house projects and
spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters.