Gail has been with Advanced Minnesota and Minnesota State since 2003. As the Operations Manager for the past three years, she previously held a position as a Customized Training Representative working in Healthcare, Safety & Health and Process Improvement.
Gail graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. She spent the majority of her career working in Healthcare, before joining the Minnesota State system. Working for the colleges, she attained her Six Sigma Green Belt Certification in 2006 from the University of St. Thomas; a Black Belt Certification in 2013 from ASQ and is currently working on her Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma from HSU of the Robert W. Galvin Institute.
She also spends time as the Vice President of Minnesota Federated Humane Societies, volunteering as a State Humane Agent in addition to providing animal rescue services and resources for local communities.
Gail’s mission is to be sure Advanced Minnesota doesn’t remain ‘the best kept secret’ for providing Workforce Training Solutions.
Mary McCauley Brandt is a Customized Training Representative for Advanced Minnesota for the Northeast Higher Education District (Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion colleges) serving area businesses in manufacturing and mining industry’s training needs for nearly 27 years. As a CTR she assists businesses develop, train and recertify their skilled workforce for the ever-changing global market.
Areas of expertise include: Technical apprenticeship/trainee programs (Auto/Diesel, Electrical, Instrumentation, Machinist, Maintenance Mechanic and Welding), EPA 608 and EPA 609 certifications, AWS welding training and certification, National Electric Code Updates and NEC 70E safety training. A skilled grant writer, she has successfully obtained dozens of training grants enabling businesses to obtain additional training while maintaining their training budget.
Mary enjoys helping individuals and companies attain both personal and professional growth to aid in a healthy and vibrant community.