Globe University and Minnesota School of Business Partner with J&B Group to Retain and Develop Skilled Employees

MINNEAPOLIS (April 13, 2015) – According to a research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, more than one half (56 percent) of organizations indicated that professional and career development will become more important when recruiting highly skilled employees in the next three to five years. Employees are more likely to feel engaged in their jobs when they feel that their employer is invested in growing their careers.

J&B Group, the producer of No Name Steaks® and Midwest Pride® products, is one of those organizations that wants to invest in its associates. To meet this need, Globe University and Minnesota School of Business (Globe and MSB) has developed The J&B Group Cooperative Training program, which will provide J&B with the training and education necessary to retain and develop current and future J&B associates. Through a combination of academic and on-the-job learning, the J&B Cooperative Training program will develop exceptional associates who are committed and equipped with the necessary hands-on skills needed to help positively impact J&B business goals and objectives.

“Through the J&B Group Cooperative Training program, we will not only provide J&B employees with professional development and business skills, but also the opportunity to continue their education with us so that they can successfully grow in their careers,” says Jeff Myhre, CEO of Globe University and Minnesota School of Business.

The J&B Cooperative Training program includes a suite of college-level and professional development training programs, as well as cooperative training certificates, tailored to help grow the skills of J&B associates. Employees also have the opportunity to further their education and advance their skills by enrolling in an Advanced Certificate Track, designed to provide a deeper understanding of the core areas of business, including business administration, operations and marketing. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to the Globe and MSB associate or bachelor’s business administration degree programs. Employees enrolled in the program will receive a cooperative training scholarship and additional funds to be put toward tuition.

J&B Group, founded in 1979 as J&B Wholesale Distributing, Inc., has served an ever expanding variety of retail and foodservice customers. The company is headquartered in St. Michael, Minn., and currently employs more than 650 associates and offers a combination of wholesaling, branded products, custom food service cutting, cold storage, and transportation of a variety of meat, poultry, and deli food products.

“Our partnership with Globe University and Minnesota School of Business aligns with the business goals of J&B Group,” says Amy Valek, learning and development specialist for J&B Group. “It will further develop our associates’ skills in the areas of management, leadership and working in cross-generational teams, as well as help them achieve their own career goals.”

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Globe University and Minnesota School of Business are part of a collaborative body of career colleges, universities and training centers. The schools prepare students for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand professions. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world learning. All academic programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). For more information, visit