New members join Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board
Akason, Halvorson, Bassett appointed Sept. 6
New appointees Joel Akason, Ashley Halvorson, and Ronnie Bassett will represent the private sector on the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board, which oversees employment and training programs in Dakota and Scott Counties. It is a state leader in developing innovative programs administered through CareerForce locations in Burnsville, Shakopee, and West St. Paul.
Akason is the director of business development at Kraus Anderson, where he develops new business markets and identifies partnership opportunities for the business units. He is active in various trade associations and works to promote careers in the trades.
Halvorson is a human resources business partner at Thomson Reuters, where she supports strategic human resource processes for all employees in the global print, government and TR Institute organizations. Halvorson’s work history includes positions at Lumen Technologies, Honeywell and Pepsi.
Bassett is president and owner of Cal-Tex Electric, Inc. in Prior Lake, where he oversees the growth and direction of the company, including approving business relationships with new contractors, securing loans and financing, purchasing, bidding projects, and providing direction to the company’s field committees and Sioux Falls management team. Bassett started Cal-Tex in 2005.