Resource Training & Solutions started in 1976 as a small two-person office in south St. Cloud known as the Central Minnesota ECSU (Educational Cooperative Service Unit). The organization was formed through legislation to serve Pre K-12 Education (M.S. 123 A.21).
In 1985, the Board of Directors hired Dr. Robert C. Cavanna as the organizations first full-time Executive Director. Hired to build the organization into a viable and successful one, Cavanna worked on hiring quality people who emphasized customer service and made a commitment to provide members with high-quality, innovative programs and services that meet their needs.
Taking an entrepreneurial approach, Dr. Cavanna saw the need in 1989 to establish a discounted health insurance pool for school districts. It has grown to be the second largest health pooled plan in the state serving 9,000 employees from over 40 organizations in Central Minnesota. During this time other programs grew such as Health and Safety, Academic Enrichment and Parenting.
In 1996 seeing a need again, another insurance pool was formed for cities, counties and other governmental agencies, now serving 6,157 employees and their families.
Under the leadership of Dr. Cavanna, the Central Minnesota ECSU experienced tremendous growth and greater community outreach. As a result, the organization changed its name in 2000 from the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative to Resource Training & Solutions to more accurately reflect what the organization does for its member organizations.
The new name, along with the mission, relationship building, and demonstrating the benefits of collaboration, were among Cavanna's major objectives in growing the organization to meet the needs of the members and the community.
In the fall of 2014 we moved our offices to a new building off highway 15 in Sartell. This new state-of-the-art facility is an ideal setting for meetings, training or retreats. It’s equipped to handle groups of many sizes.
In 2015 we welcomed Mark Schmitz as the 2nd
Executive Director in our company’s history. Mark comes to us with experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent.
Today Resource has become a widely respected service provider to school districts, cities, counties, governmental agencies and nonprofits as well as the communities in Central Minnesota. Resource is truly an inventive organization. Our trademarks are creativity and entrepreneurship. We want to exceed your expectations in all we do and enrich each one of you, one person at a time.