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CLC is a partner in $3 million grant to train manufacturing technicians

CLC and Center of Excellence partners receive $3 million grant

Goal: Highly trained manufacturing technicians.

Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd and Staples, is a partner in a regional center of excellence receiving nearly $3 million to educate and train manufacturing technicians.

The National Science Foundation is awarding a grant to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence. Since the creation of the Center in 2005, Central Lakes College has been a partnering institution in the 10-school consortium. Business, industry, and higher education leaders were behind the concept to combine resources of strong programs at each of the institutions.

“This grant will help us advance our goal of increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of manufacturing technicians,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, in a news release. “Employers from across the state tell us they are concerned about the shortage of skilled technicians. Meeting this need for highly-skilled workers is vital to keeping Minnesota manufacturers competitive in the global marketplace.”

With the four-year grant, the Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence will:

➤ Work with K-12 schools to encourage more high school students to pursue manufacturing careers and prepare for rigorous manufacturing technician programs;

➤ Refine industry-driven curricula so it better serves today’s manufacturing industry and anticipates future needs; and

➤ Assess student learning to drive ongoing program improvement and provide evidence of student achievement.

The MnSCU Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Advanced Technological Education Regional Center of Excellence is a partnership of 10 institutions led by Bemidji State University. Partner institutions include CLC, Lake Superior College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Technical College, Riverland Community College, Saint Paul College, and St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

For information about the grant or the center, contact Karen White, center director, at (218) 755-2208.

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