Three colleges join 360

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College and Hennepin Technical College have been accepted into 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, a collaborative group of 13 colleges. Each college brings a unique perspective and unique programs to help further 360’ goals to enhance the pipeline that prepares students for manufacturing refining industry and refine industry-driving curriculum that is relevant today.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

“It’s a privilege to be selected as a new partner college with 360 and to be involved with the strategic initiatives of the regional center of excellence. We hope to bring in our experience with medical device manufacturing and help create some additional opportunities for students,” says Matthew Salo who manages the medical device manufacturing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Anoka-Ramsey, with campuses in Coon Rapids and Cambridge, Minnesota, has been recognized locally and nationally with successful programs that prepare students for careers in Minnesota’s medical device manufacturing industry. They deliver both credit and non-credit medical device manufacturing training as well as having a successful history of working with manufacturers through Minnesota Job Skills Grant Partnerships.

Century College

Brenda Lyseng, academic dean at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, shares, “We are excited to be members of 360 as we look to expand our offerings into the broader field of precision and additive manufacturing.” Century College offers many programs related to manufacturing, such as engineering CAD technology and welding. In addition, Century College has a FabLab which offers students the chance to design, fabricate and test models. The FabLab is also used to reach out to help youth learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

Century College is looking forward to collaborating with other colleges, developing curriculum, strengthening its programs and working with 360.

Hennepin Technical College

Hennepin Technical College, which has campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is also excited to join 360. “The 360 education partnership provides examples of strong leadership and effective teamwork in accomplishing goals. With the largest manufacturing curriculum in the state, HTC wants to be part of an effective team growing the manufacturing sector in Minnesota,” says Mike McGee, dean of manufacturing at Hennepin Technical College. “We are also looking forward to what we can bring to 360 as we have built a strong reputation as we reach over 1,000 manufacturing students through our innovative programming.”

Hennepin Technical College offers multi-discipline, skill-based courses where students use technology and machinery they will encounter in the workplace. There are 10 diploma or degree programs in manufacturing, along with 17 certificates.

“We are really excited to have these three colleges join 360,” says Karen White, executive director of 360. “They have a very high commitment to manufacturing education and will strengthen our ability to serve the education and workforce needs of this vital industry.”

With the addition of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College and Hennepin Technical College, 360 expands their presence to five members in the Twin Cities area. The consortium, led by Bemidji State University, has a total of 13 members from central, metro, northeast, northwest and southeast areas of Minnesota.