Bemidji, MN—Jeremy Leffelman has been named the new executive director for 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence. Leffelman will direct 360’s operations and activities, including developing programs and resources to support advanced manufacturers’ needs.
Leffelman brings knowledge of higher education and modern manufacturing to the role. He previously served as an assistant director for 360. In this role, he led 360 eTECH, a consortium-based online and hands-on manufacturing education program, working closely with participating colleges and high school partners to provide technical education to incumbent workers and high school students.
He has over 13 years of experience in advanced manufacturing, holding various engineering and leadership positions. Leffelman started his career at Jennie-O Turkey Store as an Industrial Engineer, held several positions at TEAM Industries in engineering and continuous improvement, and was Chief Operations Officer at Peragon Enterprises before coming to 360.
Leffelman graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology (emphasis manufacturing management). He more recently completed a Master of Business Administration degree through Bemidji State University.
“Jeremy brings knowledge and experience in advanced manufacturing to 360,” says Bonnie Higgins, dean of the College of Business. “We are confident he will continue to lead 360’s successful programs that serve manufacturers both in Minnesota and the greater region.”
About 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence
360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence is a consortium of 15 institutions led by Bemidji State University and includes 14 technical and community colleges. 360 is designing a 21st century education system that prepares individuals to have rewarding careers in manufacturing and meets the dynamic, evolving needs of the region’s manufacturing employers through an enhanced pipeline, industry-driven curriculum and authentic assessment. 360 is a member of the Minnesota State colleges and universities system and received National Science Foundation grants in 2012 and 2016 to be an Advanced Technological Education Regional Center.