School Spotlight – Alexandria Technical & Community College

Alexandria Technical & Community College offers over 50 degree and certificate programs. Among them are four programs related to Manufacturing.  Students have the option of joining the workforce after they complete a program or transferring into a bachelor’s degree program and another institution, like the Bemidji State University Engineering Technology program. Check out the transfer… Read more

Manufacturing Association – MPMA

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) was founded in 1955 by some key players in local manufacturing. They changed their name a couple of times over their 65-year history but have always been a united community of manufacturers gathering to promote and strengthen the industry. Their primary focus is on workforce development and creating a… Read more

Industry Highlight – Pequot Tool & Manufacturing

What started in a garage in 1981 by Joseph Goerges, Pequot Tool & Manufacturing has steadily grown over the years to employ about 185 people now. There are three generations of Goerges’ working there now. They are a precision job shop with a diverse clientele of businesses involved in many aspects of precision manufacturing. The… Read more

Request Materials to promote Manufacturing

We have decided that today and every day is a great day to promote exciting careers in manufacturing! We have so many resources from teacher guides all the way to scholarship opportunities to support teachers and students to learn more about how they can succeed with a career in manufacturing. To find out more about… Read more

MPMA Education Foundation offers Scholarships

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association Education Foundation is offering $2,000 scholarships for students considering a career in manufacturing or employees in the manufacturing industry. Last year, $15,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to 21 students enrolled in manufacturing programs at Alexandria Technical & Community College, Bemidji State University, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College, North… Read more

Making it Easier for Students to Transfer into a Four-Year Degree

On October 2, 2019, Bemidji State University signed an agreement with Pine Technical and Community College to make it easier for students in manufacturing programs to transfer credits in order to earn a four-year degree in BSU’s School of Technology, Art & Design. Students can enroll in programs including Applied Engineering, Applied Management, Engineering Technology,… Read more

9th Annual Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

9th Annual Statewide Tour of Manufacturing During the ninth annual Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing, 190+ manufacturing businesses opened their doors to students, families, and the general public. Participants were able to see the inner workings of a manufacturing facility, meet the people who work there, gain insight into the skills,… Read more

Educators Earn Manufacturing Industry Certifications

Through its collaboration with Pine Technical and Community College, the Center is offering four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) training sessions to secondary school teachers and college instructors. Of the two sessions held so far, there has been a 100% pass rate for all attendees to earn national industry credentials. Ten instructors earned the MSSC… Read more

eTECH Spring Courses

Spring courses for the 360 eTECH Program are open for registration!  Need to develop the workplace “soft skills” demanded by employers?  Then enroll in the Career Success Skills course that focuses on skills such as conflict resolution, critical thinking, and problem-solving.   There are welding specific courses, as well as MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standards Council) aligned… Read more

“She Made It”

The Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence developed a branding campaign, “She Made It”, to recruit females into manufacturing careers through outreach materials, such as giveaways, banners, manufacturing career information, and videos targeting females to pursue a career in manufacturing.  Career videos were developed highlighting young women that love their jobs and are doing well in… Read more