360 awards youth outreach funding to partner institutions for K-12 outreach

Bemidji, MN—360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence is pleased to announce it awarded $149,872 to its partner colleges for 19 different events designed to cultivate youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as introduce them to related careers in modern manufacturing. These events started this winter and will continue… Read more

360 eTECH program helping manufacturers train employees

Bemidji, MN–360 eTECH, a program of 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence, provides online and hands-on manufacturing education. Students may take courses through any of the nine participating colleges across Minnesota. For the Fall 2016 semester, 360 eTECH had 62 students enrolled. One of the ways 360 eTECH reached so many individuals is by… Read more

Jeremy Leffelman named executive director of 360

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… Read more

Jaimee Meyer returns to lead Dream It. Do It. MN

Jaimee Meyer has been hired as the Executive Director to lead the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota program, part of a national manufacturing career recruitment strategy, led by 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence. She will be working with Minnesota’s statewide manufacturing associations, industry members, and other stakeholders on the advancement of manufacturing careers within the… Read more

Minnesota Hosts 6th Annual Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

During the sixth annual Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing, 105 manufacturing businesses opened their doors to students, families, and the general public. Participants were able to see the inner workings of manufacturing factory, meet the people who work there, gain insight into the skills, education and training necessary for a career… Read more

Dream It. Do It. MN Teacher Guide used nationally

Bemidji, MN—Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, led by 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence, is pleased to share that The Manufacturing Institute has released an Educator Guide based on the Minnesota Teacher Guide. This new resource is part of the national Dream It. Do It. program, providing lesson plans, fact sheets, and student activities to introduce… Read more

360 partner colleges teach youth about manufacturing careers

The mission of 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence is to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of talent available for Minnesota Manufacturing businesses. One of the ways 360 carries out this mission is fund youth outreach events at our partner colleges to: Improve the perception of modern manufacturing. Interest students in modern manufacturing careers. Highlight… Read more

360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence receives NSF grant

Bemidji, MN—360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence, led by Bemidji State University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Regional Center award for $2.55 million. This grant will support efforts to increase graduates in advanced manufacturing programs at 360 partner colleges through 2019. 360 will work closely with college partners, industry stakeholders… Read more

First three 360 eTECH high school students graduate from Lake Superior College

The 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence has the pleasure of saluting its first three graduates from Cook County High School enrolled in the 360 eTECH program. These three students began their college journey in Fall 2014, taking both foundational manufacturing education courses and specialized welding courses. They graduated Spring 2016 from Cook County High School… Read more

First “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest held

Teenagers from several high schools in the west central area of Minnesota recently participated in a video contest with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Partnering with a company in their area, eight student teams from Detroit Lakes High School and Henning Public Schools produced a short video about careers in manufacturing. Members of… Read more