3,000+ students and numerous manufacturers will benefit

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced today the recipients of its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, with South Central College receiving $15 million for advanced manufacturing education. South Central College applied for the grant in July on behalf of the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) consortium of 12 colleges and a Center of Excellence:

  • South Central College (lead college)
  • Century College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
  • Northland Community & Technical College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence (Bemidji State University)

“A TAACCCT grant once again being awarded to our state community and technical colleges affirms the critical role our campuses play in preparing graduates to meet Minnesota’s workforce needs,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “This is what we do for communities and employers across the state. We’re able to leverage the power of a network of 31 colleges and universities to provide more education to more Minnesotans.”

The MNAMP consortium was created to help close the “skills gap” in the state by implementing a structure for advanced manufacturing education that emphasizes a standardized core curriculum, along with employer-driven apprenticeships and cooperative education opportunities. The grant project focuses on the fields of mechatronics, machining and welding. Participants will be able to earn stackable, portable industry-recognized credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees), while simultaneously working in the industry. They will also be able to enter academic programs at multiple points based on assessment results that match individual skills.

The grant targets unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers; incumbent workers; and other adult learners and underrepresented groups. Traditional students are also eligible. The program is expected to benefit more than 3,000 students and hundreds of manufacturing companies throughout Minnesota. Many Minnesota manufacturers, industry and workforce organizations and the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence have stepped up to partner with these colleges.

“Our South Central College staff and faculty, along with our MnSCU partner institutions, have worked diligently to create momentum in capitalizing on this national movement toward workforce education opportunities for our students and employers in Minnesota,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College.

MnAMP directly builds on South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker’s work on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) 2.0 Steering Committee, a cross-sector national effort to secure U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness.