Fast Track: Pathways to Manufacturing Careers

(March 11, 2015) South Central College will once again offer manufacturing Fast Track programming this spring and summer in partnership with the South Central Workforce Council, the Mankato WorkForce Center and Adult Basic Education.

Fast Track is a program that provides students with free preparation classes—including reading, math, and computer skills—while allowing them to simultaneously explore advanced manufacturing careers. After the successful completion of the prep classes, students will be ready to begin four core advanced manufacturing courses at South Central College.

Offered during the summer and fall of 2015, these core courses will prepare students to take the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician assessments resulting in a nationally-recognized industry credential. They are also the first step into SCC’s advanced manufacturing pathways for Welding, Computer Integrated Machining and Mechatronics. Students may qualify for additional resources, scholarships or academic assistance as they enroll in these exciting pathways.

The first Fast Track six-week manufacturing bridge program will run on SCC’s North Mankato campus from April 20–May 28, with a second session planned to start in July. For more information call Mankato Area Adult Basic Education at (507) 345-5222 or visit


South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.  SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator and provides equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For more information, visit