South Central College supports National Apprenticeship Week November 14 - 20, 2016

South Central College (SCC) is proud to support the second annual National Apprenticeship week, November 14 - 20, 2016.

As the lead college of the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MnAMP) Consortium, SCC received a $15 million Department of Labor grant to fund the Learn, Work, Earn project which focuses on implementing a manufacturing core curriculum, academic pathways and other advanced manufacturing initiatives throughout the state. As a part of this project, SCC has committed to partnering on registered apprenticeship and dual-training programs with employers in advanced manufacturing. Fall 2016 marked the kick-off of these programs in the areas of mechatronics, machining and welding.  

The Learn, Work, Earn training model combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Students complete credit-based courses in the advanced manufacturing program of their choice while simultaneously demonstrating skills through mentored on-the-job training. The college’s first 2 cohorts include 11 students on the North Mankato and Faribault campuses working with 7 Companies, and 40 incumbent students employed at eight companies who are taking courses with live instructors through mediated telepresence called +Connect.

“Apprenticeship and dual-training programs provide students with the unique opportunity to practice core skills at their job while attaining an academic credential,” explains SCC’s MnAMP Project Coordinator, Kelcey Woods-Nord. “Even better, they’re able to graduate with minimal debt.”

If companies are interested in starting an apprenticeship or dual-training program, now is the time. According to the Department of Labor, companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more. And funding programs like the Minnesota Pipeline Project and Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative Grant can help companies do it with minimal risk.

 “Minnesota is at the forefront when it comes to these initiatives,” says SCC President, Dr. Annette Parker. “Implementing apprenticeship and dual-training programs in fields such as advanced manufacturing allow education and industry to start creatively addressing the shortage of skilled workers in this field.”

For more information about apprenticeship or dual-training programs, contact SCC MnAMP Project Coordinator, Kelcey Woods-Nord at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507-389-7466 or visit SCC’s manufacturing page at

National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model. Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on the job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce. Visit for additional information.