Suzanne NordblomBy Suzanne L. Nordblom, Dean of Engineering and Construction Technology

Project Lead the Way Grants Announced

The Mechatronics Technology Education Center (MTEC) at South Central College is proud to announce that $18,489 in grants was recently awarded to support the following area middle and high schools:

Gibbon/Fairfax/Winthrop (GFW)
$3990 Equipment – Autodesk Inventor Software
Northland Community School – Remer $2500 Equipment – 2 Fischertechnik kits
Mankato Public Schools-East & West Total: $4000
  $1850 Equipment – Solar and Fuel Cells
  $2150 Summer Institute Training
United South Central – Wells Total: $3999
  $1099 Equipment – Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  $2900 Summer Institute Training
Northfield High School Total: $ $4000
  $1500 Equipment – Laptop
  $2500 Summer Institute Training

These area school districts submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) to South Central College for the equipment and training needed to support their school’s Project Lead the Way program. These grants were made possible through funding from a Department of Labor Community-Based Job Skills Training Grant and from funding provided by the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MnCEME).

“South Central College is an avid supporter of the Project Lead the Way program. We are thrilled to be working directly with our area schools to provide this special assistance with needed equipment and training.  This partnership provides undeniable benefits for students and hopefully will assist in broadening the scope of their educational pathways,” stated SCC’s Dean of Engineering and Construction Technology, Dr. Suzanne Nordblom.

The Mechatronics Technology major at South Central College began in the fall of 2009, and is part of the education and training provided through the growing Mechatronics Technology Education Center on the North Mankato Campus of South Central College.