Faribault and Mankato, MN – In September 2013, it was announced that South Central College President
Dr. Annette Parker would serve on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee “2.0.” Since that time, South Central College’s involvement in AMP has expanded.  

AMP was established as part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. AMP is led by a steering committee comprised of 19 leaders from industry, academia and labor. The Steering Committee established five “Work Teams” to address specific areas aimed at driving advances in U.S. innovation and workforce capabilities related to manufacturing. These work teams include: Workforce, Technology, NNMI (National Network of Manufacturing Innovation), Scale-Up and Manufacturing Image. 

Dr. Parker, along with Eric Spiegel of Siemens, leads the “Workforce” work team. Additionally, the following South Central College staff members serve as delegates for various work teams: 

  • Marsha Danielson, SCC Dean of Global Outreach and Strategic Partnership Initiatives
    (AMP Operations Committee delegate) 
  • Barb Embacher, SCC Dean of Workforce Education and Training
    (AMP Workforce Team co-lead delegate) 
  • Tom Kammer, SCC Manufacturing Consultant
    (AMP Technology Team delegate) 
  • Doug Laven, SCC Mechatronics Instructor
    (AMP Scale-Up Team delegate) 
  • Brian Knutson, SCC Business and Personal Development/Healthcare Coordinator
    (AMP Manufacturing Image Team delegate)

“South Central College’s broad participation in this national initiative reinforces Minnesota and the college’s status as a leader in manufacturing education and training,” said Dr. Parker. “This involvement also introduces our college to valuable partnership opportunities and resources.”

On Tuesday (December 3), the five work teams presented to the steering committee and received approval to proceed with the implementation of their recommended plans. 

On Wednesday (December 4), Dr. Parker convened a meeting with MNSCU officials and Minnesota partner organizations that actively work in the manufacturing realm, to discuss ways to align their collective efforts with the national AMP priorities. 

“These industry involvement efforts align directly with MnSCU’s strategic plan. Moving forward, we will continue to collaborate with our higher education partners, regional industry and government organizations on current and potential opportunities as they become available,” said Dr. Parker.  

South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, and a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.