The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence were created in 2005 as an initiative of the Governor and enacted and funded by the legislature per Minnesota Session Law 2005, Chapter 107, Article 2, Section 31, M.S.136F.31. Four centers were established in 2006 and four additional centers were formed in 2013 in response to the 2012 Workforce Assessment Initiative, sponsored collaboratively with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota State Chamber of Commerce.

The Centers of Excellence promote connectivity between industry and our colleges and universities. We help students gain access to the latest technologies and work-based learning opportunities, and facilitate education and training for business partners to meet their workforce needs today and into the future. The Centers help keep Minnesota’s economy globally competitive in seven critical industry sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

The work of the Centers of Excellence is focused on the system’s strategic framework and provides a strong foundation for greater collaboration among our colleges and universities. They are responsive to the rapid changes in industry and employment and offer innovative teaching and learning strategies.

For more information on the other Centers of Excellence visit the Minnesota State webpage.