The Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminars are an assembly of industry, academia and state employees taking an active approach to solving workforce and industry challenges. The vision is to build partnerships that aim to restructure and accelerate the Minnesota workforce education system, meeting the demands in manufacturing. This active approach is done through engaging and pertinent topic speakers, along with a dynamic networking environment.

Upcoming Event

WHO: Industry, Academia and State Agencies
WHAT: Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminar
TOPIC: Apprenticeship and Competency-based Education
FEATURED SPEAKER: Announcement coming soon!
WHEN: 11:00 – 2:00 | Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WHERE: Timbers Restaurant – Timberlake Hotel, Staples MN

Register by September 1st!

Past Event

WHO: Stakeholders in Industry, Academia, and State Agencies
WHAT: Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminar
TOPIC: Hiring the Right Education Level to Meet Your Needs
FEATURED SPEAKER: Announcement coming soon!
WHEN: 11:00 – 2:00 | Friday, February 21, 2020
WHERE: Hennepin Technical College, 13100 College View Dr., Room H195, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

This seminar and networking opportunity will focus on engineering and engineering technology education and the different capabilities of Bachelor of Science (BS) engineering graduates versus Associate of Applied Science (AAS) engineering technology graduates. There is a time and a place for each – this seminar will help you determine which is best to meet your industry’s needs.

This event is hosted by the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence and Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.

Previous speaker topics include: 

Work-based Learning Strategies is the alignment of classroom and workplace learning; application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting; and support from classroom or workplace mentors.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) focuses on the creating of a Career Pathway system, engaging local, regional and state-level partners showing that any worker at any stage in their career.

Building Minnesota’s Workforce With Competency-Based Credits where the information and recommendations provide strategic options for expanding student pathways to achieve learning that is credentialed with certifications or degrees is accessible through multiple options and is transferable to further education or new employers.

Building Business + Education Partnerships with programs like Workplace Tours, Job Shadowing, Mentoring, Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, Internships, and Apprenticeships.

Untapped Resources – How to hire rehabilitated felons from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Ways and techniques to hire and attract Veterans. What are the advantages and benefits of pursuing these types of potential employees?

Workforce resource you may not have considered – Managed Resource Connections, Inc. (MRCI). With more than 65 years of employment training success, MRCI serves individuals with disabilities and/or disadvantages through job training, employment placement & job coaching. MRCI partners with employers to meet business needs and serve as an ongoing resource in diversity integration.

These events are hosted in partnership with the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.