The Minnesota State 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

TOPIC: Tools to Connect Industries and Schools
WHO: Industry, Academia and State Agencies
WHAT: Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminar
WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: FREE online event

For this event, the Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminar is proud to focus on “Tools to Connect Industries and Schools”. In this virtual event, there will be representation from Design Ready Controls and Die Technologies to share some of their successful school connection tools, meeting many workforce needs. Johnson High School will talk about what they have done to connect with industry in the creation of their career pathways program, leading to student success in and out of the classroom. Finally, there will be a panel discussion with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Trade & Industry Specialist, Executive Director of Midwest Manufacturers, and the President of Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. The panel will share some of the best practices and provide some ideas to help you solves some of your workforce challenges and/or student opportunities.

To be announced…

Register by February 23rd!

Past Event

TOPIC: Apprenticeship and Competency-based Education
WHO: Industry, Academia and State Agencies
WHAT: Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminar
WHEN: 11:00 – 2:00 | Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WHERE: FREE online event

Northland Community and Technical College was awarded funding through the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence to research, design, and implement Competency-Based Education (CBE) into a Mechatronics Program. This presentation highlights the details of this project and provides insight for others looking to implement CBE elements. A true Competency-Based Education model provides a flexible alternative for learners with features including open entry – open exit, self-paced coursework, and open classroom/lab hours. Northland’s innovative Mechatronics Program offers flexibility for students to set their own schedule and learn at their own pace, This presentation will outline Northland’s solutions to offer a CBE-like Mechatronics Program.

The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship was developed to meet manufacturing firms’ needs to upgrade the skills of the frontline production workers. The IMT on-the-job learning and related instruction are relevant in manufacturing settings ranging from food processing or metal fabrication to plastics or bio-medical production and can be customized to a particular firm’s criteria. Upon completion of training, workers earn nationally recognized manufacturing journey worker credentials. This presentation will provide an overview of the program.

Andrew Dahlen, Mechatronics Instructor | VEX Robotics Coordinator, Northland Community and Technical College
Heidi Braun-Kahn, Director of Training, Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College
Jerome Balsimo, Executive Director, Minnesota Training Partnership

Register by September 11th!

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Click here to view the live recording of Apprenticeships
Click here to view the live recording of Competency-Based Education

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

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence at 507-389-121 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 30 days prior to the event.

TOPIC: Hiring the Right Education Level to Meet Your Needs
WHO: Stakeholders in Industry, Academia, and State Agencies
WHAT: Engineering and Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Seminar
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 was focused 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 helped determine which is best to meet industry needs.

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.