Continuing Education

Three big trends that could shape the future of high-tech manufacturing

Working with 2-year colleges seen as essential to the new advanced manufacturing economy

Check out this excellent article in The Atlantic, “Made in America, Again.”

From the article: The list of ingredients that GE’s David Joyce sees as favorable to advanced manufacturing begins with a different kind of proximity: he wants each factory to be near both a research university and, ideally, a community college that can prepare people for high-skill, high-wage work.

Read more here.

Learn about the Manufacturing Showcase, coming to DCTC October 9.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612

DCTC, MnSCU Group Awarded $15 Million Grant

3,000+ students and numerous manufacturers will benefit

The Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP) has been selected to receive a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for advanced manufacturing education throughout Minnesota.

MNAMP is a state-wide Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) consortium that includes Dakota County Technical College. The consortium, which includes 12 MnSCU colleges and a Center of Excellence, is led by South Central College who applied for the grant on behalf of MNAMP and will be administering the grant’s
execution.

The MNAMP consortium was created to help close the “skills gap” in the state by implementing a structure for advanced manufacturing education that emphasizes a standardized core curriculum, along with employer-driven apprenticeships and cooperative education opportunities. The grant project focuses on the fields of mechatronics, machining and welding. Participants will be able to earn stackable, portable industry-recognized credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees), while simultaneously working in the industry. They will also be able to enter academic programs at multiple points based on assessment results that match individual skills.

The grant targets unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers; incumbent workers; and other adult learners and underrepresented groups. Traditional students are also eligible. The program is expected to benefit more than 3,000 students and hundreds of manufacturing companies throughout Minnesota. Many Minnesota manufacturers, industry and workforce organizations have stepped up to partner with these colleges.

Read more here.

Learn about the Manufacturing Showcase, coming to DCTC October 9.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612

Siemens promotes apprenticeships to train skilled workers

Apprenticeships are proven to work. Why don’t we use them?

Siemens has sponsored an outstanding article on The Atlantic, outlining the benefits of apprenticeship programs.

According to the article: Around the world, especially in Europe, apprenticeships are a mainstream, practical alternative to the four-year college track that still dominates the traditional American career path—even when that path has proven not to work for everyone.

Read more at this link.

Learn about the Manufacturing Showcase, coming to DCTC October 9.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612

Manufacturing Showcase coming Oct. 9 to DCTC

Bridging the Skills Gap

In surveys, listening sessions and meetings, manufacturers throughout Minnesota have expressed their concern about the skilled worker shortage and its impact on their global competitiveness. Finding enough skilled workers is your greatest challenge.

MnSCU understands this challenge. You need a qualified and trained workforce. We have been working to develop innovative solutions to address the skilled worker shortage.

Join us on October 9th as we discuss the State of Manufacturing in Minnesota, and share solutions for your workforce challenges.

Agenda

7:15-7:30 Breakfast and Networking

7:30-8:15 State of Manufacturing in Minnesota with Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota

8:15-8:25 South of the River Training Solutions with Pat McQuillan, Center for Professional and Workforce Development

8:25-8:30 Delivering Consistent Training Across Your Entire Footprint with Sue Mueller, Global Corporate College

8:30 Campus Facilities Tour

RSVP

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP BY OCTOBER 1.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612

Soldering training for employment begins Sept. 4

IPC Certification Can Lead to Better Job Opportunities

Our “skills-intensive” hand soldering courses are designed to put emphasis on accelerated skill development. DCTC offers a state of the art soldering laboratory.

The introductory course, starting September 4, is appropriate for those who want to learn soldering skills and those planning to go on to earn IPC certification. The A-610 certification course, starting September 26, prepares participants to inspect electronic assemblies.  The J-STD IPC certification course, starting October 18, prepares students to meet manufacturing industry requirements for high quality soldering interconnections.

Classes are Thursday and Friday evenings 5:30-9:30 and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Register online or call Lea Schendel at 651-423-8279.

For more information about the Soldering Program, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612