$115,332 MJSP grant funds partnership
Quality Ingredients Corporation, a national food manufacturer based in Burnsville, Minn., partnered with Dakota County Technical College to provide technical skills training to support a recent expansion. Twenty new and 55 existing employee-owners in Minnesota will receive the training over a two-year period thanks to a $115,332 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant. The official grant signing took place at the QIC headquarters Feb. 21, 2013.
“We are pleased to provide this critical training for Quality Ingredients as they expand operations,” said Pat McQuillan, DCTC dean of continuing education and customized training. “Our extensive experience working with food manufacturers has proven valuable as we customize training to match QIC’s processes.”
Quality Ingredients Corporation is a leader in the spray drying industry and one of the largest companies in Minnesota with a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan. QIC places a priority on employee-owner development and continuous improvement. The company transforms liquids into stable powders for the food and nutrition industries.MJSP Director Paul Moe | DCTC President Ron Thomas“This grant is a wonderful validation of our efforts to make development opportunities available to every employee-owner and it is our intent to make our operation better and better every day,” said Isabelle Day, QIC president and CEO. “Our partnership with DCTC brings us the customized training support we need for our rapidly growing team.”
“Maintenance staffing tends to run very lean for manufacturers, which doesn’t leave a lot of time to schedule everyone for face-to-face training,” added McQuillan. “This grant will allow us to develop a Systems Troubleshooting course in a hybrid format. We are working toward this goal for all of our mechatronics training offerings.”Top photo: (left to right) Paul Moe, MJSP Director | Ron Thomas, DCTC President | Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of the City of Burnsville | Isabelle Day, QIC President & CEO
DCTC will conduct training in the following areas:
- Operator Automation
- Systems Troubleshooting (Hybrid delivery)
- Boiler’s License Requirements
- Welding for Sanitary Processes
- Computers & Math for Technicians
- Continuous Skills Coaching
- Process and Standard Operating Procedures Development
- Lean Manufacturing
- Six Sigma
- Business Communications
- Lean Office
About Quality Ingredients Corporations
Celebrating more than 25 years of service to the food industry, Burnsville-based Quality Ingredients is a 100 percent employee stock ownership company leveraging expertise in drying technology to create proprietary and custom powdered ingredient systems. QIC provides toll drying and blending services for food processing companies across North America and beyond. Please visit www.qic.us for more information.
DCTC Customized Training experts are experienced in grant administration. Over the past 20 years, DCTC has received and executed tens of millions of dollars in local, state and federal grants to support workforce development in Minnesota. Since 2000, Dakota County Technical College has partnered with more than 60 Minnesota businesses administering more than $12 million in MJSP training grants.
The DCTC Customized Training division specializes in offering training and consulting services in the following areas:
- Business & Management
- Computers & Technology
- Health Care
- Manufacturing & Trades
- Transportation & Safety
DCTC guides companies through comprehensive training and development programs that bridge all work types and positions—enabling employers to provide a cross-company/cross-department focus and message with the flexibility of using multiple formats.
For more information about Continuing Education & Customized Training at DCTC, contact:
- Patrick McQuillan
Dean of CT and Continuing Education