Bemidji, MN—Minnesota West Community and Technical College has been accepted as a full member into 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence. 360 is a collaborative group of colleges working to recruit and educate manufacturing technicians to meet industry’s needs. The addition of Minnesota West extends 360’s presence into the southwest region of the state.
“Becoming a full member of the 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence is an outstanding opportunity for Minnesota West Community and Technical College,” shares Dawn Regnier, director of customized training. “The partnership represents a win-win opportunity to expand awareness for manufacturing careers throughout our service area and enhance resources for our K-12 and manufacturing industry partners.”
Minnesota West serves 22 counties in southwest Minnesota with five campus locations in Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington. There are also learning centers in Luverne and Marshall. The college offers several manufacturing programs:
- A diploma, A.A.S. degree, and non-credit training in mechatronics.
- A certificate, diploma, and A.A.S. degree in precision machining.
- A certificate, diploma, and non-credit training in welding.
In addition, Minnesota West aligns non-credit training with their credit programs to provide credit for prior learning.
“We’re pleased to have Minnesota West join our Center,” says Jeremy Leffelman, executive director. “In addition to helping expand our statewide presence, Minnesota West brings valuable experience in collaborating with others and finding innovative ways to meet manufacturers’ needs.”
360 now has 16 college members, 15 of which are community and technical colleges.