360 is an innovative, collaborative effort between education and industry to recruit, educate, and train workers for dynamic careers in advanced manufacturing.

Enhancing the pipeline and providing industry-driven curriculum

With our partners, 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence works closely with industry to meet the dynamic, evolving needs of the region’s manufacturing employers.

360 offers a variety of resources and programs to reach middle school and high school students, parents and other influencers to build the next generation of manufacturers by

360 also provides college students, and incumbent employees to meet industry’s needs. 360 helps industry gain qualified employees by:

  • Working closely with industry to develop curriculum that meets their needs.
  • Developing learning modules focused on professional skills.
  • Supporting project-based learning through robotics.
  • Funding program improvement at colleges.
  • Leading the adoption of new educational models.

How 360 works

360 is a consortium of 15 institutions led by Bemidji State University and includes 14 technical and community colleges. The center is a member of Minnesota State and received a National Science Foundation grant in 2012 to become an Advanced Technological Education Regional Center.

360 works closely with our college partners along with other educators, industry, and other stakeholders to develop and execute our strategies and programs.

Learn more and get involved

360 welcomes your help to achieve our goal of meeting the talent needs of modern manufacturing. Learn more about our programs, and let us know how you would like to help.


As part of its ongoing work, 360 regularly evaluates its programs. You can view our Year 4 Report for our National Science Foundation grant.

Core Curriculum

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This innovative program has been recognized as providing foundational manufacturing skills and has been leveraged to increase the number of qualified technicians in Minnesota.

Online & Hands-On Education

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Eight enrolling colleges offer Production, Automation, Machining, and Welding with certificates online and hands-on labs.

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