360 meets manufacturers’ need for a qualified work force by providing a core curriculum through 360 eTECH. Developed by 360 faculty, 360 eTECH curriculum offers students the chance to upskill and develop the technical skills needed to build a manufacturing career.
The 360 eTECH program—based on the core 16-credit Production Technologies certificate—also offers certificates in automation, machining, and welding. It is also aligned with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician program, a nationally recognized credential. It has been leveraged to obtain $30 million of federal funding in Minnesota.
Producing more technicians
The Production Technologies certificate has been recognized as providing foundational skills needed in manufacturing. It has been leveraged to expand the opportunities to produce more technicians in Minnesota, most recently through two U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grants.
Through Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AME), led by Central Lakes College, several courses are offered through mediated telepresence to employees in their workplace. 360 eTECH courses have been used to:
- Provide employees the opportunity to learn new skills without the need to travel
- Offer training opportunities to smaller businesses and their employees
- Prepare technicians to test for the MSSC Certified Production Technician certification.
Since the AME grant started, 366 participants have been reached, with a 74% pass rate for the MSSC credentialed exam. With the positive response to this program, 360 is now helping develop training through mediated telepresence and will continue to serve Minnesota manufacturers.
The Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MnAMP) program Learn, Work, Earn, led by South Central College, will use 360 eTECH curriculum as well. Estimated to reach over 3,000 adult learners, the Production Technologies certificate will be used to:
- Offer a core curriculum in the grant programs.
- Provide a foundation so participants can earn additional credentials.
- Prepare learners with the needed entry-level skills to enter the work force.
Twelve colleges across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) will be using this curriculum to supply qualified technicians to Minnesota manufacturing.