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What is +Connect?

+Connect is a collaborative training program offered by customized training/continuing education centers at participating Minnesota State colleges. The +Connect hybrid course model combines live course instruction through video conferencing technology with an online learning management portal for additional coursework outside of class.

Who is +Connect for?

+Connect was developed to train incumbent workers and those in apprenticeship or dual-training programs, but any adult learner is welcome to participate.

Wyoming Machine employees taking a +Connect course

Where do courses take place?

Participants can connect to the virtual classroom for live course instruction from anywhere--including the job site--using a computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection, webcam, and microphone. For more details, view the +Connect Equipment and Setup Manual.

Which courses are offered through +Connect?

View the +Connect Course Descriptions to learn about the courses currently offered through +Connect. You may also refer to the +Connect Course Outcomes, which lists the topics covered and outcomes to expect from each course. Courses are scheduled based on employer demand, and the +Connect model can be used to run any type of training that your company needs.

How much do +Connect courses cost?

Course costs vary depending on the length of the course. A 16-hour/2-credit course costs $244, plus the cost of required books and materials.

What are the benefits of +Connect?

  • +Connect provides a convenient and affordable way to upskill current employees.
  • Short-term sessions provide high-quality training in 8 weeks or less.
  • Many +Connect courses offer a choice of taking the course for closed credit or non-credit, making +Connect the ideal pathway to academic or industry credentials.

What are employers saying about +Connect?

  • “The instructor was very helpful and approachable. The class was filled with useful ideas that I can actually use in my job. I actually look forward to attending future classes to see what other helpful ideas they have to offer. I would definitely suggest this to others as it is very informative and corresponds well into a manufacturing setting.”
    Chad Beto, Quality Coordinator/Associate, St. Cloud Window
  • “[The employees are] more engaged and conscientious after taking classes. It’s nice to see the transformation. You can see that they take additional pride in their work after their additional learning.”
    - Adam Peterson, Production Manager, Wyoming Machine
  • “I initially enrolled in class…to understand the content of the programs. I wanted to make sure the next group of our employees would be getting an education that would have a payback for both themselves and our company. So far the classes have exceeded my expectations.”
    - Brian Burley, President, Tooling Science

Wyoming Machine employee taking a +Connect Course

For More Information and To Register

Contact a participating Minnesota State college near you and ask about +Connect!

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This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.
South Central College is the lead institution of the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.