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South Central College Apprenticeship Graduates

May 11, 2017

South Central College manufacturing graduates

Hats off to these four Advanced Manufacturing Dual-Training and Apprenticeship students who are graduating from South Central College today! These students leveraged their classroom learning to advance their career pathways at partner employers under the MnAMP Grant. Congratulations!


2017 State of Manufacturing survey results

May 11, 2017

For the ninth year in a row, Enterprise Minnesota is releasing the results of an in-depth, statistically significant survey of the perceptions and opinions of 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives. The survey is accompanied by a series of focus groups, comprised of executives, managers, students, and thought leaders revealing their thoughts on the economy and other major issues impacting Minnesota's manufacturing industry.

2017 State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna

2017 State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna

The MnAMP team and several consortium partners had the opportunity to attend The State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna on May 10, 2017. There, we learned that Minnesota’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers are incredibly optimistic about the prospects of their companies over the coming year according to the survey. These findings, coupled with shrinking concerns about the global economy, suggest 2017 will be a year of growth for the state’s manufacturing industry.

2017 State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna

A panel of local leaders and business owners also addressed some of their challenges, key issues, and ideas in relation to the survey results. Through this discussion, it was clear that state colleges in Minnesota are much more connected to manufacturing companies than in other states. The panel also provided insights on changing the image of manufacturing, how to get students talking about manufacturing, and employee retention.

The full 2017 survey results can be found on the Enterprise Minnesota website.

To find a State of Manufacturing event near you, view the schedule here - The State of Manufacturing® Events.

A guide to Minnesota Student-Learners in Manufacturing

May 2, 2017

In response to feedback received from the PIPELINE Project Advanced Manufacturing employers, a new guide was developed for Minnesota Student-Learners in Manufacturing. The document provides specific guidelines for the work activities and learning parameters for 16- and 17-year-olds involved in a manufacturing training program and employed as a worker.

Click on either image below to view and print/download the high-resolution two-page document.

Minnesota Student-Learners in Manufacturing   Minnesota Student-Learners in Manufacturing

Voting Now Open: Dream It. Do It. Student Video Contest

April 21, 2017

Dream It. Do It. Student Video Contest

Fifteen teams of students from seven schools submitted videos for the second Dream It. Do It. Minnesota “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest. Voting to determine the Viewers’ Choice Award takes place April 17-30, 2017. Award winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Fergus Falls on May 2, 2017.

Watch the videos, and then vote for your favorite:

You can vote once every 24 hours.  Encourage others to vote - share this page with friends, family, and colleagues!


PaperCon 2017 coming to Minnesota

April 21, 2017

The annual PaperCon Conference and Expo is coming to Minnesota this year, April 24-26, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Designed by industry professionals, PaperCon is the largest conference and expo in North America for the paper industry. PaperCon is the only place where the entire industry gathers to do business – mill managers, production superintendents, CEOs, engineers, scientists and students – and the show encompasses all segments involved in papermaking and coating. The event features a comprehensive technical program, a packed exhibit floor, new technology, and many networking opportunities.


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