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Apprenticeship Introduction and Q&A Session

November 22, 2016

The SW MN Workforce Council is hosting an Apprenticeship Introduction and Q&A session on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 2:00 at the Merit Center in Marshall (1001 W. Erie Road, Marshall, MN.) This event will cover why apprenticeships are right for your company, America's growing talent gap, and any questions you may have about apprenticeships.

Companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.

American industry is the foundation of our country's economic competitiveness and prosperity. The challenge? Significant talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. Among these challenges:

  • An aging workforce of highly-skilled and experienced workers
  • Attracting new and more diverse talent pools
  • Closing gaps in workers' skills and credentials
  • Investing in talent that can keep pace with the latest industry advances
  • Implementing workforce training models that effectively develop and "up-skill"

These workforce challenges undermine your productivity and profitability. The good news? There is a proven solution to meet your talent challenges: Registered Apprenticeship. It can be integrated into your organization's current training and human resource development strategy.

Apprenticeship Facts

For more information, or to register, contact one of the following:
Kary Boerboom, 507-476-3698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Denise Myhrberg, 507-476-4043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Julie Redepenning, 320-441-6571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

M State Mobile Welding Training Facility

November 21, 2016

Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers a unique mobile welding training facility that offers convenient customized curriculum to companies throughout the region.

The trailer, a converted refrigerated semi-trailer, houses 12 training stations where instructor Josh Heibel teaches welding skills in sessions that range from 16 to 160 hours. It was developed to meet industry training needs in the college’s 19-county region and to provide education to workers who were unable to enroll in on-campus or credit-based courses. Nearly 300 men and women have been trained in the college’s welding trailer since it went on the road in May 2013.


This video was created for Minnesota State Community and Technical College as part of the Minnesota Innovation Award.

M State Mobile Welding Training Facility

Learn more about M State's mobile welding training facility and other customized training programs.

National Apprenticeship Week

November 14, 2016

MnAMP is proud to support the second annual National Apprenticeship week, November 14–20, 2016!

Over the past two years, MnAMP has facilitated more than 60 registered apprenticeships and dual-training opportunities throughout Minnesota. The Learn Work Earn training model combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Students complete credit-based courses in the advanced manufacturing program of their choice while simultaneously demonstrating skills through mentored on-the-job training.

“Apprenticeship and dual-training programs provide students with the unique opportunity to practice core skills at their job while attaining an academic credential,” explains South Central College’s MnAMP Project Coordinator, Kelcey Woods-Nord. “Even better, they’re able to graduate with minimal debt.”

MnAMP Apprenticeship Week

If companies are interested in starting an apprenticeship or dual-training program, now is the time. According to the Department of Labor, companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more. And funding programs like the Minnesota Pipeline Project and Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative Grant can help companies do it with minimal risk.


National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model. Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on the job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce. Visit for additional information.

Manufacturing Talent Development Workshop

November 10, 2016

Manufacturing Talent Development Workshop

Ramsey and Washington Counties are hosting a free Manufacturing Talent Development Workshop on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 pm. The workshop will focus on information and assistance on the labor shortage within the manufacturing industry and will be held at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s office at 443 Lafayette Road North in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Featured speakers include:

  • LaRohn Latimer, Senior Field Representative at State of Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
  • Tim O'Neill, Regional Analyst at State of Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Debra Bultinck, MnAMP Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator

Please register by November 14, 2016 by contacting Angela Plumbo at 651-275-8685 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dual-Training Success Story - Jones Metal

October 25, 2016

Check out this great success story about the dual-training program that South Central College helped facilitate at Jones Metal!

Jones Metal has participated in the PIPELINE Project with its dual-training program in mechatronics since May. The participating employees spend part of their time shadowing their mentor during work hours for the on-the-job portion of their training, and the other half of their day they are doing their regular job at the company. This is all while taking courses at South Central College as they receive credentials for a degree in mechatronics.

Read the full success story from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Mechatronics at South Central College


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