News & Events


MnAMP and the Minnesota PIPELINE Project

January 27, 2017

Cardinal Glass and South Central College

Cardinal Glass in Northfield, Minnesota, has partnered with South Central College, MnAMP's lead institution, since 2015 in helping pay tuition for their apprentices with a dual-training grant. The Minnesota PIPELINE Project, established through the Minnesota Legislature in 2014, lets employers pay apprentices’ tuition and fees in approved institutions that offer competency-based training. Meanwhile, students learn and earn on the job.

Read more about the partnership between Cardinal Glass and South Central College, and how this type of partnership can benefit your company:

MnAMP In The News

January 13, 2017

MnAMP Article

MnAMP was recently featured in the FFJournal - The magazine for today's metal fabricating and forming technologies.

Read the FFJournal article to find out what we're up to this year and the work that we're doing to help bridge the skills gap!

Congratulations to the MSSC November Students of the Month

November 28, 2016

South Central College students Ryan Anderson and Roger Ayala were nominated to be the November MSSC Students of the Month by SCC Mechatronics instructor Alex Goff. Here's what Alex had to say about these star students:

MSSC November Student of the Month


“Ryan has shown tremendous improvement and ability in and outside the classroom. Ryan has used is CPT certificate as well as his determination to secure an internship position at a local manufacturing company where he hope to gain full time employment once finished with his two year Mechatronics Degree. Ryan has consistently done quality work while demonstrating professionalism and an outstanding work ethic which compliments his pleasant personality.”

MSSC November Student of the Month

“I am happy to give Roger this recommendation. As a Mechatronics Instructor at South Central Technical College I have had the privilege of knowing Roger since he started his educational path a year and a half ago. I have been Rogers instructor for Fluid Power and Maintenance Awareness while currently I have him as a student in a Mechanical Systems course. Roger has exhibited kindness and consideration of others while articulating outstanding communications skill in, and out, of the classroom. Roger sets goals for himself with the intent to reach them. He clearly draws on his past experiences, his organizational skills, and educational background to reach his goals.”

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. Check out the full announcement on the MSSC Blog.

South Central College is the lead college of the the MnAMP consortium, which consists of 12 community colleges and 2 universities throughout Minnesota. Visit the About MnAMP page to learn more about MnAMP's history and strategies.

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.

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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.