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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


Lean-Driven Innovation Presentation at Century College

October 20, 2016

Celebrate Manufacturing Month at Century College on Thursday, October 20, 2016 by attending a presentation about Lean-Driven Innovation.

Lean process expert Norbert Majerus will be speaking about why innovation is important, how lean thinking can jump-start innovation, what lean principles apply to innovation creation processes, and how a lean transformation can be started at your company.

A tour of Century College's Fab Lab will follow the presentation.

Manufacturing Month Presentation

This event will take place at 2pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016 on the Lincoln Mall at Century College's East Campus.

Find more information and campus maps at the Century College website.


What Will You Discover? Manufacturing Day 2016

October 4, 2016

Manufacturing Day is a growing grassroots movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today. The most pressing issue is a gap in skilled labor. 80 percent of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers they need. This gap continues to widen. Manufacturers’ ability to address this issue has been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable and by the lack of sufficient preparatory education. Both of these problems stem from a lack of understanding of present-day manufacturing environments, which are highly technical.



Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers an opportunity to raise and address these issues by simply exhibiting what they do to visitors who are curious about manufacturing. The official celebration date is always the first Friday in October, but as more states declare October as Manufacturing Month, many events are scheduled throughout the month. Thousands of manufacturers across the nation participate in Manufacturing Day by hosting open houses, public tours, career workshop and other events. They are joined by community and technical colleges that host similar event to showcase their facilities and course offerings that lead to well-paid, in-demand manufacturing careers. Through this collective effort, Manufacturing Day draws public attention to manufacturing’s present-day reality and encourages job seekers to develop the skills they need to qualify for long-term careers in this secure and growing sector of the economy.

Attend a tour near you to discover what manufacturing is all about!



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