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Did You Know...Bob Dylan is a welder?

June 21, 2016

Did you know that Bob Dylan is a welder? It's true!

Influential musician Bob Dylan keeps welding supplies at his home in Malibu where he makes ornate iron gates out of scrap metal. This makes sense considering he was raised in the Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota. As Dylan says, "I’ve been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country — where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I’ve always worked with it in one form or another."

There was even an exhibition of Dylan’s art — paintings as well as his iron work — on display at London’s Halcyon Gallery a few years ago, which you can view online.

Did you know... Bob Dylan is a welder

Bob Dylan welds iron gates

Images courtesy of John Shearer/22 Words

And, just in case Bob Dylan hasn't convinced you to enter the welding field, maybe this will: The average salary of a welder in Minnesota is $39,970 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check out the welding career pathways offered by MnAMP colleges to find one that's right for you!



MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

June 9, 2016

Attention Class of 2016: You can now apply for a grant to cover tuition for manufacturing programs at MnAMP colleges! 

The MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. It will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program. The grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student's Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to the student's account.

College GrantSome highlights of the grant include:

  • Tuition and fees paid (after Pell & MN State Grants)
  • Available for 2016 HS/GED grads in MN who will enroll in a 2-year college in Fall 2016
  • Family income can be up to $90k
  • Assigned a mentor
  • Complete regular FAFSA to apply

Learn more: MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

What's Happening in Manufacturing?

May 31, 2016

State of Manufacturing 2016

Enterprise Minnesota recently released their 2016 State of Manufacturing report. As part of the release they conduct a “Road Show” around the state. Last week they stopped by South Central College and provided insight into the manufacturing sector. For a summary of this report, check out this article from Greater Mankato Growth.

What Do Students Think About the Skills Gap?

May 20, 2016

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A new article from Enterprise Minnesota Magazine explores the skills gap from the perspective of the next generation of manufacturing workers. The State of Manufacturing® focus group research included three meetings with students at tech schools, including Dunwoody College of Technology, Alexandria Technical & Community College, and Anoka Technical College.

Read what the students had to say in the Enterprise Minnesota Magazine article.

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