The Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Alliance
In October 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Pine Technical & Community College and three institutional partners a $13.1 million grant to expand educational opportunities in advanced manufacturing to train workers for high-wage, high-skill jobs.
With this three-year funding Pine Technical & Community College, Central Lakes College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and the 360 Degree Center for Excellence at Bemidji State University have formed the Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Alliance to expand the educated labor pool in direct response to local manufacturing employer needs.
Pine Technical & Community College (PTCC) has been using the AME grant to expand our Industrial Technology Programs. In the fall of 2013, PTCC initiated new programs in Robotics/Automation, Plastics Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing.
The AME grant also funded the purchase of substantial high-tech, state-of-the-art industrial equipment for valuable hands-on learning experiences for PTCC's students.
PTCC graduates with credentials in the following programs will have the education, training and skills to prepare them for careers in advanced manufacturing that are in high demand in our region and throughout Minnesota.
For more information about the AME Alliance and PTCC's new high-tech, industry-focused advanced manufacturing programs, please feel free to visit the website for AME Alliance or the folks listed below: