May 12, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to read about our news and events.
New Executive Board
A quick note from the Executive Director:

In 2020, the Center began operating under its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. As outlined by Minnesota State for Centers of Excellence, the Center is focused on three strategic priorities:

Engaging Industry
Enhancing Education
Inspiring Students
To ensure we meet and continue to meet the needs of manufacturing, the Center is establishing a new Executive Board, comprised of manufacturing stakeholders. At the table will be secondary and post-secondary educators, workforce development representatives, manufacturing subject matter experts, manufacturing association leadership, and others. The first official meeting will be held mid-July 2021. We are looking for manufacturing stakeholders to be involved with the Executive Board, and the initiatives of the Center.

If you are interested in learning more or getting engaged with the Center and its initiatives, please contact me.

Jeremy Leffelman
Executive Director
We are excited to work with and promote a major Minnesota manufacturer, Polaris Inc., in Roseau, Minnesota.

Polaris Inc. is an American manufacturer of motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and neighborhood electric vehicles. Polaris was founded in Roseau, Minnesota, where it still has engineering and manufacturing. The company's corporate headquarters is in Medina, Minnesota.
We are assisting with the promotion of their exciting career opportunities, internships, and summer hiring programs.

View their new Virtual tour here. They offer to meet up via Zoom for students or classrooms to walk through their virtual tour. They are now offering paid internship programs, relocation compensation plans, hiring bonuses, and housing assistance programs. View more information here
Registration Open! Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Supporting Excellence in Agricultural and Technical Education
Specifically designed for Ag and Tech-Ed teachers, this three-day workshop will include training to support instructors in teaching skills to secondary students in the areas of small gas engines, drone technology, and welding. Attendees will receive training from college faculty/subject matter experts and hands-on experience with equipment needed to teach secondary students. Training is designed to meet attendees at their skill level and create long-lasting professional relationships with colleagues and subject matter experts.

Attendees Will Receive:
24 Continuing Education Credits (CEU): clock hour certificates available upon completion of the workshop
Access to classroom tool kits including guided activities and coursework for teachers and students to further explore and experience Small Gas Engines, Drone Technology, and Welding
A small gas engine to use during the workshop and to keep afterward
Career exploration resources for students
Ongoing invitation to communicate with trainers throughout the school year
When: August 10-12, 2021
Where: Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Detroit Lakes, MN
Lodging: Discounted rate of $119/night available at Holiday Inn: Detroit Lakes - Lakefront if booked by July 9, 2021
Meals: Lunch and snacks provided each day
Registration Fee: $100/attendee payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or PO.

Fall 2021 Minnesota Manufactured Courses
In partnership with a consortium of Minnesota State colleges, Minnesota Manufactured is offering a variety of courses toward the Production Technologies and Welding Technology Certificates starting August 2021. Most courses are delivered completely online and in short, eight-week blocks. Registration has begun for all Fall CMAE courses such as CMAE 1510 Print Reading and CMAE 1514 Safety Awareness.

Find out how you can enroll now! Go to Minnesota Manufactured to learn more about the courses or call 800-500-8935 for assistance. 
Labor and Industry Apprenticeship
Are you searching for an apprenticeship? Are you an employer or parent/counselor looking for information on apprenticeships? In either case, start with Apprenticeship Minnesota! A plethora of information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MNDLI) including a comprehensive sponsor directory. MNDLI is also available for questions and support. Contact or 651-284-5090.
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A member of Minnesota State, Bemidji State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. The Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence | ATE Regional Center is led by Bemidji State University. 
These programs are supported by an NSF-ATE Program Grant, award number 1600927. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation ( An affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.