Advanced Manufacturing Education Alliance

The Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Alliance

In October 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Pine Technical 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 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 College (PTC) has been using the AME grant to expand our Industrial Technology Programs.  In the fall of 2013, PTC 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 PTC's students.

PTC 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.

 - Robotics/Automation Program 
 - Plastics Technology Program
 - Advanced Manufacturing Technology – Robotics Emphasis
 - Advanced Manufacturing Technology – Computer-Controlled Emphasis 

For more information

For more information about the AME Alliance and PTC's new high-tech, industry-focused advanced manufacturing programs, please feel free to visit the website for AME Alliance or the folks listed below:

Kris Hanson, Education & Employment Advisor        320.629.4568     hansonK@pinetech.edu
Heidi Braun, Customized Training Rep.                     320.629.5178     braunh@pinetech.edu
Kerry Fridstrom, Data Coordinator   320.629.5183     fridstromk@pinetech.edu
Diane Odegard, AME Grant Manager                         320-629-4569    odegardd@pinetech.edu
Stefanie Schroeder, Dean of Workforce & Economic Development 320.629.5126     schroeders@pinetech.edu