High tech jobs are in high demand! Minnesota can address this problem by investing $1.5 million in Anoka Technical College to renovate and equip their spaces to meet the growing workforce training needs.
Auto Tech Lab and The Manufacturing Hub are integral parts of Anoka Tech and have seen continued growth in enrollment over the past six years. In the Automotive lab, renovation will update classrooms and equipment in order to accommodate the increased demand in the program and update curriculum to stay ahead of industry demand. The Automotive program has experienced a 62% increase from 2007-2011. Updating the automotive lab will allow students to be trained in a real-world setting with the new automotive diagnostic equipment and repair technologies currently being used in the industry.
In the Manufacturing Hub, creating a work space conducive to collaboration between Anoka Tech’s different programs (Machine Trades, Welding, and Mechanical Drafting & Design) is vital to providing real world skills in teamwork, design, and manufacturing. The collaborative learning environment created by this project will closely reflect industry, better preparing students for employment. The Hub would create a synergistic and innovative environment for students to develop multiple technical skills directly transferable to manufacturing trades.
Renovating these spaces creates a tremendous opportunity for growth by investing in manufacturing that helps Build Minnesota’s technical workforce.