Bemidji State University’s 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence has been awarded a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Regional Center Award for nearly $3 million over four years.
The grant, which totals $2,948,511 and begins on Friday, June 15, will allow the center to pursue three core objectives:
• prepare students for manufacturing technician programs and encourage pursuit of manufacturing careers; • adjust curricula to meet industry needs today while remaining flexible and anticipating future needs as well; • assess student learning as a way to improve educational programs and to provide accountability and evidence of student achievement.
“The timing of this award couldn’t be better,” said Karen White, director of the Center of Excellence. “We just heard from manufacturers across Minnesota that advanced manufacturing businesses need more and better technicians if they are going to capitalize on their opportunities to grow.”
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The center will also receive Advanced Technological Education Regional Center designation from the NSF and will undergo a name change. The center is now known as the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Advanced Technological Education Regional Center of Excellence. The center will continue to be located in Bridgeman Hall on the Bemidji State campus.