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360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence

360° member institutions offer technical programs to prepare students for today's technological world and global economy.

The 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence is a partnership of 15 public state colleges and universities, K-12 education, manufacturing businesses and industries, and workforce and economic development organizations. It promotes the manufacturing industry by building a pipeline of talented individuals and providing accurate and enticing career information to individuals at all levels.

360° is led by Bemidji State University and has fourteen two-year community and technical college members:

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Northland Community and Technical College
  • Northwest Technical College
  • Pine Technical & Community College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • South Central College

Manufacturing Career Pathways

One of the goals of 360° is to ensure programs and resources offered to students at its 10 member institutions are in line with what industry and the country need for its future workforce. To do this, it has developed and aligned existing curriculum to the career pathways for manufacturing careers. It provides the resources students need to graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the manufacturing industry.

360° is also developing curricula in partnership with member institutions, business and industry, and workforce development to meet the needs of today's dislocated worker.