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Centers of Excellence

Organizations in health care, manufacturing, engineering or information technology and security can access state-of-the-art programs and practical research at a Center of Excellence. The centers also provide connections to K-12 schools, colleges and universities, business and industry.

Four Centers of Excellence were established in 2005 to help local economies thrive and position Minnesota for a strong future. A state university leads each center in partnership with community and technical colleges and business and industry.

The centers:

  • promote student interest in careers in health care, manufacturing, engineering and information technology and security.
  • develop students with skills that meet today's industry standards.
  • help Minnesota industries remain globally competitive.
  • assist companies in meeting critical needs through customized training.
Center of Excellence:
Central Lakes College Agricultural and Energy Center

The Central Lakes College Agricultural and Energy Center has a rich history of research and demonstration efforts to support new opportunities for economic development in Greater Minnesota. The Center has been in operation since 1968.
Center of Excellence:
Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture

The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture is a Minnesota State College and University System (MnSCU) Center of Excellence. South Central College serves as the lead institution for the Center. Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a key partner with the Center. The Center serves to promote and establish agricultural education excellence in Minnesota across the industry. We work to establish partnerships with key businesses and organizations in the agriculture industry to meet workforce demands and training needs.
Center of Excellence:

The Minnesota Energy Center (MnEC) is a consortium of two-year colleges located throughout Minnesota, led by Minnesota West Community and Technical College and St. Cloud Technical and Community College. The primary focus is development of programming to prepare technicians for the energy production industry. Degree programs cover the broad spectrum of energy production technologies including Bio-fuels, Ethanol, Solar, Wind, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear.
Center of Excellence:
Health care

HealthForce Minnesota - Joining together the expertise and resources of education, healthcare providers and community members to provide the Minnesota healthcare industry with a well-trained, flexible and diverse workforce; create ongoing capacity to transform health science education and delivery; and position Minnesota as a global leader in healthcare education, practice, research and innovation.
Center of Excellence: Healthcare
Center of Excellence:
Engineering and Manufacturing

The Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence builds partnerships between higher education, business and industry to stimulate economic development through education, training, and applied research.

By providing research experts, student interns, work force education, and meeting long-range recruitment needs, Center institutions offer industry a vast network of resources critical to manufacturing and engineering success.
Center of Excellence: Engineering and Manufacturing
Centers of Excellence:
Manufacturing and Applied Engineering

The 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence is a collaborative enterprise of 9 credible Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions that serves manufacturing and engineering industry needs by cultivating a talented workforce through flexible education and career opportunities. Programs deal primarily with applied engineering, engineering technology and precision manufacturing, including automation and robotics, machining and welding.
 Centers of Excellence: Manufacturing and Applied Engineering
Centers of Excellence:
Advance IT Minnesota

The rapidly evolving capability of information and communication technology requires an equally rapid evolution of knowledge and skills. Advance IT Minnesota engages learners, educators and information technology professionals to develop a more robust IT community in Minnesota. Find unique business, career development and networking opportunities when you connect with Advance IT Minnesota.
Centers of Excellence: Advance IT Minnesota
Centers of Excellence:
Minnesota Transportation Center

The MN Transportation Center was started in January of 2013 in response feedback from industry “listening sessions” held in 2012. The Transportation Center supports workforce alignment through development of partnerships among business, industry and education in order meet the current and future needs of the state’s transportation industries.