In October 2014, Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) was awarded a 2.473 million dollar Round 4 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career (TAACCCT) grant from the Department of Labor. These monies will be used for the proposed CU Succeed (Construction and Utilities) program to serve 450 Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and similar adults over three years in the West Central Workforce Service Area (WSA-02), spanning 19 counties and 20,000 square miles. The program will provide training and certifications to individuals to obtain in-demand careers in construction and utilities through the use of mobile training units, workplace readiness and soft skills instruction, and workplace experiences.
Integration of technology is a core component of CU Succeed. First, the +(Plus) soft skills course will be offered online, providing flexibility for participants to complete the course on their own pace. Second, the three mobile training units to be created for the program utilize new transportable technologies to take hands-on instruction to participants at various locations. This type of technology has been effectively implemented by community and technical colleges nationwide.
M State modules will travel to workforce centers, employer partner sites, and between M State's campuses. The modules will complement M State's successful mobile welding trailer, implemented in 2013-14, and will be based on similar modules created by Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls, MN.
The trailers are equipped with HVAC systems for use in any season and will contain hands-on equipment for instruction and student practice. M State will use a variety of open educational resources (OER) in the mobile training units, such as resources offered by OSHA, the Scaffold Training Institute, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), and CPT Certification, in addition to OER available through Minnesota State and other TAACCCT grantees.
M State has developed three mobile training units:
Last modified: June 23rd, 2016 at 04:02pm