Pine Tech Using Manufacturing Grant to Help Spark Local Economy
Pine Technical College is using grant money received from the U.S Department of Labor to promote education and training in Advanced Manufacturing.
Marlene Mixa serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Labor Grant at Pine Technical College. She spoke at Monday’s Pine City School Board meeting about how the college and school district are working together to put the grant funds to use. She says the grant is a way to reinvigorate a struggling local economy.
Pine Technical College received the three-year $2-million grant in February of 2009. Pine City schools are one of the three named districts in the grant.
Mixa says the grant provides training for K-12 and college students as well as incumbent and underemployed workers.
Part of the grant is $300,000 for student scholarships.
High School manufacturing instructor Tim Schlichting told the board about the variety of classes available in Advanced Manufacturing at the college. He says one of the advantages of the program is allowing students to receive college credit while at the same time getting real life manufacturing experience.
Pine City High School Director of Curriculum Candy Ames says the $2 million grant extends throughout the local economy.