Rockwell Trains Teachers at Alexandria Technical & Community College
The certified Rockwell Automation training courses, which ATCC will be authorized to offer in 32 counties in central Minnesota, will expand access to training in the region, making it more convenient for technical manufacturing workers to advance their automation skills, and helping the state’s manufacturing companies remain competitive in the global marketplace. Courses are expected to be available in the fall semester of 2010.
“Minnesota manufacturers are facing a potentially debilitating shortage of technical workers with the training and skills needed to work in today’s high-tech manufacturing environments,” said Chad Coauette, dean of customized training, Alexandria Technical & Community College. “Partnering with an automation industry leader, such as Rockwell Automation, allows us to address this need by offering an additional access point for technical education. We’re able to leverage a cutting-edge curriculum based on the latest technology being used in manufacturing facilities today to ensure the incumbent workforce in Minnesota has the right skill set to excel in technical positions.”
“In recent years, technology advances have affected every step of the manufacturing process – manufacturing jobs have become technology jobs, and employees must have the advanced skills required for today’s workplace,” said Nick Goebel, business manager of global training services, Rockwell Automation. “Rockwell Automation is uniquely positioned and committed to helping businesses and technical workers gain the training and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive manufacturing environment. We chose to work with a reputable institution like Alexandria Technical & Community College to expand access to automation training for Minnesota workers that may not have had this type of opportunity in the past.”
To develop the program, ATCC and Rockwell Automation are working in conjunction with Werner Electric Supply Minnesota, an authorized Rockwell Automation distributor that is part of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork framework that includes thousands of specialists in industries, applications, geographies, technologies and services around the world. Werner Electric Supply will provide equipment and local support for the training program.
“Alexandria Technical & Community College has previously made significant investments in automation training, and for that reason, we feel the school is uniquely positioned to offer this program and we’re pleased to serve as a local resource for them,” said Kevin Powell, president, Werner Electric Supply Minnesota.
ATCC has received a grant for more than $98,000 from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Innovation Fund to purchase the hardware and software needed to build training equipment that utilizes the most current versions available from Rockwell Automation.
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
About Alexandria Technical & Community College
Alexandria Technical & Community College is a two-year technical and community college in Alexandria, Minn., that offers more than 50 program options that deliver applied learning in a friendly, supportive atmosphere with personal attention from faculty and staff. Alexandria Technical & Community College is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000 students in non-credit courses.
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