The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence listened to the education and industry partners about the concerns of future of our workforce. Together we designed and incubated youth career exploration summer camps. The first camp started in 2015 and today we have grown to over a dozen camps in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The camps are very successful and our model has gained national recognition as a program to be modeled from.
Introducing young audiences to careers in transportation is important. When it comes to career exploration – giving youth the appropriate information, allowing their minds to open accept the great possibilities of a career, and helping them make unbiased decisions is very challenging in today’s society and educational environment. For transportation careers, this is even more challenging to communicate because the career and technology are changing so fast. Today’s and tomorrow’s careers are nothing at all like the stereotypes of yesterday’s transportation careers.
After meeting with a forward-thinking group of educators and employers, designing hands-on experiences and goal-based activities showcasing the high technology in the industry was the solution. The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence partnered with education and industry partners to create the Transportation Careers Exploration Trailer.
The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence assists colleges, high schools, chambers of commerce, children museums, and others in their career fair, career exploration, career information, and more.
The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence collaboratively writes transportation curriculum, finds and collects open-educational resource curriculum, and partners with educators and industry to write curriculum – all with the intention of providing resources to educators to continue to bring excellence to their programs.
Excellent transportation educational programs have many things in common. One of those indicators of an excellent program is program accreditation. Often, this is a challenge for schools. The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence’s vast network of educators and industry supporters has been brought together in a central location. We have center staff that are assigned to partner with schools to provide assistance and tools to achieve and maintain program accreditation. We also partner with our statewide association partners to engage local employers to assist in the process.
Another indicator of program excellence is ensuring teachers are up-to-date. Maintaining professionalism, knowledge of new technology, and networking is what keeps teachers on the leading edge. The best students will come out of programs with the best teachers.
The Minnesota State Transportation Center supports professional development through a strategic partnership with the Midwest Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas. The MTTIA group has an annual conference every August in Brainerd, MN in which industry professionals and teachers gather to train on the latest technologies in the areas of automotive, collision repair, diesel, truck, small engines, and powersports.
The Minnesota Transportation Center of Excellence also has a strategic partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation – Aerocautics and Aviation Division and the aviation community. The Aviation Maintenance Technicians conference is held each March in Brooklyn Center, MN. AMT teachers and perspective aviation students gather at this conference to learn new technologies, gain their required training hours to maintain licensure, to network and build partners, and for high school students to explore career opportunities.
Properly communicating the amazing career opportunities to perspective students in today’s extremely information rich world is a challenge. The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence strategically partners with industry and educators to develop, collect, and distribute materials and information to our education partners as a tool in helping them communicate to their prospective students. For more information about customizing click on these links for each area.
The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence provides multiple specialty programs and services that are uniquely developed with our partners to move programs forward and close the skill and opportunity gaps in the transportation workforce.
Luther Loves Techs
The Luther Automotive Group is a great partner of the Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence. The Luther Loves Techs program is designed to sponsor a student through an amazing scholarship program and part-time work-based learning employment during the school phase.
Subaru University programs in Minnesota are located at:
Dakota County Technical College
Lake Superior College
Anoka Technical College
Anoka STEP High School
Collision repair (auto body) programs in Minnesota have a statewide legal agreement with I-CAR to use I-CAR curriculum, program standards, and technician certification programs. Students that go through these programs are prepared for professional level employment in the collision repair industry.