Monday, August 31, 2015

Unique Mobile Welding Trailer by M State Has Successfully Met Needs of Companies and Students

The unique welding training trailer by Minnesota State Community and Technical College has won the Minnesota’s State Government Innovation Awards in 2015. This trailer has successfully addressed needs of students and employers.
M State's mobile welding trailer went on the road in May, 2013
This trailer was on top 3 of winners of state government programs recognized during the awards luncheon last July 30th, hosted by University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, sponsored by Bush Foundation.

Around 300 males and females have been trained in the college’s trailer since it first trained on the road in May 2013. As said by director of M State’s Custom Training Services (CTS) – G.L. Tucker, this mobile welding trailer is designed for redefining education. It has increased students’ education accessibility. 

Particularly, the trailer is intended for meeting industry welding training needs in 19-county region of the college, for offering education to workers unable to enroll in credit-based or on-campus courses, and for addressing companies’ skill demands.

The college has collaborated with reliable manpower agencies, state agencies, businesses, and high schools as well to offer the training, which is generally free to the students.

This training trailer is a converted refrigerated semi-trailer. It houses 12 training stations that Josh Heibel – the instructor teaches important welding skills in sessions ranging from 16 – 160 hours. 

As shared by Tucker, “A typical training is whatever is needed. We can customize the curriculum to meet needs of students and companies. We really feel this is invaluable for businesses. It has probably exceeded our expectations as far as demand. At the same time, students are able to get jobs and careers in welding. By all measures, we would say this has been very successful for us and for the students we serve.”

Amid the success of this welding trailer, M State is tapping into grant funds for development of 3 additional trailers that provide training in terms of commercial driver’s licenses, precision measurement/ manufacturing, industrial/ construction workplace safety.

Also included in top 3 are Minnesota Board on Aging’s program that aids in moving home from long term care facilities, and Minnesota Department of Transportation’s process that accelerates bridge construction.

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