$2.1 Million in Equipment Grants Awarded to 19 MnSCU Institutions

Posted: November 26, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

Equipment grants totaling $2,126,000 have been awarded to 19 institutions in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The MnSCU grants will allow 19 colleges and universities to leverage an additional $3.8 million from business and industry for up-to-date equipment. The colleges and universities will contribute $787,000 for the equipment initiative.

The equipment grant funds were made possible by the 1998 Minnesota Legislature and enable colleges and universities to collaborate with business and industry, other educational institutions and public agencies to find ways to buy or lease more up-to-date industry equipment for students. The new equipment helps to ensure students that the programs and courses they take will make them job-ready when they graduate.

Institutions across the state received grants for a wide variety of equipment. For example, three colleges are working with computer network manufacturers to expand their computer network training labs; Alexandria Technical College will lease diesel equipment used in construction, mining and diesel engine repair; and Southwest State University will work with area employers to develop a lab to provide training to students on the use of geographic information systems technology.

"Each grant leverages substantial donations and participation from employers," MnSCU Chancellor Morris Anderson said. "That's what makes these significant. In many respects, these grants are a catalyst for the development of new and more relevant training and education programs across the state."

 


 

 

LEVERAGED EQUIPMENT GRANTS

PROPOSALS APPROVED FOR FUNDING, Nov. 25, 1998

 

MnSCU
Award

 

Alexandria Technical College:

$192,00

(Catepillar diesel engines and equipment, computer programmable logic control equipment for automated manufacturing)
Anoka-Hennepin Technical College:

58,720

(health careers equipment)
Anoka-Ramsey Community College:

56,220

(computer network lab expansion)
Century College:

89,463

(machine tool technology)
Dakota County Technical College:

194,299

(integrated voice and data telecommunications systems)
Inver Hills Community College:

144,066

(computer network lab expansion, emergency ambulance lab equipment)
Laurentian Community & Technical College District:

100,000

(equipment for welding program)
Minneapolis Community & Technical College:

120,000

(training center for HVAC and repair service technicians and equipment for digital imaging and photography)
Minnesota State University, Mankato:

100,000

(remote engineering design capabilities for manufacturing processes)
North Hennepin Community College:

99,500

(computers for customized training supported by employers, area education organizations and the Workforce Center)
Northland Community and Technical College:

100,000

(portable scaffolding equipment used in maintenance of large air crafts)
Northwest Technical College:

199,400

(industry certified telecommunications laboratory)
Pine Technical College:

50,035

(computerized numeric control machining equipment for precision manufacturing)
Red Wing/Winona Technical College:

100,000

(new lab for study of analog and digital programmable logic controls)
Ridgewater College:

65,526

(electrician equipment)
Rochester Community & Technical College:

198,650

(equipment for a regional computer networking lab and the IBM AS/400 training university)
Southwest State University:

73,190

(new geographic information systems lab)
St. Cloud Technical College:

86,500

(computer numeric controls and electrical discharge equipment)
St. Paul Technical College:

98,500

(wire cut electrical discharge machinery)

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