Anoka-Ramsey gets grants to work with businesses

Anoka-Ramsey Community College has been awarded two Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grants to work with local businesses.

One was a $265,000 grant with MultiSource Manufacturing, a precision machining company working with the semiconductor, aerospace and defense industries; the other was $47,000 grant to allow Anoka-Ramsey to work with Suburban Manufacturing to train and enhance the skills of its employees.

Over the next two years, Anoka-Ramsey will provide training at MultiSource’s four locations in the Twin Cities metro area (Ramsey, Anoka, Minnetonka and Burnsville). The training will include classes in CNC machining, geometric dimensioning and solid works as well as various classes teaching lean manufacturing strategies.

Leveraging on the recent alignment between Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Technical College, Anoka Tech will provide some of the technical classes.

Over the past two years, as the result of a previous MJSP grant for $45,000 and a customized training contract, MultiSource has merged its Blaine and Fridley divisions into one new location in Ramsey.

“We [Anoka-Ramsey] are proud to be able to deliver results-oriented learning programs that equip employees in our community with new skills and knowledge to achieve lasting career success,” said Steve Jones, director of training at Anoka-Ramsey and grant coordinator.

“Further, the training classes developed through these grants will then available for other businesses and employees in the region.”

The grant with Suburban Manufacturing, an engineering driven manufacturing organization meeting needs in defense, hydraulics, oil and gas, automotive, agriculture, construction and utility and industrial markets is designed to respond to this need.

The grant will allow Anoka-Ramsey to work with Suburban Manufacturing to train and enhance the skills of Suburban employees, while the developed training can later be repurposed to train employees from around the region.

Specifically, Anoka-Ramsey will develop training for Suburban employees in statistical process control, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), essentials of dimensional metrology, quality management – root cause analysis and problem solving, project management, customer service excellence and Excel computer software.

According to Peter Thompson, chief executive officer of Suburban Manufacturing, the employee skills and knowledge gained from the training provided by Anoka-Ramsey will assist the company in its goal to double in size over the next few years and obtain world-class performance.

In addition to custom engineered solutions, Suburban offers a complete line of standard products sold under the Tsunami and Lube Minder brands.

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