College foundation hosts manufacturing forum, scholarship benefit

The Power of U.S. Manufacturing forum was hailed as a resounding success by many of the people who attended the evening event hosted by the Anoka Technical College Foundation.

The forum and scholarship fund-raiser attracted more than 170 industry and community leaders, as well as faculty, staff and students from the technical college.

Sharon Jones, the vice president of technology for the sporting group of Alliant Techsystems and president of the college foundation, facilitated the perspectives of four guests: Mark DeYoung, chief executive officer for Alliant Techsystems; Michael Langley, chief executive officer of the Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership; Scott Anderson, Wells Fargo senior economist; and Michael Dougherty, the vice chancellor for advancement at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The 60-minute dialogue focused on the health, future and limitations of the manufacturing industry in the United States.

The forum concluded with messages regarding how businesses, industries and technical educational institutions like Anoka Tech are instrumental in preparing the work force and sustaining manufacturing in the U.S.

According to Dougherty, manufacturing training has shifted as manufacturing jobs have changed from mostly physical labor to a combination of physical labor and skilled trade and business know how.

Proceeds from the event supported scholarships for full- and part-time students at the college. The event raised over $19,000 for scholarships.

The event was made possible through the support of Federal Premium, Caterpillar Global Paving Products, Pentair Technical Products, Mate Precision Tooling, Tolerance Masters, Wilson Tool, Connexus Energy, Cretex Companies, Meier Tool & Engineering, Inc., Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Education Foundation, Northeast Bank and PSD Land Development.

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