Riverland accepted to center of excellence

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Riverland Community College has been accepted as a full member in the 360 degree Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence — one of two manufacturing centers of excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The 360 network includes more than 50 manufacturing and applied engineering programs from certificates to master’s degrees.

Programs include machining, welding, and automation and robotics, as well as engineering technology and applied engineering.

Membership grants Riverland voting rights on planning, budgets, projects, articulation agreement development and sharing of resources.


Through 360, Riverland will receive a $54,000 budget to be used in fiscal 2009.

The funds will be used to cover the cost of travel to meetings and the purchase of three new technology systems for manufacturing programming, including a Thermal Imaging system and software, Vibration Analysis system and software and a Laser Alignment system and software.

Funds also will be used to train faculty on the new systems.

Other institutional partners in 360 include Bemidji State University -- the lead institution, Central Lakes College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Technical College, Saint Paul College and St. Cloud Technical College.

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