RED WING, Minn. (BRAIN) — Industry companies in the Upper Midwest are lending their support to a local community college’s new engineering program focused on the design and fabrication of bicycles and their components.
Next fall, Minnesota State College Southeast’s campus in Red Wing, located 60 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, will introduce Bicycle Design & Fabrication, a two-year associate of applied science degree program. In addition to equipping students to enter the bike industry, the coursework was designed to equip them with the engineering skills to work in the region’s high-tech manufacturing economy.
“Where we live in the Upper Mississippi (River) area is the most engineering- and manufacturing-dense area of the country. It’s unbelievable how much high-tech employment there is here,” said Travis Thul, MSC Southeast’s dean of trade and technology. “And you combine that with a very, very low unemployment rate, and it becomes very difficult to try to reach out to young people and inspire them to get into this unbelievably critical career field, which includes welding, machining, fabrication — the core, core technical programs that are critical to our long-term viability.”
Major manufacturers in the college’s area include Red Wing Shoes, Valley Craft Metal …read more