Why Southeast Tech relies on industry

“If we don’t partner with businesses we might have to close some of our programs.”

Minnesota College – Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson on recent partnerships his college has formed with businesses such Fastenal, which on Monday delivered $150,000 in tooling and lathe equipment. Southeast Tech will use it for free in its precision machining program this fall.

A Fastenal VP told the Winona Daily News the partnership will help the company train students, whom it will recruit for its Winona plant.

(Something I’ll file away for the future-role-of-business-in-vocational-technical-education discussion that has recently been (sort of) revived in Minnesota.)

One interesting tidbit:

Fastenal has previously partnered with colleges and universities in South America and other countries where they have manufacturing facilities, but this is the first time that they have partnered with Southeast Tech.

Read the full Winona Daily News story here.