Advanced Manufacturing Education Alliance (AME)

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Advanced Manufacturing Education Alliance (AME) received a $13,100,920 Round Two grant award to provide specialized postsecondary education to trade-impacted and other dislocated workers, long-term unemployed, veterans, and incumbent workers who were seeking employment or seeking to advance their career paths in the manufacturing industry.

“Being able to get in the shop, hands-on, [to] work on the machines and get that experience for a job.” – Student 1

One student commented, “You can learn something in a book, you can know it front to back, but to actually know how to do it with your hands is major and we have a lot of that here.” – Student 2

Defining Features of Project:

  • Worked closely with employers and public workforce system partners to develop and offer new and modified industry-aligned credentials.
  • Provide a technology-enriched environment.
  • Develop and integrate a hybridized and modularized curriculum.
  • Facilitate comprehensive and continuous student support for persistence and engagement.

Project and Outcome Report
ProjectAdvanced Manufacturing Education Alliance (AME)
InstitutionCentral Lakes College-Brainerd
Outcome ReportAME Final Evaluation Report
Industry SectorManufacturing
Grant Completed9/30/16
Grant Amount$13,100,920
Participation Metrics
Participation3,903 participants
Completed program of study3,518 students
Participants earning credentials1,693
Employment*827 employed after completion

*= As of the time of the Final Evaluation Report
Source: Grantee’s Third-Party Evaluation


“I learn a lot more here because of the hands-on stuff.” – Student 3