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Serving Students and Schools

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Education Foundation was formed to address the shortage of people entering the manufacturing field by supporting students, school technical programs, and educational institutions.

  • The Foundation awards scholarships to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field.
  • The Foundation donates money to schools to help them finance the purchase of much-needed new equipment and software. Providing them with the necessary tools for properly educating our youth ensures that new employees are ready and prepared for their careers in manufacturing.

 


Application Process Open for 2020 Education Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's (MPMA) Education Foundation offers scholarships to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field. In 2020, the Education Foundation will award scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.

» Learn more about the MPMA scholarship application process

» Fill out the MPMA Scholarship Application Online

» Download a PDF of the MPMA Scholarship Application

Last year, $15,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to 21 students enrolled in manufacturing programs at Alexandria Technical & Community College, Bemidji State University, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College, North Dakota State College of Science, Pine City Technical and Community College, Ridgewater College, and South Central College.


Two $30,000 Donations Made to Minnesota State Scholarship Program

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Education Foundation supports Minnesota State.  The Foundation has made two contributions of $30,000 each (in 2018 and 2020) for scholarships that are offered to new students entering advanced manufacturing programs at Minnesota State colleges. 

The Education Foundation's contributions supplement scholarships offered to students entering advanced manufacturing programs that are being offered under the Workforce Development Scholarship program.

“MPMA is excited to partner with Minnesota State to support advanced manufacturing scholarships,” said Steve Kalina, president/CEO of MPMA. “The opportunity to support this program and encourage students to pursue manufacturing as a career has motivated our industry to collaborate with education on a much deeper level to strengthen the development of our workforce.”

Workforce Development Scholarships are available to new students enrolling at any Minnesota State college in associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs that prepare graduates for careers in high demand sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, and information technology.

Students interested in learning more about these scholarships or applying for admission, or employers or associations interested in funding scholarships within specific sectors should contact any of the 30 colleges or seven universities of Minnesota State. Additional information is available at https://minnstate.edu/stories/wds.


2019 - 2020 Pledge Drive

The 2019-2020 pledge drive to benefit the MPMA Education Foundation has raised approximately $9,000. 

The donations help fund:

  • Scholarships to Minnesota students pursuing careers in manufacturing.
  • Funding for Minnesota educational institutions so that students have state-of-the-art equipment and software.
  • Continuing donation to Minnesota State’s Workforce Development Scholarship Program.

Thank you to our 2019-20 Donors:

  • Cass Precision Machining
  • CBRE
  • Tom & Silvia Chacon
  • Cincinnati Tool Steel Co.
  • Colburn Manufacturing Company
  • Continental Machine
  • DS+B | CPAs + Business Advisors
  • EDM Tech Center. Inc.
  • Federated Insurance
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Hill Industrial Tools
  • Imagineering Machine
  • Korin Electronics Repair & Assembly
  • Lake Engineering
  • LB Carlson, LLP
  • Leuer Management
  • John Madsen
  • Nelson Numeric
  • NTM, Inc.
  • Production Engineering Corp.
  • Twin City EDM & Manufacturing Inc.
  • Twin City Staffing


Annual Shoot for Scholarships Event Benefits Education Foundation

Each September, MPMA members come together for the MPMA Education Foundation's Annual Shoot for Scholarships program at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake.

Bring your co-workers, friends, colleagues, and customers for an afternoon of shooting sporting clays while raising money for the MPMA’s Education Foundation. Cost is $150 per person, or, $850 for a group of 5, plus station sponsorship. This includes sporting clays at 18 stations. Bring your own guns/shells/hearing protection, or rent/purchase them from the club at $15 per gun, $8.50 per 25 shells, and 50 cents for earplugs.

There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities including: Station Sponsor, Gun Board Sponsor, Shell Sponsor, On-Course Beverage Sponsor, Cocktail Sponsor, and Lunch Sponsor.

Watch for more details in the "Events" section on this website.


Donate to MPMA Education Foundation - a 501(c)3

Donating to the Foundation helps ensure a strong and viable workforce for the future. Your support has a direct impact on the future of precision manufacturing in the state of Minnesota. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation. Donations may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor. Our Federal Tax ID number is 41-1889792.

To learn more about how you can donate to the Foundation, please call us at 952.564.3041.

> Make a Donation to the Education Foundation (PDF)


MPMA Education Foundation Board of Directors

Officers

  • President: John Madsen, Black Line Group
  • Vice President: Mike McGee, retired educator
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Laurent Deconinck, Machining Technology

Board Members

  • Tom Chacon, S & T Chacon
  • E.J. Daigle, Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Barb Dorumsgaard, NTM Inc.
  • Eric Hawkinson, CBIZ MHM, Inc.
  • Mark Paetznick, Fidelity Bank Equipment Finance
  • Jesse Schelitzche, Imagineering Machine