Hennepin Technical College (HTC) has won a $2.6 million grant from the federal Department of Labor to boost skills training for students to work in the biosciences industry.
HTC, based in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, offers training in manufacturing, quality control, and research and development.
The college is one of two manufacturing-focused institutions in the country to receive the grant.
Industry officials in Minnesota have long warned about the lack of qualified students to work in the state’s important medical device industry.
St. Cloud State University recently added a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Clinical Research, a program that will teach students how to design, conduct and evaluate clinical trials in medical devices.
The school’s relatively new Regulatory Affairs and Services Graduate program offers courses like “Regulatory Submission/Application Requirements for Medical Devices, “International Regulatory Affairs: European Union, Canada, Japan, and Australia,” and “Reimbursement for Medical Technology.”
HTC director of operations Cherie Rollings said biosciences is the one few bright spots in country’s struggling manufacturing sector.