Minnesota State College Southeast has been awarded a $229,312 grant from the Jones Family Foundation and Red Wing Area Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation to support the college’s unique Bicycle Design and Fabrication program.
Launched in 2019, the Bicycle Design and Fabrication program at MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus offers a two-year associate of applied science degree with coursework in welding, prototyping, CAD (computer aided drawing/design), and CAM (computer aided manufacturing/machining) as applied specifically for bicycle fabrication. The first cohort of students graduated in 2021.
The grant funding will be dedicated to improving the student experience in the lab. Students will now have the opportunity to work on industry-standard advanced manufacturing equipment in the Red Wing facility.
Heather Conley, MSC Southeast Dean of Academic Innovation, says plans underway call for purchasing and installing a coordinated suite of new equipment, such as new CNC lathes, mills with full enclosure machining centers, and an industrial laser cutter.