Sheet metal manufacturer Du Fresne Manufacturing Company (represented on the Manufacturing Operations Management program Advisory Board) had the honor of receiving the Minnesota Performance Excellence Award based on Baldrige Criteria. It was the first Minnesota metal company ever to do so.
Brandon McNellis, the 2015 CCE Commencement student speaker, always knew he wanted to pursue a degree in business, but until the end of his sophomore year, he wasn’t sure of a specific direction. He chose Manufacturing Operations Management (MM) because he saw that this degree would give him a broad preparation for the many areas of business that interest him. The applied nature of the degree gave him real-world relevancy, and the flexibility of it allowed him to pursue a focus on supply chain management.
The College of Continuing Education has long been the home of interdisciplinary, cross-collegiate education at the University of Minnesota. So, too, has it been a home to adult learners of all backgrounds, featuring courses designed to meet the needs of busy adults, many of whom are balancing the demands of a family, a career, or other pressures.
Manufacturing Operations Management (MM), or as we sometimes call it, the "make stuff" degree, is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required for a career in the field of manufacturing. In business nothing happens until someone sells something--and there is nothing to sell until someone makes something. It is this awareness that is behind the Manufacturing Operations Management B.A.Sc. degree and the way we prepare our graduates to immediately contribute to the bottom line.
Career opportunities for the manufacturing sector are promising. That is because manufacturing is the third largest industry in Minnesota and accounts for more than 13 percent of jobs statewide.
If you asked Trinidad native Nyoka Giles 15 years ago where she saw herself in the future, she might have guessed correctly the part about her running collegiately and pursuing a degree that would allow her to help others. The part about doing both in Minnesota--a place that is the (literal) polar opposite of her homeland, though... that wouldn't likely have been her first thought.
In his inaugural address, new University President Eric Kaler reiterated his commitment to strengthening the U's community partnerships; and in doing so, helping students meet the global needs of the 21st century.