Ranken Technical College, in partnership with the City of St. Louis, and industry support, has built and operates a Manufacturing Incubator/Training Center. Based upon Ranken’s microenterprise concept, the initiative will:

Provide students an integrated work-based experience which provides work experience, industrial training, certifications, college credit and/or part time salary. The operation will directly support pre-apprentice training, apprenticeship training and entrepreneurial start-ups, as well established industries. Additionally, several training programs will utilize the facility. Initial employment will be 80-100 students.

Participating industries receive low cost manufacturing services/products, while directly participating in training/education of potential future employees. Beyond the application of fundamental technology skills, advanced students will participate in the operation of the work cell including areas of logistics, human resources, finance, and quality assurance. Long term sustainability would be provided from revenues generated from production (approximately $4M annually) from student workforce. It is a win-win for all participants!

Keep up on the current progress of this micro enterprise work based learning model by visiting our progress page.

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