PINE RIVER — Central Lakes College, a public community and technical college serving Central Minnesota, is offering two courses at its Pine River Outreach Site, as well as many more online.
Introduction to Manufacturing, a two-credit class that provides a basic overview of manufacturing processes and opportunities, will be held from Jan. 31 to April 24.
Students will participate in a manufacturing simulation in which they will analyze the manufacturing process for a product and redesign the process to incorporate a teaming approach. Students will be given an introduction to the critical nature of safety in manufacturing and to the role of the individual in maintaining a safe work environment.
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills through interactive exercises conducted in a team setting. Debriefing these exercises with all members of the class helps ensure that the exercises translate into personal and interpersonal learning for the participants.
Practical Writing, a three-credit class, will meet from Feb. 2 to April 26, helping students learn to structure business correspondence, including memos, letters, executive summaries, and e-mails.
Longer reports will include proposals, mechanism reports, and multi-step, collaborative reports. Students will learn to represent information for different audiences, such as co-workers, the public and upper-level administration, and they will use media such as power point presentations to enhance their messages.
Because writing is often collaborative, the course will emphasize working in groups, treating group members ethically, developing time lines for projects and dividing work within the group.
The Outreach Site includes a computer lab that is open from 4 to 9 p.m. daily at 980 First St. North in Pine River.
The facility enables students to take online and on-site classes from Central Lakes College toward an Associate in Arts degree. For more information, call Admissions at CLC (800) 933-0346. Information is available at www.clcmn.edu.
This higher education project is made possible by a partnership of CLC, Initiative Foundation, Cass County Economic Development Corp., and Pine River-Backus School District.