Centers of Excellence promote connectivity between industry and Minnesota State colleges and universities. They help students gain access to the latest technologies and work-based learning opportunities, and facilitate education and training for business partners to meet their workforce needs today and into the future. The Centers help keep Minnesota’s economy globally competitive in six critical industry sectors: Agriculture, Energy, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering, and Transportation.

The work of the Centers are focused on the system’s strategic framework and provide a strong foundation for greater collaboration among our colleges and universities. They are responsive to the rapid changes in industry and employment, offer innovative teaching and learning strategies and career exploration programs for K-12 students.