- On Tuesday, December 2 at the latest "APEX Insider" event, more than 35 APEX investor-members and guests enjoyed an exclusive private reception and tour of Lake Superior College's new Downtown Center, located at 120 N. 2nd Avenue West. Featured speakers from Lake Superior College (LSC) included Dr. Patrick Johns, President, Jenni Swenson, Dean of Business and Industry, and Brian Hanson, APEX President and CEO. Remarks from the speakers included LSC’s enrollment growth, new programs and facilities, and current and future business partnerships – and the vital part APEX has played in all of it.
The Downtown Center is the new home of LSC's expanding integrated manufacturing program. With 33,700 square feet of space for classrooms, machining, welding and CAD/CAM labs, and a cutting-edge fabrication lab with a 3D printer for rapid prototyping, the facility will help LSC accommodate the fast-growing enrollment in the integrated manufacturing program, which is up 12% year over year.
The College continues to expand its footprint in the Duluth region. In late November, LSC announced the signing of a 10-year lease of Hangar 103 with the Duluth Airport Authority. This 40,000-square-foot space will house LSC's Center of Advanced Aviation. Students in LSC's aviation programs – including the new Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program - will benefit from proximity to and partnership with companies like Cirrus and AAR. LSC is working with AAR now to develop an Aircraft Maintenance Support training program.
"The new Downtown Center has not only enabled us to meet the demand for advanced manufacturing education, it also opens up new program and partnership possibilities," said Dr. Johns, LSC President. "No doubt the same will be true of the facility to be built out at Hangar 103."
"With the Downtown Center, LSC has again demonstrated its powerful commitment to the economic well-being of our region and its people," said APEX President and CEO Brian Hanson. "APEX treasures LSC as a partner and vital builder of workforce value and capacity. Our investor-‐members were impressed by the sophistication of its facility and program-‐building strategy."
Lake Superior College is an accredited college offering over 90 certificate, diploma and associate degree programs, including pre-baccalaureate majors for students who wish to transfer to a 4-year university. LSC tuition is the third-lowest in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system.
"APEX has had a huge hand in fostering Duluth’s current industrial renaissance," continued Dr. Johns. "LSC is committed to creating and providing the education pathways needed to give people in-‐demand skills, develop the workforce here, and ultimately dovetail our efforts with APEX’s to fuel sustainable growth across our region."