Janice Bengton

Pairing HTC’s technical education with the Minnesota State University Moorhead Operations Management 2+2 program can be fast track to bachelor’s degree.

Janice Bengtson was ready for a career change in 2000. Having worked in restaurant management, she knew she wanted higher pay and better benefits. She made the change to manufacturing, landing a job with an apprentice program in injection molding, which included training at HTC. The bad news is that Bengtson got laid off. The good news is that she continued her training at HTC and earned a certificate. And she didn’t stop there.

For Bengtson, who lives in Bloomington, Minn., the next goal was earning a diploma in Plastics Manufacturing Technology. That was in 2004. She completed the program and found a good job. She later was laid off, and that’s when she decided to complete an A.A.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering.

“My education has gotten me better pay with each job I’ve gotten,” says Bengtson. “I have been laid off, but I’ve moved ahead with each new job.” That’s why, when she heard about the Minnesota State University Moorhead Operations Management 2+2 program, she made up her mind to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“With the technical knowledge I gained from HTC and the management skills from Moorhead, it’s a great combination,” Bengtson says. “My education has widened my horizons and made me more versatile.”

That’s what Ken Karr, MSU-Moorhead assistant professor of operations management, is quick to point out. “Our program is a great fit for many HTC graduates,” explains Karr. “Adding management skills to their technical knowledge opens new opportunities for being promoted.” Classes are taught at MSU-Moorhead, North Hennepin Community College, and online. Bengtson completed her degree using a combination of online courses and face-to-face classes at North Hennepin. “For me, it was easier to have the instructors and fellow students there in the classroom for chemistry, algebra, and statistics,” she says.

According to Karr, students currently in the 2+2 program include both recent HTC graduates and working adults who want to advance their education and potential for promotion on the job. “They gain the skills to move up the ladder,” he emphasizes. That’s what Bengtson has found.

Even when she has been laid off from a job, Janice Bengtson has felt optimistic about the future. Now she’s hoping to find a job in manufacturing management, product supervision or product management. With a combination of technical and management skills, she’s ready to excel.

For information about the MSU-Moorhead Operations Management 2+2 program, contact Jessica Endres-Nicola, Twin Cities Programs and Transfer Recruiter, at (763) 424-0915, endres@mnstate.edu, or Ken Karr, MSUM Assistant Professor at North Hennepin Community College, (763) 424 -0973, kenneth.karr@mnstate.edu.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2016-08-19 08:36:13