Modern minds for the modern mines

The Iron Range Engineering program, a collaborative effort among Mankato State and community colleges on the Iron Range, will present diplomas to its first graduates Saturday. This WDIO story introduces us to Christine Nelson, a graduate who is already working as a project engineer at United Taconite in Eveleth.

The mission of the program is to connect students on and off the Iron Range with the sort of specialized engineering jobs that will soon be opening as industrial technology becomes more sophisticated and efficient, and when many current engineers retire. The hope is to get more creative minds working on the Range, not only to fill jobs in the mines and other heavy industrial fields, but to bring ideas as well.


  1. If I could “like” this post I would! YES YES YES! I believe that bringing in diversity and talent is one of the major solutions to much of our woes on the Range. Great post.

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