Historic first: Hennepin Technical College awards associate degrees to Light Rail Train Technicians

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Brooklyn Park, July 30, 2019 – Hennepin Technical College on Thursday will award the first light rail train technology degrees in the Minnesota State system.

The college, Metro Transit and Twin Cities R!SE, a nonprofit, partnered to train the six graduates, who are from underrepresented communities. The six will receive their associate degrees in a commencement ceremony after completing a three-year program. 

The graduates attended empowerment/life skills classes at R!SE and received college instruction at HTC in automation robotics, electronics and fluid power. They also received two and a half years of paid on-the-job training at Metro Transit’s light rail vehicle facilities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They are now eligible to apply for jobs as electro-mechanical technicians at Metro Transit, which start at about $27 an hour.

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