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We are the only two-year college in the U.S. that offers a Certificate in Vacuum Technology. Several organizations have recognized how important it is to provide education in this enabling technology through a series of grant awards, matching funds, and an endowment.

The Vacuum and Thin Film Technology Department at Normandale:

  • Received a donation of nearly $500,000 from the estate of Philip and Doris Danielson, who both passed away in 2015

  • Received matching funds from the Minnesota Matching Funds Program

  • Received $1,812,222 from the National Science Foundation

This work was make possible with grants from the National Science Foundation DUE #1400408 and (DUE # 1700624) from the Advanced Technology Education program.

Grant Awards

2014 - 2018: ReVAMP: Revising Vacuum technology, an Advanced Manufacturing Program (DUE # 1400408) (H2)

Outcomes: Update course content and assemble the infrastructure (telepresence classroom; Vacuum Education Training systems) to deliver hands-on vacuum technology education in real time across the country.

2017: Developing Industry and Academic Partnerships to Deliver Vacuum Technology Education via Telepresence

2017 - 2021: Distance Education and Learning In Vacuum technology for Employment Readiness (DELIVER) (DUE # 1700624) (H2)

Outcomes: Scaling up the number of business and academic partners who enroll their employees and students.

Project Outcomes Report: TBD

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