Aagard, along with its strategic partner, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, have invested in the skills and knowledge of students in the community.

Together, the two businesses match funds to support programs that work to ensure a highly skilled workforce for the future.

The outreach is focused on promoting careers in manufacturing at the high school, technical school and university level.

Examples of the programs that are supported include:

  • Robotics team and classroom equipment upgrades at Alexandria Area High School.

  • Mechatronics program at Alexandria Technical and Community College.

  • Robotics program at Central Lakes College in Staples.

  • Robotics, automation, mechatronics and technology program at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Recently, Aagard hosted a tour of more than 30 students and instructors from the Alexandria Technical and Community College mechatronics program.

The students received a hands-on manufacturing experience and were presented a matching grant for their program.

The funds will be used to purchased Human-Machine Interfaces, which are a dashboard that connects a person to a machine, system or device. It is the control interface that Aagard uses for its packaging automation systems.

Aagard has provided its customers with packaging automation optimized for space and capability for more than 20 years.

“We are inventive problem solvers, known for our innovative engineering, proven processes and commitment to deliver the exact solution to meet our customers’ challenges,” said Linda Anderson, marketing manager. “We thrive on unique challenges and building partnerships that not only maximize results but create a vision for the future.”