Thursday, August 7, 2014

Additional scholarship funding available



Important News!

Additional Early Learning Scholarship funding is now available! Kanabec County has been added!

Did you know half of all Minnesota Children are not fully prepared for Kindergarten?

High-quality early learning ensures our children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life; because of this, The Minnesota Department of Education is offering scholarships to help more families afford high-quality child care and early education programs. 

Do you have or know of a family who has a child age 3 or 4 as of September 1st, 2014?

*Exception: parents under the age of 21 pursuing a high school or general education equivalency diploma - Children birth to 5 are eligible.

Does the family live in Pine, Isanti, Mille Lacs, or Kanabec County?

They may be able to receive up to $5,000.00 to help offset High Quality Child Care!

Scholarship eligibility is based on family income. To find out more information please contact:

Annette Weaver
Professional Development Support Coordinator
Early Learning Scholarships
Pine Technical and Community College

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dr. Musgrove Announces Retirement

Pine Technical College President Robert Musgrove recently announced plans to retire at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Musgrove has served as president of the college since 1998.
“I am very proud of the many accomplishments PTC has seen during the 16 years I have been privileged  and we have improved the quality of our programs. We’ve grown in just about every possible way, and we have brought improved technology to the community. The faculty, staff, and students can be very proud of all that we have accomplished, and it has been a privilege to serve with them.”

Enrollment at PTC has increased 74 percent since 2003, which Musgrove believes is a direct reflection of the way the staff approaches program quality and student services. Musgrove views the change in the college’s mission and name – Pine Technical College will soon become Pine Technical and Community College – as a major achievement. The name change has been approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees and will become effective upon approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

“President Musgrove has left his mark not only on Pine Technical College, but on the state higher education landscape as well, earning recognition as the President of the Year in 2001 by the Minnesota State College Student Association,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “He has brought to his presidency an entrepreneurial spirit that has had a tremendously powerful impact on the way all of our colleges and universities are working together to find solutions to common challenges.”

Originally from Texas, Musgrove started his career in education teaching at Walton Middle School in Charlottesville, VA, in 1975. He held a number of positions within the public school system and private sector before joining the Texas State Technical College at Sweetwater in 1986 as an instructor and program chair for the English department. He was chief academic officer when he left Sweetwater in 1998 to join Pine Technical College. Musgrove was drawn to PTC in part by the possibilities he saw in the higher education merger that produced the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
A national search for a new president will be initiated in the fall with the expectation of an appointment to start on July 1, 2015.

Musgrove’s advice to his successor is simple: “Learn the place. Learn the people.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pine Tech IT Staff Member Earns State Recognition
Pine Technical College’s Stephen Bobowski was recently recognized for his work with PTC’s datacenter renovation project. Information technology directors from around the state nominated IT professionals for the IT Award for Excellence; Bobowski earned third place out of more than 30 nominations statewide.
The IT Award for Excellence is an opportunity to recognize exceptional work performed by IT personnel that reaches beyond the boundaries of their expected scope of influence. It is intended to highlight work performed that has a direct benefit to others inside or outside the Minnesota State Colleges or Universities.
Nominated by PTC’s Chief Information Officer Ken Ries, “Stephen successfully coordinated the complete renovation of the Pine Technical College Data center. Stephen worked with our stakeholders and contractors to ensure a successful renovation with minimal downtime for our partners.”
Bobowski has been with Pine Technical College for more than two years as a network technology specialist. He is also a graduate of several of PTC’s information technology programs, including network administration.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Pine Innovation Center ribbon cutting ceremony set

Pine Technical College’s business incubator, Pine Innovation Center, will officially open its 7,500 square-foot facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 18. The Pine Innovation Center is located at 585 Hillside Avenue Southeast in Pine City.
Following a welcome from PTC President Robert Musgrove, the ceremony will include special remarks from Minnesota District 8 Congressman Rick Nolan, Minnesota District 11 Senator Tony Lourey, Minnesota District 11B Representative Tim Faust, Jerry Fallos, representing U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Pine City Economic Development Authority member Frank Christopherson. Refreshments and tours will also be available after the ceremony.

The incubator will house and support hi-tech and light manufacturing entrepreneurs in the community, and, at the same time, the incubator will provide PTC students access to internships and practical experience in cutting-edge, hi-tech industry. The Pine Innovation Center holds the potential to become an effective tool to foster an environment where manufacturing and high-tech jobs can grow and develop and to create wealth within the region. The incubator will house light manufacturing and technology-based businesses working toward producing innovative products or services, and it has been designed to house two start-up companies simultaneously, as well as comfortable meeting space.
PTC and a body of experts from the Pine Area will provide consulting services, technical expertise, product evaluation, assistance with marketing and business planning, and much more to start-ups and growing businesses choosing to reside in the incubator while putting down roots. New companies will stay in the incubator for 3-4 years, while they are solidifying their businesses.  Then they will be required to move out, and the College will bring in another fledgling business and repeat the process.

According to Musgrove, it is a job creation strategy which improves the success rate of new companies.  “Around 50% of new companies don’t survive five years,” he explained.  “However, research shows that an incubation program boosts that success rate to around 84%.  And 87% of companies who are incubated remain in the community where they started.”

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pine Technical College’s Medical Assisting Program Earn Accreditation

Clearwater, FL – At its meeting on March 21, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) granted initial accreditation to the Pine Technical College’s Associate in Medical Assisting Program. Pine Technical College is located in Pine City, Minnesota.  The CAAHEP Board acted upon the accreditation recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Through the accreditation process, which includes a thorough review of the program, curriculum, faculty and staff, as well as a site visit of the program, the Medical Assisting program at Pine Technical College in Pine City, MN, was determined to be in substantial compliance with the nationally approved Standards and Guidelines for educational programs as established by the Medical Assisting profession. 

PTC’s Medical Assistant program prepares students to perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. Designed with flexibility in mind, coursework includes phlebotomy and electrocardiography (EKG/ECG) training, as the duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty.

CAAHEP accredits nearly 2,100 educational programs that prepare health professionals in 24 different disciplines.  Accreditation is one step in a process that is meant to protect the public and ensure a supply of qualified health care professionals.  For more information about CAAHEP and accreditation, visit

For information on the Medical Assisting program at Pine Technical College visit

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pine Tech Community Forum Addresses Mental Health Needs

The recent closure of Riverwood Centers underscores the lack of mental health workers and patient services throughout Minnesota, which is an ongoing concern for state officials. To address the issue, the Minnesota Legislature asked MnSCU to convene a summit and develop a state workforce plan. A community forum is slated for 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Pine Technical College.

Forums will be held throughout the state with the goal of developing a comprehensive plan to increase the number of qualified people working at all levels of Minnesota’s mental health system, ensuring appropriate coursework and training and creating a more culturally diverse mental health workforce.

“This is a large undertaking, and we need the community’s input and help,” said Stefanie Schroeder, Pine Technical College’s dean of workforce and economic development. “We want to gather information from providers, employers, consumers of mental health care, educators and others to assess the gaps and shortages in the mental healthcare workforce.”

Forum topics will include, but are not limited to, the wait time for individuals to see a mental health professionals, the challenges and length of time to fill mental health professional positions, whether students and graduates are meeting expectations of providers, strategies to recruit individuals to the mental health field and improvements needed to the mental health workforce and delivery system.

A team will use the results from the Pine Tech forum, as well as other forums held throughout the state, to create the comprehensive plan at a summit scheduled for May 28.

Forum organizers ask attendees to pre-register at and clicking on Pine City.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Michael Olesen Joins PTC Staff

Michael Olesen,  a technology and grant administrator with over 33 years of experience in higher education, has been appointed Director of the Rural Information Technology Alliance (RITA) Consortium at Pine Technical College. He will begin Monday, Feb. 10.
Back in September it was announced that Pine Technical College has received an $18.3 million four-college, multi-state consortium grant in part of an effort to expand demand-driven skills training, and strengthen employer partnerships. These grants are the third installment of a nearly $2 billion community college initiative, and the four-year grant began Oct. 1, 2013.    
Over the past five years Olesen was the Director of Information Technology, Biosciences, and Research for the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR). With UMR's transition to a system campus and the introduction of a Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology Research and Academic program and the launching of BS in Health Science in fall 2009, Olesen played the lead role in planning, developing, implementing, and managing UMR's information technology infrastructure. This included facilitating the development of UMR’s leading-edge Minnesota High Tech Associate (MHTA) TekNe award winning learning management system iSEAL (intelligent System for Educational Assessment and Learning) and implementing active learning classrooms at UMR. In addition, he was responsible for research administration and research programs of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program.
Prior to joining UMR, Olesen was Associate Director of the University of Minnesota Digital Technology Center where he was involved in building university-industry research consortia and Assistant Director of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute where he implemented high performance computing solutions.

Michael has a B.A. in History from Hamline University and a MS in Higher Education Administration from Saint Cloud State University.