M-Powered is a demand-driven and employerfocused sector initiative that provides a fast-track training program to help unemployed individuals develop in-demand skills in Minnesota’s growing precision metal manufacturing industry. Coconvened by HIRED and HTC, M-Powered is a consortium of manufacturing industry leaders, training partners, and community champions that first came together in 2004, when they received a grant from the National Association of Manufacturers.

M-Powered is focused on meeting the needs of manufacturing employers in the Twin Cities who are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers while also offering a first step on the career ladder for unemployed workers. Training is offered in four career tracks: Computer Controlled Micro-machining Technician, Precision Metal Stamping Technician, Quality Process Technician, and Soldering/Clean-room Manufacturing Technician.