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Marine and Small Engine Siploma and AAS Degree Program in Brainerd, MN

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Established in 1995 after a merger of two community colleges Brainerd Community College and Brainerd Staples Technical Colleges, Central Lakes College (CLC) is a two-year community and technical college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System with campuses in Brainerd and Staples. Central Lakes College is one of 31 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, offering over 70 programs courses in the liberal arts and sciences and technical programs.

CLC offers diploma and transfer degree programs such a s AA, AS and AAS. Apart from the degree and diploma programs, CLC Continuing Education offers a wide range of continuing education (open enrollment, non-credit) programs that are easily accessible and affordable. Individuals can gain new skills and knowledge, or keep their professional training up to date.

Central Lakes College serves over 6,000 students per year and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Education & Training Programs

Marine Technical Programs

  • Marine & Small Engine Technology Diploma (2 years): Courses in the Marine and Small Engine Technology Program are designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills needed for the rapidly growing recreational and power equipment fields. All aspects of maintenance and repair are taught, which include machine overhauls, shop operation, set up, and delivery. Graduates of this program typically become employed at dealerships as service technicians. The most common types of dealerships include outdoor power equipment, snowmobile, marine, motorcycle, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The program is conducted with industry partnerships with Mercury Marine, Bombardier Recreational Products, Arctic Cat and more. CLC Marine and Small Engine students out-perform their state peers by 10% and national students by 15% on the Skills USA Marine Service Technology Test
  • Marine & Small Engine Technology AAS Degree (2 years): After completing this program, students will be prepared for a variety of careers, including service technician, general manager, service manager, service writer, individual business owner, parts personnel, factory service representative, and parts manager. Also, Marine and Small Engine Technology Program has an articulation agreement with Bemidji State University for transfer to its Industrial Technology Program. 

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