About MNSCU FTC

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is proud to incorporate our history of high quality instruction into a new approach for supporting the Minnesota Fire Service. Fourteen MnSCU Fire Training Programs provide high-quality, timely and standardized fire training to meet the needs to firefighters and fire departments across Minnesota.

The MnSCU Fire Training Consortium consists of representatives from each of the fourteen Consortium members including:

  • Advanced Minnesota Fire Training Program/NHED
  • Alexandria Technical College
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Minnesota State Community & Technical College
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Northland Community and Technical College
  • Pine Technical & Community College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • St Cloud Technical & Community College
  • South Central College

PURPOSE
The MnSCU Fire Training Consortium will be the principal group responsible for convening and coordinating fire training activities for the MnSCU Fire Training Consortium members.

SCOPE
It is the Consortium’s intent to collaborate on a system-wide basis to respond to fire training needs and opportunities; however, each campus will retain its local decision making authority and institutional reporting lines.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities of the Consortium are to:

  • provide a timely response to training needs and opportunities across the state of Minnesota
  • act as a forum to facilitate communication among fire administrators, fire managers, instructors and system office staff;
  • act as an advisory group to system leadership on issues related to allocation and MnSCU policy regarding fire training programs;
  • provide relationship management and communications with state organizations and key constituents regarding fire issues.

Additional members may be added per the Guidelines for Adding Institutions to the Fire Training Consortium.

MEMBER EXPECTATIONS
Members are expected to:

  • attend and participate in meetings as scheduled;
  • represent the positions of their constituents;
  • work with all members toward building consensus in Consortium decisions and recommendations;
  • communicate discussions and recommendations back to their constituents.

CONSORTIUM LEADERSHIP
Consortium leadership will consist of an administrator from each participating college. The administrator of the president of the Fire Program Managers shall serve as the chair of the Consortium and executive committee. The executive committee shall take the lead in identifying issues to be discussed by the Consortium, and help develop the full Consortium agenda. The executive committee shall consist of four administrators appointed by their peers. Members of the executive committee shall be appointed annually.

STANDING COMMITTEES
The Consortium has the following standing committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Marketing Committee

WORKING COMMITTEE
The Consortium has the following working committee:

  • Hiring Committee

DECISION MAKING
On matters within the purview of decision-making by the Consortium, consensus is preferred, however a majority vote may move issues forward if consensus cannot be reached.

BUDGET AUTHORITY
Based on input from the respective committees, the executive committee shall propose a budget (from the system office fire allocation) for approval by the Consortium.

MEETING TIMES AND DATES
The Consortium typically meets four times each year on a schedule and uses formats agreed upon by the consensus of the Consortium.

This initiative is being worked on by System Office employee Mary Rothchild. Her contact information is 651-201-1672 or mary.rothchild@so.mnscu.edu.