Cambridge supports a well educated, hard-working workforce. Almost 80% of the workforce has at least a high school diploma. Over 30% has attended college or graduate school. Our High School graduation rates top 92%, which is well above the national average.
"Most people talk about one particular teacher that made a difference in their lives. In my case, there were four: Deanna Hanson, Kay Pekel, Wendy Gruss and David Faust. Whatever success I've enjoyed is in part the result of the time, care and inspiration these great people gave me. When I tell people this, they often say, 'Four? You had so many good teachers in your schools that four of them inspired you?' 'Well,' I answer back, ' I guess you've never been to Cambridge Minnesota!" - Bill True, Screenwriter and Producer
High School Tech Training Programs
- Widely recognized technical training programs at Cambridge-Isanti High School provide a ready pool of skilled graduates to local employers. A National model for cooperative education, the school partners with local manufacturers on innovative career readiness and technical education training.
- The High School's welding program is recognized for its rigor and success. Students regularly take awards at the National and State level.
- Cambridge is one of few High Schools in the nation to offer a (NATEF) National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation program.
- Computer education is a graduation requirement for all students.
Colleges and Universities
- Progressive technical training opportunities keep young people in the community and provide opportunities for working individuals to upgrade skills and pursue new career goals. Area employers work closely with our schools to develop the workforce skills needed locally.
- Anoka Ramsey Community College offers 14 associate degree programs, numerous certificate programs and customized training for businesses. Located on the Rum River, the campus delivers career programs in computer networking, geographic information systems, business, nursing and physical therapy.
- Anoka Ramsey works closely with the North Metro Medical Device Industry to develop industry-specific programs in biomedical technology and clinical research. It also partners with area medical device and manufacturing firms to fund and develop customized training programs for incumbent workers. More than $5.6 million in job training grants have been awarded to the medical device industry since 1997.
- Nearby Pine Technical College works closely with Cambridge manufacturers on a variety of training programs. The Northern Technology Initiative (an East Central regional economic development initiative) enhances the region's ability to attract high-tech companies. Certificate, diploma and associate programs are offered in:
- Business Administration
- Manufacturing/Machining Technology
- Computer Science
- Prototyping & Reverse Engineering
- Virtual Reality
- Computer Networking/Programming
- Automotive Technology
- Management of Information Systems
Workforce Training Programs
- Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
- Customized Training Programs
- Minnesota Workforce Center
- East Central Minnesota Workforce Partnership