Central Lakes College President Dr. Larry Lundblad and Ann Valentine, president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, announce a new degree program at the Staples campus of CLC. Starting this fall, M State’s two-year Industrial Mechanical Maintenance program will be housed in space formerly occupied by part of the Central Lakes Diesel Technology program at Staples. It will be a program directed by M State of Wadena. Students will have access to the same amenities offered to CLC students at Staples, such as food service, intramurals, and other student life activities. It is estimated that about 20 students will be accepted as the first cohort in this program, which will provide ample facilities and equipment for hands-on training to enrolled students. Pending grant funding, a single instructor from M State will teach the curriculum in the fall.