Professional Skills and Training

PTCC's professional skills courses and programs are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to secure a position in a variety of professional settings or advance in your current professional position.

Professional Skills & Training 




Intro to Aquaponics

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (soil—less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. It is a completely natural and healthy way to raise  food without the use of pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals. Completely organic, Aquaponic systems are four times more productive and use less water than conventional gardens. Aquaponics is the wave of the future and will revolutionize the  agricultural industry!

Benefits to Aquaponics:

  • Environmentally responsible
  • Low water usage
  • No chemicals
  • Grow foods year round
  • Grow foods in any size space
  • Low susceptibility to pests & diseases
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Know your food source

Bright Future Farms is partnering with PTCC’s Continuing Education and Customized Training Department  and will be offering classes in Aquaponics. The course will consist of 3 sessions ; 2 classroom and 1 greenhouse tour. Aquaponics is a great addition to the classroom, providing hands-one experience in STEM education, as well as agriculture. 

 In this course, you will learn:

  • Scientific methods of raising fish & produce in soil-less, self-sustaining recirculating system.
  • System types
  • Fish varieties
  • Nutrient Availability/Plant Selection
  • Factors for Successful growing

  Price: $95.00 

Course Dates: July 23/July 30/July 31 & Sep 10/17/18






7/23 & 7/30/2019


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Pine Innovation Center on the Pine Technical & Community College Campus



6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bright Future Farms LLC

9/10 & 9/17/2019


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Pine Technical & Community College Main Campus Building



6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bright Future Farms LLC

If you feel its important to eat healthy, fresh, natual, locally grown food, this is the course for you! 

Sign up today!! 



Leadership Training - Chisago County


It is a goal of the Chisago County HRA-EDA to provide college-based training for businesses and residents within the county, so the HRA-EDA has teamed up with Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) to create an Education Hub. The Education Hub provides training opportunities either on-line or in person. The 2 courses listed below are available at the HRA-EDA Office in North Branch or virtual from your own computer. Seating is limited to the first 20 registrants.


Active Shooter Safety Part 1 — Run, Hide, Fight Methodology

This session provides detailed application of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security- Run, Hide, Fight methodology as applied to your worksite. Numerous “thought drills” are part of the class to help participants mentally plan and prepare in case of an active threat at work or outside of work. All experts agree that mental preparedness saves lives! Preventative training needs to take place well ahead of time. An actual workplace violence incident day cannot be your employee training day! Participants will plan and mentally prepare how they will react in various locations at work in case of an incident. They will plot out safety escape routes and potential hiding places. They will learn rapid barricade building to secure a room and shelter in place as well as ways to secure a door without locks. They will learn the safest places to be in a room. In cases of close quarters interaction they will learn where to strike an assailant and what to use. A building security thought drill will be conducted to analyze the entire workplace to strengthen weak areas as well as find natural safe spots.

 Price: $69.99 Date: September 6, 2019 8:30am –10:30am

 Active Shooter Safety Part 2 - Management Prevention 

Learn how to make your workplace culture a safe one. Employees need to know what to do to prevent workplace violence. What should they be looking for and listening for? What are the red flags when they spot them? This class will analyze the psychological profiles of several well documented active shooter incidents in the U.S. as well as the circumstances leading up to the incidents. Participants will learn what motivates active shooters along with possible intervention techniques to stop an incident before it happens. Ideas for instilling a safety culture at work will be provided. Managers will be given tips in how to treat employees in regard to incident prevention. Participants will also learn about common offensive tools that are already present at most worksites and how they can be used for violence prevention.

 Price: $69.99 Date: September 20,2019 8:30am—10:30am

 For more information about Chisago County Resources contact:

Nancy Hoffman, Executive Director at

651-674-5664 or at


2019 AMBO Contractor Training Seminar Series


Egress Provisions of the 2015 MN Residential Code, Alternate Materials & Methods, plus MN Residential Energy Code

This interactive seminar is divided into three sessions. Part I will take an in-depth view of residential code requirements and best practices for stairways, landings, guards, handrails, etc. Illustrations will represent everyday problems and serve as the basis for discussion and resolution to the problems of the means of egress for dwellings. Part II will take a look at the use of alternate methods and materials and how jurisdictions document related code requirements. Attendees will be able to identify references required for alternate methods, determine acceptable testing materials, and compliance with the intent of the code. Part III will wrap up the day with 1 hour of the MN Residential Energy Code. Participation in discussions and Q & A is encouraged through the use of photographs of real-life installations, both correct and incorrect.

Course Dates: To Be Determined

Time: To Be Determined

Location: Pine Innovation Center

Click here to print brochure.

For more information contact:  Dawn Sandberg at (320) 629-5184 or


F107 Drone Certification: Drone Pilots Prep Course



The demand for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drone pilots is exploding! This 1 week course will get you the knowledge needed to successfully pass the FAA’s UAS Part 107 exam and begin your career in the drone industry. This certification is a requirement for anyone who wants to use a drone for commercial or financial gain.

Students will learn from an FAA certified pilot and professional aerial photographer and videographer. Emphasis will include an understanding of the major elements of the 107 exam including UAS regulations, operations, weather, airspace, communications, aeronautical decision making, and safety.

You are just 1 week away from a new career, part-time employment, or small business opportunity! US News and World Reports indicated that the average salary for a full-time drone pilot is $60,000 per year!

Drone piloting is part video game, part nature walk, part computer wiz and part visionary. Do you have what it takes to take your career to new heights?

To Register, contact Heidi Braun at (320) 629-5178 or

Course Dates: September 9-13, 2019

Time: 5pm - 9pm

 Location: Continuing Education Pine Innovation  Center

Click here for a printable brochure

For more information contact: Heidi Braun M.A.Ed., CPP, CCT, Director of Workforce Development at (320) 629-5178 or or Di Anna Abrahamsen, at (320) 629-5176 or

Click here to register online for the professional pilot training course.


ServSafe Certified Food Manager Certification 

New changes for the 2019 Minnesota Food Code now require all Persons In Charge (PIC) to become certified as a food protection manager!

Initial Course

This ServSafe Manager training program provides classroom instruction to help students prepare to take the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. Teaching methods include PowerPoint and DVD as well as a lecture from an instructor with experience in the field of Food Service. The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager is the highest certification awarded by ServSafe. The certificate is earned by passing the ServSafe Manager Exam. The exam focuses on five aspects of food service that can affect the safety of food:

  • Foodborne Microorganisms & Allergens
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Purchasing, Receiving and Storage
  • Preparation, Cooking, and Serving
  • Facilities, Cleaning/Sanitizing and Pest Managment

The 8-hour classroom instruction and review will be followed by the Certification exam. Students should have their exam scores within 3 days.

Date Time Cost Location
Monday, July 15, 2019 8:00AM - 4:30PM $167.06 Pine Innovation Center
Monday, Oct 21, 2019 8:00AM - 4:30PM $167.06 Pine Innovation Center


Monday, Apri 20, 2020 8:00AM - 4:30PM $167.06 Pine Innovation Center
Monday, July 20, 2020 8:00AM - 4:30PM $167.06 Pine Innovation Center


*Includes book & exam. You will need to have your textbook prior to the class. We will have them in our office for pick up or we will make arrangements to have it shipped to you.


ServSafe Refresher Course  




This course is for food managers who have been certified within the last three (3) years and need four (4) hours of continuing education to maintain their certification. This course does not provide initial food manager certification. Proof of a current certificate or an expired certificate (no longer than one (1) year from the date of expiration) is needed to enroll. If available, please bring your SERVSAFE book with you.

Monday, July 15, 2019 8:00AM - 12:00PM $75 Pine Innovation Center
Monday, Oct 21, 2019 8:00AM - 12:00PM $75      Pine Innovation Center
Monday, Apri 20, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM $75       Pine Innovation Center
Monday, July 20, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM $75       Pine Innovation Center

For more information contact -- Contact Di Anna Abrahamsen, 320-629-5176 or e-mail


Cooking For Large Groups 




Topics Covered During This Course:

  • Foodborne Illness
  • When You Plan
  • When You Shop and Transport Food
  • Personal Hygiene/Cross-Contamination
  • When You Prepare Food
  • When you Serve Food
  • Regulatory Matters
  • Student Questions/Scenarios

*This 4-hour course meets the State of MN requirements for the “Person In Charge” training requirements which is required for anyone working with food or food preparation. If the facility requires a license, then someone from the facility needs to be Food Safety Certified which is a separate course. *

*Please Contact Us Regarding Group Rates and Also Offering This Course At Your Facility*

TBD 8:00AM - 12:00PM $75 Pine Innovation Center

 *Includes booklet

For more information contact -- Contact Di Anna Abrahamsen, 320-629-5176 or e-mail



HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) & Crisis Management

The purpose of this 6-hour course is to help food service establishments create and implement a food safety system designed to keep the food they sell safe to eat. The 7 principles of HACCP are covered in detail. After attending the workshop attendees will be able to create their own HACCP plan for their establishment and put it into action. Also covered are steps on how to prepare, respond and recover from events or crisis that could have a drastic impact on the safety of the food being prepared and sold. Events covered include power outages, fires, floods, strong winds and tornados, pest infestations, foodborne illness outbreaks, and more. Sample plans and plan templates are provided.

Topics Covered

  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • HACCP defined
  • The 7 Principles Of HACCP
  • Preparing Your HACCP Plan
  • Forms And Logs Needed
  • Crisis Management - Plan Development: Preparation, Response, Recovery
  • Plan Templates

Intended Audience: Owners, operators, managers, and employees of food service facilities that prepare and sell or prepare and serve food to the public, including;

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Senior Care Facilities
  • Childcare facilities
  • Caterers
  • Restaurants
  • Fast food restaurants, including cafes & deli's
  • Any other establishments that prepare and serves food

All attendees will receive a certificate of completion after attending the workshop

Prerequisite: Food safety certification is recommended but not required

Course length: 6 hours (9:00 am to 3:00 pm)

Course fees include: booklets, templates, and lunch

For more information contact, Marge Fagerstrom at 320-629-5199 or at to get on our mailing list for the next class!


Customer Service Academy

Give your employees the tools to deal with challenging situations:

  • Help employees understand how their behavior impacts the customer.
  • Employees will learn seven behaviors that will enhance their customer service skills
  • Learn to identify barriers by being a good listener, asking questions, responding, and accepting feedback.
  • Learn how to prevent customer dissatisfaction in person or on the phone.
  • Modules are customized to your “Customer Service Needs”


Contact Dawn Sandberg, 320-629-5184 or e-mail


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