Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a two-year, public institution of higher education, located in the city of Granite Falls, Minnesota.
The college was founded in 1997 from the merging of Worthington Community College and Southwestern Technical College.The institution has five campuses in southwestern Minnesota: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone and Worthington and four learning centers in Fairmont, Luverne, Marshall, and Redwood Falls.
Demographics at Minnesota West Community and Technical College are as follows:
- About 3,200 students enrolled
- Student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1
- About 38 percent of students study full-time
- Approximately 57 percent of students are female
- About 81 percent of students are White
- Approximately 47 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
- More than 80 percent of students come from Minnesota
Minnesota West offers more than 60 Liberal Arts and Sciences programs that are transferable to four-year institutions and technical and career programs that lead to employment or transfer. Students can earn diplomas, certificates, Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, and Associate in Science degrees. Minnesota West offers classes through multiple delivery methods: traditional classrooms, interactive television (ITV) classrooms, and online. About 57 percent of students at Minnesota West Community and Technical College are enrolled in distance education. Students can take a single online course or may choose to complete a program or degree online. Currently, students can complete an Associate in Arts degree totally online. ESL courses are provided for students who wish to learn English.
Student services include: tutoring assistance, computer labs, career planning appointments with a counselor, participating in student life activities, and free disability services.
Student organizations on-campus include Alpha Nu Kappa, Student Ambassadors, Art Club, Athletics, Intramural Athletics, Business Professionals of America, Carpentry Club, College Ambassadors, Cosmetology Club, Cultural Diversity Club, Law Enforcement Club, Music, PAS, Skills USA, Student Senate, Theater, and Uncover Magazine. Athletic teams at Minnesota West Community and Technical College include men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, women’s softball, women’s volleyball, and men’s wrestling. The Minnesota “Blue Jays” compete in the NJCAA.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College has an open admissions policy. To be eligible for admission, students must have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED). To enroll, students must complete an online application, take the college assessment test, complete orientation, and register for classes. Admission to Minnesota West does not guarantee admission to college-level courses or programs of study. Some programs (Law Enforcement, Nursing, Radiologic Technology) require an additional admissions process.
About 91 percent of students at Minnesota West Community and Technical College receive financial aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year after January 1. Forms of financial aid include Federal Grants, Minnesota State Grants, Alliss Grant, Minnesota West Scholarships, outside scholarships, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Minnesota SELF Loan, Federal Work Study, and Private Loans.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but les than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:1,357
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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