Founded in 1961, Alexandria Technical College originally opened with only 3 offered programs: machine shop, carpentry, and farm equipment mechanics. Since its inception, the school has transitioned from being classified as a local school to an official Minnesota State College in 1995. It was the first two-year college to receive accreditation in Minnesota by the Higher Learning Commission.
Today the school offers over 50 academic programs, allowing students to obtain an associate’s degree geared toward direct entry into the work force or to transfer to another school to complete the remainder of a four-year baccalaureate degree. The school also offers a wide range of one-year certificate and diploma programs. ATC claims to have the highest career placement out of all 2-year public colleges in Minnesota, with around 90% of graduates finding employment within their specific fields.
The student body ranges around 3,500. The largest offered fields of study are law enforcement, nursing, and diesel mechanics. No student housing is offered on campus; however, there are many apartments and houses for rent within walking distance.