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Established on July 1, 1995 by the merger of Brainerd Community College and Brainerd Staples Technical College; Central Lakes College or CLC is a two year community and technical college located in Brainerd, Minnesota. It also operates a campus in Staples, Minnesota. CLC is one of the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities providing outstanding, affordable education in over 45 communities across the state.


Academic tracks include both liberal arts and science programs. Students can earn the college also offers diploma and certificate programs in diverse areas of study including business, manufacturing, computer, media communication, environmental, health and human services. Some of the career programs include Accounting A.A.S., Applied Engineering Technology A.A.S., Accounting Diploma, Engineering A.S., and Administrative Assistant AAS.

Additionally, there are a variety of specialized management programs including Current Issues in Farm Business Management Certificate, Farm Business Management Diploma, Essentials of Farm Business Management Certificate, Applications in Farm Business Management Certificate, Advanced Farm Business Management Certificate, Agricultural Commodities Marketing Certificate, Computerizing Small Business Diploma, Advanced Systems in Computerizing Small Business Certificate, Applications in Computerizing Small Business Certificate, Small Business Management Diploma, and Advanced Small Business Management Certificate.

Online Education

The online division aims to defy the geographical barriers and provide quality education to students that are unable to attend a traditional college. Students can earn an online degree without having to visit the campus. Some of the popular online programs are Emerging Digital Technologies Certificate, Enology A.A.S., Enology Diploma, Viticulture A.A.S., Automation Technologies Certificate, and the Welding Technology Certificate.

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Students seeking admission must send the online application form along with required transcripts. Getting a transfer to the college is fairly easy. Applicants must submit their official transcripts from previously attended institutes. International students are welcome, but students from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers several aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses.All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Scholarships are the gifts that do not require any repayment. Students may also be eligible for loans, however this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Some of the different types of loans available to students are the Federal Direct PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student); Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans; Perkins Loan, and the Federal Family Education Loan.

Students can also opt for work study programs that enable them to take up part time jobs to pay for their own college education. Apart from helping them earn money to be financially independent, this type of financial aid program also helps students gain work experience in their field of interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4463rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students are encouraged to participate in the diverse on-campus clubs and organizations based on their interests. Some of the popular clubs are Spanish Club, Diversity Leadership Council (DLC), Psychology Club, Law Enforcement Club, Equality Coalition, Natural Resources Club, International Club, Dental Assistants Club, Accounting Club, AD Nursing Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Brainerd PN Nursing Club, Creative Imaging Association, Farm Business Management, and Machine Trade Club. The Student Senate is the voice of the student body. It provides leadership opportunities for personality development; and builds the community through activities, programs, and student organizations.

The Theatre Department is an exciting part of the college community. The institute boasts six productions during the academic year as well as three to four additional summer shows held at the theatre. This presents an unmatched opportunity for theatre study and theatre experience. Students may also qualify to join Delta Psi Omega, the national theater honor society.

Student musicians are encouraged to participate in the community band, jazz band, choir, brass ensemble, and private lessons. Nationally acclaimed guest artists such as the singing star William Warfield have participated in the music program, which is recognized for its high professional standards in both teaching and performing.

Media and Publications

Westbank Journal is the award-winning newspaper run by and for the students. The monthly publication of the newspaper lies in the hands of the student editorial staff.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, fast pitch softball, and golf. Though students from both campuses are encouraged to participate, the practices are mostly conducted on the Brainerd campus. The institute aims to provide an exceptional experience to the student athletes. The sports teams are nicknamed the Raiders. The college is a member of the Minnesota Community College Conference (MCCC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). All Raider teams except football qualify to compete for a state, regional, and national championship.

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports Program provides students with a variety of organized activities ranging from competitive to non-competitive and individual sports. Students, faculty and staff can participate in the sports which include co-ed football, co-ed bowling, co-ed volleyball, co-ed softball men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and golf. Besides club sports, the athletic department also provides non-organized recreational activities such as weight lifting.

Additional School Information

The College in the Schools Program (CIS) is a partnership program with the local high schools. It provides high schools an opportunity to reinforce their academic course offerings, while providing the students a jumpstart on earning college credit. Upon the high school graduation, students who have participated in the CIS program make an easy transition to a college setting.

Information Summary

Ranks 52nd in Minnesota and 2345th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 33 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 118 0.86
Larceny 532 3.88
Vehicle theft 21 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Brainerd, MN 56401-3900
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population27,604 (14,179 urban / 13,425 rural)
Households10,915 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,466
Families7,162 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2708

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4408th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,773 $4,773 $4,773
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $620 $620 $620
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $159 $159 $159
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,693 $6,693 $6,693
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,393 $16,393 $16,393
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,493 $10,493 $10,493

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,209 $5,393 $5,209 $5,393 $5,209 $5,393
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,250 $1,300
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,900 $6,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,700(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,800(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2022nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,467 ($62,940 male / $59,229 female)
Number of FT Faculty 96 (54 male / 42 female)
Number of PT Faculty 151
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,803,000

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