Hennepin Technical College has over 45 programs offering hands-on experience to help you start, change, or further your career. This college has two convenient locations – Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and offers a wide variety of programs that lead to diplomas, certificates, Associate of Science degrees (A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science degrees (A.A.S.). Some programs are even as quick as 16 weeks. The school offers low tuition costs, small class sizes, and state-of-the-art technology as well as using economic and earth-friendly (green) practices within their programs. The campuses have new science labs that allow them to offer more courses in the sciences, technology, engineering and math. HTC credits also transfer to many 4-year universities.
This institution is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. HTC is also a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program, which is a program designed to make sure the school not only continuously meets the standards for accreditation but also pushes the school to continuously improve their programs. The Business Journal has ranked the college as one of the top 10 best colleges in Minnesota.
Students can pursue programs in Business and Information Technology, Construction and Building careers, Floral and Landscape careers, Health careers, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Media Communications careers, Public Safety and Service careers, Transportation careers as well as vast array of general education requirements.
Some programs have limited entry and other programs require pre-requisite coursework to be completed before acceptance. Some programs require liability insurance, which can be purchased through the school.
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The college offers a step-by-step admission process. Some non-essential steps to familiarize yourself with the college and help you make your decision to choose the school are visiting their website, scheduling a tour, attending one of their College Preview Nights, meeting with a counselor and/or meeting with an admissions advisor. Once you have decided that HTC is the right choice you can choose one of their 45 programs, and apply for admissions. Online applications are accepted, which is faster and more convenient, or you can print off one of their applications, fill it out and mail it in. Note that there is a fee to apply. At this point, if you already have gone through some college courses or even have a degree, you will need to include your transcripts with your application. Once you have applied for admission, you will have to take a placement test. This test is used solely to decide what track you should be placed into – it is not a pass/fail test. You are to call the Admissions Office to schedule your placement test and help you answer any other questions that you may have about the school, admissions process and the test itself.
To receive financial aid, the first thing you should do is fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online. It is the application required to get approved for student loans, and government grants. The Financial Aid Office will help you fill out your FAFSA form or answer any other questions that you may have about paying for your education at the school. No appointment is necessary for most questions, but you will have to schedule an appointment for one-on-one help with the FAFSA application. They are trained with years of experience and want to help make the payment process as easy as possible for students. There are plenty of ways to pay for the cost of education: grants, loans, scholarships, work study, and payment plans. The best thing you can do is to research your options. The more you know, the better off you will be at procuring the money to pay for college. Also, keep in mind that the school does offer its own scholarships to its students. The school usually awards more than $200,000/year in scholarships.
One way to learn about student life is to read the H-magazine. This magazine is an online .pdf document that provides information on student and school achievements, important information to know, as well as information on different ways to get involved such as joining one of their many student organizations, various clubs, Student Senate, Student Life Board, Greek organizations, Skills USA, Pangea Multicultural Club, Veteran Student Club, and more!
There is no on-campus housing available, but there are many places to rent in close proximity to the school available. On-campus parking is available, but you must avoid any place designated for visitors and staff. Handicapped parking is also available.
HTC provides its students with an array of meal choices. There are vending machines for snacks and beverages available.
Both campuses offer a cafeteria with full meal options and in addition there are gourmet dining halls that provide students options of food prepared by Culinary Arts students in a restaurant-like setting. Please note that it would be to your benefit to schedule reservations at the gourmet dining halls in advance.
All international students must have health insurance that can also be purchased through the school. Some courses are available as online courses, but note that some online courses do have some in-class requirements. And classes can be registered for online.
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Hennepin does not offer any sports teams, but they do have a mascot – Hennepin Hammerhead Sharks. You can join the Hammerhead Social Network to get involved with the school and your fellow students.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.