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Minnesota West Community and Technical College

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Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college providing specialized technical and liberal arts/transfer majors to students. The institute was founded on January 1, 1997, with a merger between Worthington Community College and Southwestern Technical College. Minnesota West is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. The Granite Falls Campus take prides in its quality education with accessibility for many diverse types of students. Apart from the Granite Falls Campus, Minnesota West also operates other campuses such as Canby Campus, Pipestone Campus, Worthington Campus, and Jackson Campus.


Minnesota West is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA). The institute also holds other discipline based accreditations and memberships such as American Dental Association, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), Minnesota Board of Nursing, Minnesota State Approving Agency for Veterans Education, United States Department of Education, and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Granite Falls meets the diverse needs of the workforce and community by providing a variety of online, technical, and liberal art courses. Whether a student wants to complete a course and get transfer or earn a degree, the Granite Falls campus has a range of educational options available to choose from. The College is a leader in the Minnesota and the upper Midwest in the Renewable Energy and Computerized Manufacturing.

Minnesota West offers associate’s degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 60 areas of study. Students can choose from the different majors including liberal arts and sciences; agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences; computer science; personal services; business, management, and related support services; manufacturing and related majors; construction, electrical and related programs; transportation and health.

Online Education:

Minnesota West offers online education for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to various reasons. Such students can easily take up the Internet based courses that are parallel to the campus based programs. These online courses are taught by the faculty who work with the students throughout the course. Some of the online degrees and certificates offered at Minnesota West are accounting, biofuels technology: biodiesel, (computer) applications specialist, information security and assurance, liberal arts, practical nursing (online) diploma, supervisory leadership in management, medical administrative secretary, and medical coding specialist.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students seeking admission to Minnesota West must have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) certificate. Freshman applicants must send the complete application form along with the official transcripts and ACT/SAT score(s) to Minnesota West. Getting a transfer to the college is easy. Transfer students must send the application form along with all the official transcripts from previously attended institutes. International students are encouraged to apply for admission to Minnesota West. Students, whose native language is not English, must provide a proof of their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

Minnesota West offers financial aid programs to help the needy and deserving students meet their educational expenses. They offer financial assistance through different mediums. The scholarships and grants are considered as gift aids, while loans and student employment programs are the self-help aids. All students seeking financial aid must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Some of the scholarships offered at Minnesota West are Schwan’s Scholarship, Murl E. Anderson Scholarship, Narvestad Scholarship, Part-Time Student Scholarship, Prairie’s Edge Casino Scholarship, Women in Non-Traditional Careers Scholarship, and John E. Donahue Memorial Scholarship. The college also offers several discipline based scholarships such as Fluid Power Scholarships, Auto Body Respirator Scholarship, and Del Bresson Scholarship.

Minnesota West offers a variety of federal and state grants including Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, TEACH Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Institutional Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Minnesota State Grant, and Child Care Grant. Loans are the type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Some of the loans offered are Direct Loan, Perkins Loan, and PLUS Loan for Parents. Minnesota West also offers student employment programs to help the students take up part-time job to pay for college expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4419th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Minnesota West is packed with events, activities and lots of fun. The campus experience is not limited to the classes alone, but there is much more that leads to the overall development of the students. The campus hosts a variety of clubs and organizations which include Alpha Nu Kappa, Business Professionals of America, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Skills USA. Student Senate is the student government body that acts as the voice of the student body. It functions as a communication link between the students and the administration and faculty.

Campus Facilities:

Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC) at Minnesota West houses over 80,000 items cataloged and more than 200 periodical magazines and scholarly journals, and subscriptions. The site provides online access to books, reference websites, journal articles, and other library services. It also offers interlibrary loan for books and periodical articles. The library also provides individualized and small group tutoring. SMARTHINKING is a live online tutoring service, available to the students anytime, anywhere.

The Career Center at Minnesota West prepares the students for the job market, by connecting them with the leading employers. The existing and prospective students are encouraged to take the free career assessment tool to determine which profession would suit them. You can register with the Minnesota Works to get details of the current job openings within Minnesota and the surrounding regions.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Minnesota West’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as basketball, basketball, golf, volleyball, softball, football, and wrestling. The teams are a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and Minnesota College Athletic Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Bluejays.

Local Community

Granite Falls is a safe, beautiful and friendly city, set in the striking Minnesota River Valley. It offers a pleasant small town atmosphere, affable residents, and picturesque views. Granite Falls offers the opportunity to experience fine shopping and outstanding customer service. Some of the places to see include the Kilowatt Community Center, Sorlien Park, Yellow Medicine County Historical Museum, and the Prairie’s Edge Casino and Resort.

Additional School Information

Minnesota West’s Customized Training Services provide short term, part-time credit and courses, continuing education units, and customized training to the individual businesses, agencies, and industries. The training can be tailored to meet the needs of the client and can be offered on-site. Some of the services include new employee training, technical assistance, re-training of existing employees, research and development for the training programs and continuing education services for individuals. The customized training services are offered in the following areas computer technology, management and professional development, manufacturing and applied technology, health and wellness, and public safety.


  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College. 2010.
  • DeAngelis, Therese. Vocational and Technical Schools West 2010-2011. Peterson’s, 2010. Print.

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Ranks 46th in Minnesota and 2060th 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 5 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.38
Larceny 43 1.47
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Granite Falls, MN 56241
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population4,331 (3,037 urban / 1,294 rural)
Households1,829 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,801
Families1,172 (2.93 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 District2707

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1806th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,146 $5,146 $10,293
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $514 $514 $514
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $189 $189 $360
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 $16,216 $16,216 $21,363
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,216 $16,216 $21,363
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,768 $11,768 $16,915

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,424 $5,660 $5,424 $5,660 $10,372 $10,807
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,448(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,908(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,448(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,908(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,908(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 Capacity32
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,400
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 3 33 62 24 8 928 52 1,124
Accounting 1 21 22
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 6
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 2 18 22
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 2 2
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 4 5
Agricultural Production Operations, General 5 5
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 17 1 18
Agriculture, General
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 13 2 15
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 8 9
Business Administration and Management, General 2 17 20
Business/Commerce, General
Carpentry/Carpenter 8 8
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 2
Child Development 5 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 4 5
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 6 6
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 5 5
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1 2
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 3 15 18
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 5 9
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 1
Dental Assisting/Assistant 12 13
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 13 13
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General 1 1
Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, Other 12 1 13
Electrician 1 22 24
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 2 2
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 26 2 28
Food Science
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 3 3
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 1 8 11
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 7 7
Human Services, General 1 4 5
Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 2 4 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 7 3 1 89 4 112
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 4 3 2 64 74
Lineworker 2 21 24
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 2 3
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 27 28
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 20 21
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 8 9
Medical/Clinical Assistant 11 12
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 4 4
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 1 1 2
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 14 34 11 3 262 42 368
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 3 3
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 9 10
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 9 9
Receptionist 4 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 3 3 1 81 90
Robotics Technology/Technician
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician 7 7
Surgical Technology/Technologist 10 10
Teacher Assistant/Aide 8 8
Telecommunications Technology/Technician
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 3 3
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2120th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,596 ($61,106 male / $60,400 female)
Number of FT Faculty 76 (39 male / 37 female)
Number of PT Faculty 178
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,722,000

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