Minnesota West Community and Technical College

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School Overview

When Southwestern Technical College and Worthington Community College merged in 1997 the results was comprehensive technical school and community college known as Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Locally referred to as “Minnesota West”, Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a two-year, accredited technical and community college based in Pipestone, Minnesota with additional locations in Jackson, Granite Falls, Canby and Worthington, MN. In addition to its five campuses, Minnesota West has four education centers. The college offers technical certificates, diplomas and associate degrees, as well as two-year academic associate degrees in over 60 fields of study and disciplines.

Minnesota West’s four branch campuses (formerly technical institutes) located in Granite Falls, Canby, Jackson and Worthington are a remnant of Minnesota West’s predecessor, Southwestern Technical College. In 1985 the four area technical institutes were merged in 1985 to create Southwestern Technical College which was merged with Worthing Community College 1997 to establish Minnesota West. Today Minnesota West belongs to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

General Information

Admission Office

1314 North Hiawatha Avenue

Pipestone, MN 56164

(800) 658-2330

(800) 658-2330

Fax: (507) 825-4656



Contact: Barbara Reinders

Admissions Coordinator
Main Address

1314 North Hiawatha Avenue

Pipestone, MN 56164

(800) 658-2330
www.mnwest.edu
Size

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,630

Setting

Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Associate

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $4,694 $4,810 $4,939 $5,154 +4.35%
Books and Supplies $1,050 $1,050 $1,200 $1,200 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $4,248 $4,248 $4,464 $4,248 -4.84%
Other $3,908 $3,908 $4,908 $4,908 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $4,248 $4,248 $4,464 $4,248 -4.84%
Other $3,908 $3,908 $4,908 $4,908 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $13,900 $14,016 $15,511 $15,510 -0.01%
In-state Off Campus $13,900 $14,016 $15,511 $15,510 -0.01%
In-state with Family $5,744 $5,860 $6,139 $6,354 +3.50%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 404 90%
Grant or scholarship aid 282 63% $1,031,529 $3,658
• Federal grants 183 41% $633,605 $3,462
• Pell grants 183 41% $603,426 $3,297
• Other federal grants 65 15% $30,179 $464
State/local government grant or scholarships 210 47% $317,729 $1,513
Institutional grants or scholarships 52 12% $80,195 $1,542
Student loan aid 309 69% $1,655,974 $5,359
• Federal student loans 307 69% $1,559,262 $5,079
• Other student loans 20 4% $96,712 $4,836

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOCTOR AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 321 824
Agriculture 8 50
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 1
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 2 3
Agricultural Production Operations 5 1
Farm/farm and Ranch Management 46
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 55 20
Accounting 15
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 7
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs 12 10
Business Administration and Management 23
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/commerce 2
Management Information Systems 3
Receptionist 3
Computing and Information Sciences 2
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance 2
Construction Trades 30 83
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/installer 3 1
Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, Other 15 18
Electrician 4 18
Lineworker 8 34
Pipefitting/pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 12
Education 9
Teacher Assistant/aide 9
Engineering Technology 8 3
Automation Engineer Technology/technician 2
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 1
Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/technician 3 2
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 2
Robotics Technology/technician 1
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 112 557
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 9
Dental Assisting/assistant 7 9
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management 2 1
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 62
Massage Therapy/therapeutic Massage 5
Medical Administrative/executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 8 6
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/coder 7
Medical/clinical Assistant 4 2
Nursing Assistant/aide and Patient Care Assistant/aide 453
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 6
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 76
Surgical Technology/technologist 12
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 8
Criminal Justice/police Science 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 93
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 87
Mechanics and Repairers 64
Autobody/collision and Repair Technology/technician 6
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 14
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/technician 2
Diesel Mechanics Technology/technician 13
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 9
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/technician 20
Personal and Culinary Services 22
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 21
Nail Technician/specialist and Manicurist 1
Precision Production Trades 1 5
Computer Numerically Controlled (cnc) Machinist Technology/cnc Machinist 2
Machine Tool Technology/machinist 1 3
Transportation and Materials Moving 10
Truck and Bus Driver/commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 10
Work and Family Studies 4 1
Child Care Provider/assistant 4 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20
Admissions Policies/Requirements

PSB-Aptitude for Practical Nursing Examination required of nursing applicants.


Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business A
Agricultural Equipment Technology A,C
Agricultural Production A
Agriculture – General A
Agronomy/Crop Science A
Farm/Ranch Management A,C
Plant Sciences A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Arts – General A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Accounting Technology C
Accounting/Business Management A
Accounting/Finance A
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business – General A
Business Administration/Management A
Executive Assistant A
Office Management A,C
Reception C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A
Mass Communications/Media Studies A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General A

Construction Trades

Carpentry C
Construction Trades – General A,C
Electrician A
Heating/ventilating/air conditioning A
Lineworker A
Plumbing A
Power/Electric Transmission A

Education

Business Teacher Education A
Education – General A
Elementary Education A
Physical Education A
Secondary Education A
Special Education A

Engineering

Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

Computer Engineering A
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration A
Manufacturing Technologies A
Robotics A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A
Child Care Service C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Assistance A
Health Aide C
Health Services – General A
Massage Therapy C
Medical Administrative Assistance A
Medical Assistance A
Medical Insurance Coding C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Phlebotomy C
Predentistry A
Premedicine A
Prenursing A
Prepharmacy A
Preveterinary Medicine A
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A
Surgical Technology C

History

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mathematics

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair A,C
Automotive Technology A,C
Communications Systems C
Diesel Mechanics A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A
Power sports technology C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Physics A

Precision Production Trades

Machine Tool Technology A

Psychology

Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Human Services A

Security & Protective Services

Corrections A
Law Enforcement Administration A
Police Science A

Social Sciences

Economics A
Geography A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(800) 658-2330
Website:www.mnwest.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Apply Online:www.mnwest.edu/admissions/apply
Address:1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, MN 56241
Setting:33
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,050
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,324 (43% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,640
Out-of-state Tuition:$10,736
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,790

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences45
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services74
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services64
Construction Trades86
Education1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields78
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences21
Health Professions and Related Programs119
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians103
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Personal and Culinary Services4
Precision Production2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Transportation and Materials Moving1
Grand total6346

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services73
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services51
Construction Trades1
Education1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
Health Professions and Related Programs44
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total1911

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Minnesota West Community and Technical College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$5,640
Out-of-state$10,736
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$0
Out-of-state$0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid26191%
Grant or scholarship aid19468%$4,790
Student loan aid16357%$5,819

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,95164%$3,281
Federal student loans94731%$6,747

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Minnesota West Community and Technical College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,050
Undergraduate enrollment3,050
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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