Minnesota West Community And Technical College

Minnesota West Community And Technical College

Minnesota West Community and Technical College, also referred to as Minnesota West, is located in Pipestone, Minnesota, United States. It was established on January 1, 1997, with the merger of Southwestern Technical College and Worthington Community College. In addition to the main campus, Minnesota West also has the following campuses:

  • Canby Campus
  • Granite Falls Campus
  • Jackson Campus
  • Worthington Campus

Minnesota West Community and Technical College offers a range of associate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs in liberal arts and sciences, technical subjects, and career oriented subjects. Students of Minnesota West can also choose to transfer to a four-year institution.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College's athletics department fields men's and women's teams in basketball, football, golf, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. Their teams are known as the Blue Jays.

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Contacting Minnesota West

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1593 11th Ave
Granite Falls , MN 56241
General Phone: (320) 564-4511

Minnesota West Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine500registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, home health aide
Liberal Arts98liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities
Construction Trades86carpentry, power transmission, electrician, lineworker, electrical and power installer, plumbing
Mechanics and Repair62computer repair, HVAC, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics, small engine mechanics
Agricultural Science and Management50agriculture, farm management, agricultural production, food processing
Medical Support and Technology46dental assistant, medical coding, medical assistant, medical lab tech, phlebotomy
Business and Management37business management, business administration, accounting, accounting technology
Medical Administration34medical receptionist, medical secretary
Beauty and Cosmetology22cosmetology, manicurist
Family and Social Work19child care management, child care provider, human services
Office and Administration17administrative assistant, receptionist
Engineering Technician15robotics tech, manufacturing tech, hydraulics tech, computer engineering tech, computer systems tech
Therapy and Counseling15massage therapy
Production Trades10machinist
Security and Law Enforcement8criminal justice and police
Computer Science and Engineering6computer networking, computer security
Science and Laboratory Technician5biology tech
Education and Teaching2teacher aide
Transportation2truck and bus driver

Number of programs and degrees for Minnesota West in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree31730
Award of less than 1 academic year45017
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years23822
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years294

Minnesota West Student Body

In 2007-2008, Minnesota West had a total enrollment of 2,943 students (2,062 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 10%
18-19 24%
20-21 11%
22-24 10%
25-29 9%
30-34 6%
35-39 7%
40-49 11%
50-64 8%
65+ 1%

Minnesota West Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 49 %

Minnesota West Room and Board (2007)

Minnesota West offers campus housing for 115 of its 2,062 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Granite Falls, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Minnesota West Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,810
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,810
Room and board $ 4,248
Room charge $ 2,400
Books and supplies $ 1,050
Other expenses $ 3,908

Financial Aid:
Minnesota West participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 526300)

Minnesota West Faculty

Minnesota West has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track64

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year44$61,58034$60,831
All faculty totalacademic year44$61,58034$60,831

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Minnesota West Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Agricultural and Food Products Processing
Agriculture, General
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security

Construction Trades
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General
Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, Other
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Robotics Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Reception/Receptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operation

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Minnesota West Highlights

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What Sets Minnesota West Apart:

% of degrees in agricultural science and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Minnesota West % of degrees in agricultural science and management
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Minnesota West Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Minnesota West % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Minnesota West % students 40 years or older
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Minnesota West Dorm rooms per full-time student
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 16%Minnesota West Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in construction trades
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Minnesota West % of degrees in construction trades

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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