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Minnesota West Community and Technical College

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We invite and encourage you to visit Minnesota West at any point in your college decision making process. The small class sizes, personalized attention and focused hands-on learning will be the center of your education. Contact us today at 800-658-2330 or

School Highlights

Minnesota West Community and Technical College has five campuses and two learning centers in beautiful southwest Minnesota. The college offers more than 60 majors in technical and liberal arts areas. 

  • Five southwest Minnesota campus locations: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone and Worthington. Learning centers in Luverne and Marshall.
  • State leader in online, distance delivery and technology
  • On campus wind tower used for both learning and power generation
  • State of the art welding lab for hands-on learning
  • Leader in allied health programming with learning opportunities in former hospital setting
  • Named top 150 colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute
  • Military Friendly School
  • Students can earn an A.A. Degree 100% online
  • Hybrid courses available
  • Agriculture program is online during harvest season
  • The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Small class sizes allow for personal assistance with instructors and opportunities for getting to know your classmates.
  • Numerous transfer agreements with state and private colleges and universities allow for easy transition to the next step.
  • Learn more about the college through Facebook at

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,002
  • Full-time students: 36%
  • Part-time students: 63%
  • Percent female: 55%
  • Percent male: 44%
  • Percent students of color: 16%

Largest Programs

Liberal arts and sciences transfer courses, nursing, healthcare and business career programs.

Unique Programs

Agriculture, mechatronics, precision machining, allied health, wind energy technology, powerline technology, welding, online Associate in Arts degree. Several allied health programs offered in a renovated hospital for hands-on learning.


• On Campus • Off Campus
Student housing is available at the Canby campus, and private apartment arrangements are available at all locations. The college provides students with a list of rental housing.


• Other
Each of our locations varies in transportation options, please contact the campus of your choice to learn more.


• Off Street


Admission requirements

Minnesota West Community and Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.

Apply early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.


Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Minnesota West Community and Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Learn with Purpose

Do you want to find meaning and fulfillment in what you are doing? Furthering your education at Minnesota West is the first step to a purposeful future.

Our student body encompasses all ages and ethnicities. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to serving you in an affordable, accessible, and supportive setting. Small class sizes, personalized attention, and focus on hands-on teaching and learning are strong attributes of our college.

Be a part of something great - come to Minnesota West and Learn with Purpose!


Program Title Award
Accountant AAS
Accountant DIP
Accounting CERT
Accounting Clerk DIP
Administrative Assistant AAS
Administrative Assistant DIP
Advanced Diesel Certificate CERT
Advanced Farm Business Management ATC
Agriculture AS
Agriculture Business AS
Agriculture Business Management and Marketing AAS
Agriculture Production AAS
Agriculture Production Management AS
Applications Specialist CERT
Applications in Farm Business Management CERT
Automotive Advanced Engine Performance and Electrical CERT
Automotive Drivetrain Systems CERT
Automotive Engine Repair and Electrical CERT
Automotive Technician DIP
Automotive Technology AAS
Basic Diesel Certificate CERT
Biofuels Technology AAS
Biofuels Technology Biodiesel CERT
Biofuels Technology Ethanol CERT
Biotechnology Lab Technician AAS
Business Management AS
Business Management AAS
Business Management - Computer AS
CISCO Networking CERT
Carpentry AAS
Carpentry DIP
Carpentry II DIP
Child Development AS
Child Development DIP
Child Development CERT
Community Health Worker CERT
Computer Applied Technology AS
Computer Engineering Technology AAS
Computer Engineering Technology DIP
Computer Maintenance and Repair CERT
Computer Science AS
Computer Specialist AAS
Computer Specialist CERT
Computer Support Technician AAS
Computer Support Technician DIP
Computer and Information Technology AAS
Computerizing Small Business DIP
Cosmetology DIP
Cosmetology-Other States DIP
Dental Assistant AAS
Dental Assistant DIP
Desktop Support Specialist CERT
Diesel Mechanics (Ag and Truck) DIP
Diesel Powertrain and Hydraulics Certificate CERT
Diesel Technician (Ag and Truck) DIP
Diesel Technology AAS
Education Paraprofessional CERT
Electric Utility Substation Technician DIP
Electric Utility Substation Technology AAS
Electrician AAS
Electrician DIP
Emergency Medical Services CERT
Emergency Medical Technician CERT
Energy Technical Specialist AAS
Essentials of Farm Business Management CERT
Esthetician CERT
Farm Business Management DIP
Fluid Power Technology AAS
Fluid Power Technology DIP
Health Information Technology AAS
Healthcare Supervision and Leadership CERT
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration CERT
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technician DIP
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology AAS
Human Services AS
IT Workplace Assistant CERT
IT Workplace Specialist CERT
Individualized Studies AS
Industrial Technolgy AAS
Industrial Technology I CERT
Industrial Technology II DIP
Information Security Administration CERT
Information Security Management CERT
Information Security and Assurance AAS
Information Technology CERT
Lamb and Wool Management DIP
Law Enforcement AS
Law Enforcement AAS
Law Enforcement Skills CERT
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Management CERT
Management and Supervision in Healthcare AS
Massage Therapy DIP
Mechatronics AAS
Mechatronics DIP
Medical Administrative Secretary AAS
Medical Assistant AAS
Medical Assistant DIP
Medical Coding Specialist DIP
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Medical Secretary DIP
Nail Technician CERT
Networking Specialist AAS
Networking Specialist AS
Networking Specialist DIP
Nursing AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Office Management AS
Pharmacy Technology DIP
Phlebotomy Technician CERT
Plant Science, GIS/GPS AS
Plumbing DIP
Plumbing Technician DIP
Plumbing Technology AAS
Power Sports Technology DIP
Powerline DIP
Powerline Technician DIP
Powerline Technology AAS
Practical Nursing DIP
Precision Agriculture Application Technician CERT
Precision Machining AAS
Precision Machining DIP
Precision Machining CERT
Production Agriculture DIP
Programmer Specialist CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Receptionist CERT
Small Business Management DIP
Solar Photovoltaic Technician CERT
Supervisory Leadership in Management CERT
Surgical Technology AAS
Technology Workplace Ready CERT
Telecommunications AAS
Telecommunications CERT
Web Development AS
Webpage Design Assistant CERT
Welding DIP
Welding CERT
Wind Energy Mechanic DIP
Wind Energy Technology AAS
Windsmith CERT

The following degrees are available from Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Program emphases

Our top-notch technical programs offer the type of hands-on learning, students crave! Students don't just read about technical skills, they practice them! Always student-focused, with small class sizes and extra-circular activities student success is a priority. We have campuses in Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, Worthington, as well as, centers locations in Luverne & Marshall. We encourage and invite you to visit us, and understand why you will Learn with Purpose!

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees USD5,637.00
FAFSA Code:005263

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get. Also check our our website at

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

Minnesota West believes that student clubs/organizations are an integral part of the total education program. A group is recognized as a club/organization if its composition and activities are such  that the college deems itself  responsible for the actions of the group. Students have the opportunity to serve on college committees that involve or affect student interests to assure that students participate in decisions made at the campus or college level.

Minnesota West is also a member of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Assocaiton.  Women's intercollegiate sports include: Volleyball, Basketball and Softball.  Men's intercollegiate sports include: Football, Basketball, Wrestling and Baseball.  New for the fall 2016 will be club soccer!


  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • LARC
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Arts and literature
  • Art Club
  • Uncover Magazine
Career and professional
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Cosmetology Club
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Student Ambassadors
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Cultural Diversity Club
Farming and agricultural
  • Postsecondary Agricultural Student Org
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramurals
  • Law Enforcement Club
Student government
  • Student Government
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Music Club
  • Theater Club
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Mens Basketball
  • Womens Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Womens Basketball
Granite Falls
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187
Toll-Free: (800) 658-2330
Local: (800) 658-2330
TTY: (800) 658-2330

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