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Northland Community and Technical College

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Northland Community & Technical College is a comprehensive college offering many state-of-the-art, nationally renowned programs designed for those looking to quickly join the workforce. Over 100 different career programs and degree options are available on campus and online. Campuses are located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls with an aerospace site located at the Thief River Falls airport.

School Highlights you want to complete a degree, diploma or certificate in two years or less, or if you want to prepare for immediate entry-level employment.If you want to complete a degree, diploma or certificate in two years or less, or if you want to prepare for immediate entry-level employment.kfkNorthland has two campuses and an aerospace site in the beautiful northwestern portion of the state. Campuses are located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls with an aerospace site located at the Thief River Falls airport.  Northland's campuses offer more than 100 different career programs and degree options.

  • Northland has one of the largest liberal arts programs of two-year colleges in northern Minnesota.
  • Flexible scheduling gives students a variety of enrollment options. Students are able to attend full time or part time, and Northland offers hundreds of online classes each year.
  • The average class size is 22 students.
  • We have numerous articulation agreements with four-year instituitions so you can transfer seamlessly after you graduate from Northland.
  • Northland offers a shuttle bus service during the spring and fall semesters for students to ride between the campuses.
  • Numerous student resources are available, including career counselors and advisors, libraries, academic success centers, tutors, and information technology.
  • Students on both campuses are invited to participate in Pioneer intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and the many student life activities.
  • Northland is the home of Pioneer 90.1, a 24-kilowatt FM radio station, the only station on a two-year campus in Minnesota. Students are encouraged to seek opportunities at the station.
  • Northland Aerospace offers 86,000 square feet of climate controlled aerospace training at the Thief River Falls airport.
  • Named a "Military Friendly School".
  • Northland offers 7 intercollegiate sports for men and women.
  • Northland offers Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Training and Geospatial Intelligence/Imagery Analysis, the FIRST programs of their kind in America.
  • New in 2015, Northland will be offering the following programs: Precision Agriculture Equipment Technician, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Field Technician, Dietetic Technician, Engineering and Computer Aided Design, and Patient Access Specialist.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,215
  • Full-time students: 45%
  • Part-time students: 55%
  • Percent female: 58%
  • Percent male: 42%
  • Percent students of color: 16%

Largest Programs

Practical Nursing; Liberal Arts; Sales, Marketing and Management; Aviation Maintenance Technology; Mobility Nursing; Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Firefighter/Paramedic.

Unique Programs

Our Unmanned Aerial Systems, Geospatial Intelligence Analysis, and Imagery Analysis programs are the first of their kind in the entire nation! We also are proud to say that we were ranked third in America in the number of Practical Nursing degrees produced. Other niche programs include: Cardiovascular Technology, Surgical Tech, Firefighter/Paramedic, Aviation Maintenance, Welding and Commercial Vehicle Operator Training.


• Off Campus
Numerous rental units are available in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. Both campuses maintain lists of housing. The Thief River Falls campus has apartment-style housing complexes near campus, although the college does not own the campus housing.


• Bus
Free shuttle bus service between campuses in the morning and afternoon is available Monday through Friday during fall and spring semesters.


• On Street • Off Street
Northland offers ample parking in close proximity to each campus.


Admission requirements 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, 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 Northland Community and Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Academics Your Life North

When you "take your life north" to Northland Community & Technical College you will find campuses that offer an education that is centered on you. As a Northland Pioneer, you will receive personal attention from faculty and staff that teach based on real-world experiences and know you by name. Northland offers outstanding student support and learning services all focused on helping you succeed. Train in our customized labs that use the equipment you will see if your field and learn from instructors who understand what future employers are looking for. Northland offers a wide range of online education options so you can learn online, anytime. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career. 

Start today in any the following fields of study:

  • Liberal Arts & Transfer
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive and Transportation
  • Building Trades
  • Business Management & Marketing
  • Education
  • Health & Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law & Public Safety
  • Manufacturing & Industry

The best way to see if a college is right for you is to visit and tour the campus. We encourage to visit us so we can show you your program of interest and introduce you to the faculty, staff, and coaches that you would be interacting with. We look forward to seeing you!

Program Title Award
Accounting AAS
Accounting Clerk - Microcomputer Applications DIP
Administrative Assistant AAS
Administrative Support DIP
Administrative Support Microcomputer Specialist DIP
Administrative Support Software Specialist AAS
Advanced Agricultural Commodity Marketing CERT
Advanced Farm Business Management ATC
Advanced Rescue CERT
Agricultural Commodities Marketing CERT
Applications in Farm Business Management CERT
Architectural Technology and Design AAS
Architectural Technology and Design DIP
Auto Body Collision Technology AAS
Auto Body Collision Technology DIP
Automation Technology CERT
Automotive Electronics and Drivability CERT
Automotive Engine Repair, Suspension and Brakes CERT
Automotive Service Technology AAS
Automotive Service Technology DIP
Aviation Maintenance Technician Plus CERT
Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS
Aviation Maintenance Technology DIP
Business AS
Carpentry-Residential DIP
Cisco Networking CERT
Collision and Refinishing Technician CERT
Commercial Vehicle Operator CERT
Computer Aided Design CERT
Computer and Network Technology AAS
Construction Electricity DIP
Construction Plumbing DIP
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement AS
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement DIP
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement CERT
Current Issues in Farm Business Management CERT
Customer Service CERT
Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education AS
Electronic Technology Marketing I CERT
Electronics Technology/Automated Systems AAS
Essentials of Farm Business Management CERT
Farm Operations and Management DIP
Fire Service Preparation CERT
Fire Technology AAS
Firefighter/Paramedic AAS
General Agriculture CERT
Geospatial Intelligence Analysis AAS
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning DIP
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Construction Plumbing AAS
Imagery Analysis CERT
Introduction to Architectural Technology and Design DIP
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Machine Technology CERT
Manufacturing Technology AS
Medical Administrative Assistant AAS
Medical Coding Specialist AAS
Medical Coding Specialist CERT
Medical Office Specialist DIP
Nursing AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS
Paramedic AAS
Patient Access Specialist CERT
Pharmacy Technology AAS
Pharmacy Technology DIP
Phlebotomy CERT
Physical Therapist Assistant AAS
Practical Nursing AAS
Practical Nursing DIP
Precision Agriculture CERT
Precision Agriculture Equipment Technician AAS
Production Technologies CERT
Production Welding CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Respiratory Therapist AAS
Sales, Marketing, and Management AAS
Sheet Metal Technician CERT
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Tech CERT
Supervisory Leadership CERT
Surgical Technology AAS
Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Technician CERT
Welding Process Technology DIP
Welding Process Technology CERT
Welding Technology DIP
Welding Technology CERT

The following degrees are available from Northland Community and Technical College

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

Program emphases

NEW PROGRAMS for 2015 at Northland: Aviation Maintenance Technology Plus, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Field Service Technician, Precision Agriculture Equipment Technician, Dietetic Technician, Patient Access Specialist, Engineering & Computer-Aided Design.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,534.00
FAFSA Code:002385 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.

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 is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports, music, and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects. Northland recognizes that part of college is meeting new people and making lifelong friends and connections and we strive to help you do that. There's no better way of doing this than getting involved in our many campus clubs and organizations. Learn all about student life at Northland by checking out, 

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Pioneer 90.1 Radio
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural Athletics
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Chorus
  • Community Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
East Grand Forks
Thief River Falls
Northland Community and Technical College
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Highway 1 E
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Toll-Free: (800) 959-6282
Local: (218) 683-8800
TTY: (800) 627-3529