Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College is a recognized leader in employment and career education. Students attend Hennepin Technical College for many reasons, the most significant of which is the excellent quality of the curriculum and instruction. The college provides an educational experience that prepares students to secure their first job as well as to advance in their career.
CampusesCity: Brooklyn Park
City: Eden Prarie
- Hennepin Technical College is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota and offers more than 50 career and technical programs.
- The Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie campuses have newly remodeled and expanded areas that support success through admissions and registration services, advising, career services, tutoring, testing, financial aid, disabililty services, cashiers, the library and Learning Resource Center.
- Hennepin Technical College is a great value; the college has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
- Job placement for 2012 was 97%
- Starting salaries average around $15 per hour but can be as high as $39 per hour.
- The college has many transfer agreements with four-year universities allowing students more access and opportunities.
- Small class sizes with a 25-to-1 student-faculty ratio.
- Labs use cutting-edge technology and meet all required industry standards.
- The college offers many short-term programs that can be completed in as few as 16 weeks.
- New programs and awards are .NET prggrammer, animation and motion graphic artist, entrepreneurship, floral business, floral design and greenhouse operations production, food and beverage specialties, hybird vehicle specialist, quality assurance, wood product engineering.
- More than 300 industry advisory members work with the college to ensure the curriculum meets industry standards.
- Faculty has both industry and teaching experience.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 9,638
- Full-time students: 35.6%
- Part-time students: 64.4%
- Percent female: 41.1%
- Percent male: 58%
- Percent students of color: 36.6%
Automotive Technology, information technology, law enforcement, machine trades, practical nursing
Audio production, automation robotics engineering technology, food and beverage specialties, fire protection, floral design, Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Services Educational Training), marine motor sports and outdoor power equipment, plastics engineering technology, professional photography, public works
Hennepin Technical Collegehas 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.
Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.
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- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,133
FAFSA Code: 010491
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 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.
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.
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations for student envolvement.
- Academic Center
- Career Services
- Child Care Resources
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Food Service/Dining Services
- International Student Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Program Clubs
- SKills USA
- Veterans Club
- Student Ambassador
- Tech Trek
- Student Senate