Hennepin Technical College

Welcome to 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.

Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Local: (952) 995-1300

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City: Brooklyn Park
Population: 77,446

City: Eden Prarie
Population: 62,004

School highlights

Hennepin Technical College is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota with two campuses (Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie) and offers more than 50 career and technical programs.

  • The lowest tuition rate in the state for technical institution
  • Largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota offering more than 400 career and technical programs
  • Small class sizes with a 25-to-1 student-faculty ratio
  • Labs use cutting-edge technology and meet all required industry standards
  • More than 300 industry advisory members work wtih the college to ensure the curriculum meets industry standards
  • The current job placement rate is 97%
  • Starting salaries average around $15 per hour, but can be as high as $39 per hour
  • Industry partners fund scholarships, provide state-of-the-art equipment, and employ graduates
  • The college offers many short herm programs that can be completed in as few as 16 weeks
  • Prior learning assessment is an option for students with lifetime work experience
  • Largest customized training division in the metro area
  • Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie campuses have areas that support student success through admissions, financial aid, registration, advising, career and counseling services, disability services, library services, and academic tutoring
  • HTC has transfer agreements with four-year universities allowing students more access and opportunities
  • New programs adn awards are individualized studies, associates in pharmacy technology, quality asurance, health sciences(board field), fire fighter certificate, plumbing
  • Faculty has both industry and classroom 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%

Largest programs

Automotive Technology, information technology, law enforcement, machine trades, practical nursing

Unique programs

Accounting, archiitectural technology, audio production, automation robotics engineering technology, culinary arts, fire protection, fluid power, Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Services Educational Training), graphic design, individualized studies, interactive design/video production, manufacturing and engineering technology, marine motor sports and outdoor power equipment, pharmacy technology, plastics engineering technology, plumbing, public works welding


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Admissions requirements

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.

Apply online

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


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.

Program TitleAward
.NET ProgrammerCERT
.NET ProgrammerDIP
.NET ProgrammerAAS
Accounting TechnicianDIP
Animation and Motion Graphic ArtistAAS
Animation and Motion Graphic ArtistDIP
Architectural TechnologyAAS
Architectural TechnologyDIP
Audio Production SpecialistDIP
Audio Production SpecialistAAS
Auto Body TechnicianDIP
Auto Body TechnicianAAS
Auto CAD OperatorCERT
Autobody EstimatorCERT
Automated Machinery AdjusterDIP
Automated Machinery SystemsDIP
Automation Robotics Engineering TechnologyAAS
Automation TechnologiesCERT
Automotive TechnicianDIP
Automotive TechnicianAAS
Automotive Technology (Ford ASSET)AAS
Basic Web TechnologiesCERT
Business AnalystAAS
Child DevelopmentDIP
Child DevelopmentAAS
Child DevelopmentAS
Cisco NetworkingCERT
CNC Machining for Wood and PlasticCERT
CNC OperatorCERT
CNC Swiss Turning Center TechnicianCERT
Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning EquipmentCERT
Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and RefrigerationDIP
Commercial PhotographyDIP
Commercial RefrigerationCERT
Community ParamedicCERT
Company OfficerCERT
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Setup TechnicianCERT
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) TechnicianDIP
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) TechnicianAAS
Computer Service Desk TechnicianCERT
Culinary ArtsAAS
Culinary ArtsDIP
Culinary AssistantCERT
Culinary Gourmet TechnicianCERT
Custom Fabrication and FinishingCERT
Data AnalystAAS
Dental AssistantAAS
Dental AssistantDIP
Desktop SupportAAS
Desktop Support SpecialistDIP
Electronics TechnicianAAS
Electronics TechnologyDIP
Emergency Medical Services SpecialistCERT
Emergency Room TechnicianCERT
Engineering CAD TechnologyDIP
Engineering CAD TechnologyAAS
Executive Administrative ProfessionalAAS
Extrusion MoldingCERT
Fire Inspection/InvestigationCERT
Fire Protection TechnicianDIP
Fire Science TechnologyAAS
Fire Suppression TechnicianCERT
Firefighting (NFPA 1001)CERT
Floral Business OperationsAAS
Fluid Power Engineering TechnicianDIP
Fluid Power Engineering TechnicianAAS
Fluid Power MechanicDIP
Food and Beverage SpecialtiesCERT
GMAW Production Welder (MIG)CERT
Graphic Design: CreativeAAS
Graphic Design: CreativeDIP
Graphic Design: ProductionDIP
Graphic Design: Web DesignAAS
Graphic Design: Web DesignDIP
Greenhouse Management TechnicianAAS
Greenhouse Production and Floral DesignAAS
GTAW Production Welder (TIG)CERT
Hazardous MaterialsCERT
Hazardous Materials TechnologyCERT
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Health Support SpecialistCERT
Health Unit CoordinatorCERT
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and RefrigerationAAS
Hybrid Vehicle SpecialistCERT
Hydraulic Engineering TechnicianDIP
Hydraulic Engineering TechnicianAAS
Individualized StudiesAAS
Individualized StudiesAS
Industrial Building Engineering and MaintenanceDIP
Industrial Maintenance MechanicCERT
Injection MoldingCERT
Interactive DesignerDIP
Interactive DesignerAAS
IT SecurityCERT
Landscape ConstructionCERT
Landscape Design and ConstructionAAS
Landscape Design and ConstructionDIP
Law EnforcementCERT
Lean ManufacturingCERT
Linux NetworkingCERT
Maintenance Light RepairCERT
Manufacturing Engineering TechnologyAAS
Manufacturing Fundamentals (M-Powered)CERT
Marine, Motorsport and Outdoor Power Equipment TechnicianAAS
Marine, Motorsport and Outdoor Power Equipment TechnicianDIP
Media ProducerCERT
Medical Administrative AssistantAAS
Medical Administrative AssistantDIP
Medical AssistantAAS
Medical Device Manufacturing SpecialistCERT
Medical ReceptionistCERT
Medium Heavy Truck Drivetrain TechnicianDIP
Medium Heavy Truck Maintenance TechnicianDIP
Medium Heavy Truck TechnologyAAS
Microsoft Database SpecialistCERT
Microsoft OfficeCERT
Motion GraphicsCERT
Motorcycle TechnicianCERT
National Certified Fluid Power SpecialistCERT
Network Administrator/AnalystAAS
Network Support SpecialistDIP
Non-Structural Repair Technician AssistantCERT
Nursing AssistantCERT
Nursing Station TechnicianDIP
Office SupportCERT
Oracle Database SpecialistCERT
Outboard TechnicianCERT
Pharmacy TechnicianDIP
Plastics Engineering TechnologyDIP
Pneumatic Engineering TechnicianAAS
Pneumatic Engineering TechnicianDIP
Portrait and Wedding PhotographyDIP
Power EquipmentCERT
Practical NursingAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Production Technician for Digital PublishingCERT
Production TechnologiesCERT
Professional Commercial PhotographyAAS
Professional Floral Design and Greenhouse ProductionAAS
Professional Floral DesignerDIP
Professional Portrait and Wedding PhotographyAAS
Professional Sales (Business to Business)CERT
Professional Sales (Business to Business)AAS
Quality AssuranceCERT
Refinishing Technician AssistantCERT
Residential Heating, Ventilation and Air ConditioningDIP
Residential Remodeling and DesignAAS
Safety CoordinatorCERT
Scientific Injection Molding SpecialistCERT
SolidWorks OperatorCERT
Street, Utility and Park Maintenance TechnicianDIP
Structural Iron and RepairCERT
Structural Repair Technician AssistantCERT
Sustainable ConstructionCERT
Tool and Die/MoldmakingDIP
Tool and Die/MoldmakingAAS
Urban Forestry TechnicianAAS
Video Production SpecialistDIP
Video Production SpecialistAAS
Visual Basic ProgrammerCERT
Visual Basic ProgrammerDIP
Windows NetworkingCERT
Wood Product EngineeringCERT
Workplace Administrative AssistantCERT
Workplace Administrative ProfessionalDIP
Program TitleAward
Automation TechnologiesCERT
Child DevelopmentDIP
Child DevelopmentAAS
Child DevelopmentAS
Community ParamedicCERT
Hazardous Materials TechnologyCERT
Health Support SpecialistCERT
Production TechnologiesCERT
Safety CoordinatorCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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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
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.

Campus life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations for student envolvement.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Career and professional
  • Program Clubs
  • SKills USA
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Special interest
  • Student Ambassador
  • Tech Trek
Student government
  • Student Senate