Pine Technical and Community College

Student at Pine Technical and Community College.

Pine Technical and Community College offers a range of programs with flexible scheduling, small class sizes, industry-focused programs, and experienced, knowledgeable instructors. Graduates are well-prepared to enter their chosen field or transfer to a university. The AA and several AS and AAS degree programs provide students the opportunity to begin a 4-year degree at a lower cost with smaller classes. The college's technical programs prepare students for careers in a variety of fields.

Pine Technical and Community College
900 Fourth St. S.E.
Pine City, MN 55063

Toll-Free: (800) 521-7463
Local: (320) 629-5100

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City: Pine City
Population: 3,084

School highlights

Pine Technical & Community College offers a range of programs with flexible scheduling, small class sizes, industry-focused programs, experienced and knowledgeable instructors, and friendly, helpful staff. Graduates are well-prepared to enter their chosen fields or transfer to a university.

  • The Associate of Arts degree allows students to pursue a four-degree, while saving time and money by starting close to home.
  • Several Associate in Science degree programs provide students the opportunity to begin a four-year degree and take advantage of lower tuition rates and smaller class sizes while immediately focusing on a chosen major.
  • The A.S. in Health Science-Broad Field seamlessly transfers to PTCC's partner schools, allowing students to pursue a variety of health-related careers
  • The college’s technical programs prepare students for job placement and employment. Examples include automotive technology, accounting, practical nursing, medical assistant, computer programming, and more.
  • The college’s use of telecommunications and other distance education tools is a national model for colleges and universities.
  • PTCC's high-tech, state-of-the-art simulation labs support all nursing and health science programs, including the medical assistant A.A.S. degree, nursing diploma and A.S. degree, as well as credentials in electrocardiography and phlebotomy
  • A vibrant student life environment provides opportunities for students from all disciplines to socialize, network, contribute and participate in the college community.
  • Technical programs prepare students for job placement and employment.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 1,681
  • Full-time students: 31.4%
  • Part-time students: 68.6%
  • Percent female: 64.4%
  • Percent male: 33.6%
  • Percent students of color: 8.1%

Largest programs

Automotive technology, business administration, gunsmithing, early childhood development, medical assisting, nursing, advanced manufacturing

Unique programs

American Sign Language, business technology,gunsmithing and firearms technology, network administration and cyber-security, human services eligibility worker, plastics technology


Parking is simple at PTCC! With a recently-expanded parking lot, parking is convenient and accessible. Parking permits are available in the Student Affairs Office.

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  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

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

  • You may enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. 
  • Your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a course placement test. This will determine if you will take remedial or developmental courses, as appropriate, before you can take college-level courses. 

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 Pine Technical and Community College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


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PTCC offers many program choices to earn a top-quality education at an affordable cost. Our students benefit from personal attention from staff members, faculty, and even administrators, plus real-world experience in a hands-on environment and outstanding student support services focused on helping students succeed. 

Program TitleAward
Advanced Manufacturing TechnologyAAS
American Sign Language StudiesCERT
Automation TechnologyCERT
Automotive TechnicianCERT
Automotive TechnologyDIP
Automotive TechnologyAAS
Business AdministrationAS
Business TechnologyAAS
Computer Controlled Precision MachiningDIP
Computer ProgrammingAAS
Computer ScienceAS
Early Childhood DevelopmentDIP
Early Childhood DevelopmentAS
Early Childhood DevelopmentCERT
Early Childhood DevelopmentAAS
Firearms Technician SkillsCERT
Gunsmithing & Firearms Technician ApprenticeCERT
Gunsmithing & Firearms Technician JourneymenDIP
Health Care Pre-ProfessionalCERT
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Human Services Eligibility WorkerAAS
Human Services Eligibility WorkerDIP
Individualized StudiesDIP
Individualized StudiesAS
Individualized StudiesAAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Limited Scope X-Ray OperatorCERT
Machine TechnologyCERT
Manufacturing Technology - Prototype/Reverse EngineeringCERT
Medical AssistantAAS
Network AdministrationAAS
Networking and Microcomputer TechnologiesCERT
Nursing AssistantCERT
Office Technology SpecialistCERT
Plastics ProductionCERT
Plastics TechnologyDIP
Plastics TechnologyAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Precision MachiningCERT
Production TechnologiesCERT
Robotics/Automation TechnologyAAS
Welding TechnologyCERT
Program TitleAward
Automation TechnologyCERT
Machine TechnologyCERT
Production TechnologiesCERT
Welding TechnologyCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,081

FAFSA Code: 005535

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.

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

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills and share the fun of working together on projects. PTCC offers a variety of clubs and student organizations that are fun and can help prepare you for your future career.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Math Club
Career and professional
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Nursing Club
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Nature and environment
  • Ever Green Club
Special interest
  • Computer Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Shooters Association
  • Skills USA
Student government
  • Student Senate