Minnesota West Community and Technical College

The entrance to the Minnesota West Community & Technical College campus.

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 info@mnwest.edu

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187

Toll-Free: (800) 658-2330
Local: (800) 658-2330

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City: Worthington
Population: 12,900

City: Canby
Population: 1,769

City: Granite Falls
Population: 2,843

City: Jackson
Population: 3,354

City: Pipestone
Population: 4,273

School highlights

Minnesota West Community and Technical College has five campuses and three 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, Marshall and Redwood Falls
  • State leader in online, distance delivery and technology
  • On campus wind tower used for both learning and power generation
  • NEW 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
  • Fluid Power program has 100% job placement
  • 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 facebook.com/minnesotawest

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,283
  • Full-time students: 40.7%
  • Part-time students: 59.3%
  • Percent female: 55.4%
  • Percent male: 41.2%
  • Percent students of color: 13.7%

Largest programs

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

Unique programs

Agriculture, biofuels technology, energy technical specialist, fluid power, allied health, power sports, wind energy technology, powerline technology, welding, online Associate in Arts degree. Several allied health programs offered in a renovated hospital for hands-on learning.


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.


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

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Admissions 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 TitleAward
Accounting ClerkDIP
Administrative AssistantAAS
Administrative AssistantDIP
Advanced Diesel CertificateCERT
Advanced Farm Business ManagementATC
Agriculture BusinessAS
Agriculture ProductionAAS
Agriculture Production ManagementAS
Applications in Farm Business ManagementCERT
Applications SpecialistCERT
Automotive Advanced Engine Performance and ElectricalCERT
Automotive Drivetrain SystemsCERT
Automotive Engine Repair and ElectricalCERT
Automotive TechnicianDIP
Automotive Technician: AdvancedCERT
Automotive Technician: BasicDIP
Automotive TechnologyAAS
Basic Diesel CertificateCERT
Biofuels TechnologyAAS
Biofuels Technology BiodieselCERT
Biofuels Technology EthanolCERT
Biotechnology Lab TechnicianAAS
Business ManagementAAS
Business ManagementAS
Business Management - ComputerAS
Carpentry IIDIP
Child DevelopmentDIP
Child DevelopmentAS
Child DevelopmentCERT
CISCO NetworkingCERT
Computer and Information TechnologyAAS
Computer Applied TechnologyAS
Computer Engineering TechnologyAAS
Computer Engineering TechnologyDIP
Computer Maintenance and RepairCERT
Computer ScienceAS
Computer SpecialistCERT
Computer SpecialistAAS
Computer Support TechnicianDIP
Computer Support TechnicianAAS
Computerizing Small BusinessDIP
Cosmetology-Other StatesDIP
Dental AssistantDIP
Dental AssistantAAS
Desktop Support SpecialistCERT
Diesel Mechanics (Ag and Truck)DIP
Diesel Powertrain and Hydraulics CertificateCERT
Diesel Technician (Ag and Truck)DIP
Diesel TechnologyAAS
Education ParaprofessionalCERT
Electric Utility Substation TechnicianDIP
Electric Utility Substation TechnologyAAS
Emergency Medical ServicesCERT
Emergency Medical TechnicianCERT
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Essentials of Farm Business ManagementCERT
Farm Business ManagementDIP
Fluid Power TechnologyAAS
Fluid Power TechnologyDIP
Health Information TechnologyAAS
Healthcare Supervision and LeadershipCERT
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/RefrigerationCERT
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration TechnicianDIP
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration TechnologyAAS
Home Health AideCERT
Human ServicesAS
Individualized StudiesAS
Industrial TechnolgyAAS
Industrial Technology ICERT
Industrial Technology IIDIP
Information Security AdministrationCERT
Information Security and AssuranceAAS
Information Security ManagementCERT
IT Workplace AssistantCERT
IT Workplace SpecialistCERT
Lamb and Wool ManagementDIP
Law EnforcementAAS
Law EnforcementAS
Law Enforcement SkillsCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine ToolCERT
Management and Supervision in HealthcareAS
Massage TherapyDIP
Medical Administrative SecretaryAAS
Medical AssistantDIP
Medical AssistantAAS
Medical Coding SpecialistDIP
Medical Laboratory TechnicianAAS
Medical SecretaryDIP
Networking SpecialistAS
Networking SpecialistDIP
Networking SpecialistAAS
Nursing AssistantCERT
Phlebotomy TechnicianCERT
Plant Science, GIS/GPSAS
Plumbing TechnicianDIP
Plumbing TechnologyAAS
Power Sports TechnologyDIP
Powerline TechnicianDIP
Powerline TechnologyAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Precision Agriculture Application TechnicianCERT
Production AgricultureDIP
Programmer SpecialistCERT
Radiologic TechnologyAAS
Small Business ManagementDIP
Solar Photovoltaic TechnicianCERT
Supervisory Leadership in ManagementCERT
Surgical TechnologyDIP
Technology Workplace ReadyCERT
Web DevelopmentAS
Webpage Design AssistantCERT
Wind Energy MechanicDIP
Wind Energy TechnologyAAS
Program TitleAward
Accounting ClerkDIP
Administrative AssistantAAS
Administrative AssistantDIP
Applications SpecialistCERT
Biofuels Technology BiodieselCERT
Biofuels Technology EthanolCERT
Business ManagementAAS
Business ManagementAS
CISCO NetworkingCERT
Computer SpecialistCERT
Desktop Support SpecialistCERT
Education ParaprofessionalCERT
Emergency Medical TechnicianCERT
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Health Information TechnologyAAS
Healthcare Supervision and LeadershipCERT
Individualized StudiesAS
Information Security and AssuranceAAS
Information Security ManagementCERT
IT Workplace AssistantCERT
IT Workplace SpecialistCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Management and Supervision in HealthcareAS
Medical Administrative SecretaryAAS
Medical Coding SpecialistDIP
Medical SecretaryDIP
Programmer SpecialistCERT
Supervisory Leadership in ManagementCERT
Technology Workplace ReadyCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • 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 and Redwood Falls. We encourage and invite you to visit us, and understand why you will Learn with Purpose!

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,657

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 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

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.




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  • Cultural Diversity Club
Farming and agricultural
  • Postsecondary Agricultural Student Org
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
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  • Student Government
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  • Choir
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  • Softball
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