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Minnesota West celebrates its 75th

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College has had an extensive history of providing students with a quality higher education option. This year will mark the 75th anniversary of the Worthington campus.

"It is a very big accomplishment and a milestone for this institution," said Marie Johnson, Minnesota West campus marketer. "Throughout the years of operation there have been many transitional periods. But no matter what the college's name has been, the one thing that has always remained the same is providing a quality education at an affordable price for students attending Minnesota West."

Founded in 1936, the first campus was located at Worthington High School.

The college was initially under the jurisdiction of the local school district to give local students and those in surrounding communities a post secondary education option.

After 30 years of success, their location moved to its present-day campus north of Lake Okabena.

Another change would come in 1964 when Worthington Junior College was transferred to the State Junior College Board and changed its name to Worthington State Junior College.

The college's jurisdiction and name changed once again in 1973, with the new name being Worthington Community College and under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Community College System.

Yet another change came on July 1, 1995, when Worthington Community College became a member institution of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Their final change would come on Jan. 1, 1997 when Worthington Community College and Southwestern Technical College merged to become Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

"Seventy-five years is a tremendous accomplishment," Johnson added "With this great achievement at hand we are putting together some celebration festivities and events to help recognize the milestone.

Throughout the year there will be different competitions, and in the fall there will be a whole week of events to celebrate the anniversary incorporated with our Homecoming week."

The celebrations will commence with a community-wide competition to design a 75th anniversary logo for the Minnesota West Worthington campus.

The winning logo designer will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have the logo used for the remainder of the year on many of the mailings and publications that are specifically from the Worthington Campus.

"We're still in the planning stages for many of the anniversary events, but this competition will launch our celebrations of the Worthington campus," Johnson said. "We're open to many different logos that come in. We're looking for a logo that will tie Minnesota West's past, its present and the future of the college."

All submissions may be sent to Marie Johnson at, or mailed to Minnesota West Community and Technical College, ATTN: Marie Johnson, 1450 Collegeway Worthington, MN 56187. Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College also serves students at four other campuses in southwest Minnesota -- Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, and Pipestone. The college also provides learning centers at Fairmont, Luverne and Redwood Falls.