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Minnesota West announces enrollment growt

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community and Technical College announced on Tuesday that its college enrollment numbers had grown.

The college is up 6 percent in enrollment for the spring 2016-2017 academic term, which marks a two-year high for the college. Every division and every campus is experiencing growth from the prior year.

Dr. Terry Gaalswyk, Minnesota West president, said he’s extremely proud of the work the college is doing to attract more students.

“Our college has a spirit of service to students,” Gaalswyk said. “The college is committed to the students and the communities we serve. Most recently we are undergoing more strategic planning efforts to continue to enhance our mission, goals, and opportunities for the future.”

Dan Roos, dean at the Worthington campus, is proud of the attributes the Worthington campus boosts to students. This year, the college has added club soccer for men and women to athletics. Also new this year is bus transportation between the Worthington and Jackson campus to decrease the barriers of transportation for students.

The Center for Career Education (formerly the city’s fire hall) has been an industry-driven success with the Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics program as businesses such as JBS, AGCO and Bedford send employees for continued education in the field. The Practical Nursing Program achieved a 96 percent pass rate for NCLEX (nursing license). which tied for first place in the state of Minnesota. The Law Enforcement program has also had a 52 percent growth in enrollment numbers.

Minnesota West was also recently named a top online college for the third year in a row and the No. 1 Community College in Minnesota by The college has also been recognized three times as a Top 150 Community College by the Aspen Institute, nine times as a Digital Survey winner, and a Military Friendly school since 2014.

The college educates more than 10,000 students annually from 37 states and 11 countries. Graduation rates are 17 percent higher than its peers, and 83 percent of its graduates live, work and contribute to a Minnesota community.

Minnesota West will be offering an early registration event for fall-start students on April 5, as well as an opportunity to apply for over $75,000 in scholarship opportunities.  

“Sincere gratitude goes out to our students, staff/faculty, alumni, business partners, community leaders, representatives, and friends of the college for your continued support to Minnesota West Community & Technical College,” Gaalswyk said.