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Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Technical Training with Welding
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

School Highlights

Minnesota West Community and Technical College has five campuses and two 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 and Marshall.
  • State leader in online, distance delivery and technology
  • We serve 19 counties/21,000 square miles, distinguishing Minnesota West from all other colleges in Minnesota
  • #1 Community College in Minnesota 2017 by
  • #3 Best Online Community College nationally 2017 by
  • On campus wind tower used for both learning and power generation
  • We award $75K in scholarships annually
  • 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 (3 times)
  • Military Friendly School since 2014
  • Digital Survey Winner - 9 times
  • Students can earn an A.A. Degree 100% online
  • 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.
  • 83% of our graduates live, work, and contribute to a Minnesota community
  • 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

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 4,707
  • Full-time students: 36%
  • Part-time students: 63%
  • Percent female: 54%
  • Percent male: 43%
  • Percent students of color: 17%

Largest Programs

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

Unique Programs

Annually Minnesota West serves over 10,000 students from 39 states and 10 countries. 48% of our students are non-traditional (22 or older). Our graduation rates are 17% higher than our peers and 83% of our graduates live, work, and contribute to a Minnesota community.


• On Campus • Off Campus
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.


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


• Off Street


Admission 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

At Minnesota West Community & Technical College, we have made it our mission to help students develop the skills and education they will need as their individual futures begin to take shape. To help them Learn with Purpose.

When you Learn with Purpose, you prepare yourself for a career and a life beyond graduation. It's hands-on education. It's establishing a foundation on which you can build a future.

No matter where you are in life, an education at Minnesota West Community & Technical College is the first step toward a promising, purposeful future. With opportunities to earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate in more than 60 disciplines, plus convenient campus locations throughout southwest Minnesota as well as online learning opportunities, Minnesota West is well-suited to meet you where you’re at.

We offer small class sizes, personalized attention and focused, hands-on learning. Our technical programs provide students with the practical skills to begin successful careers in a variety of industries immediately upon graduation. Liberal arts programs at Minnesota West are a great starting point for careers or further study in numerous fields. Credits earned in our associate of arts and associate of science programs are designed for seamless transfer to other Minnesota State institutions. Whatever you choose to study, our instructors build programs that lead to student success year after year.

Program Title Award
Accountant AAS
Accountant DIP
Accounting CERT
Accounting Clerk DIP
Administrative Assistant AAS
Administrative Assistant DIP
Advanced Diesel Certificate CERT
Advanced Farm Business Management ATC
Agricultural Commodities Marketing CERT
Agriculture AS
Agriculture Business AS
Agriculture Business Management and Marketing AAS
Agriculture Production AAS
Agriculture Production Management AS
Applications Specialist CERT
Applications in Farm Business Management CERT
Automotive Advanced Engine Performance and Electrical CERT
Automotive Drivetrain Systems CERT
Automotive Engine Repair and Electrical CERT
Automotive Technician DIP
Automotive Technology AAS
Basic Diesel Certificate CERT
Biofuels Technology AAS
Biofuels Technology Biodiesel CERT
Biofuels Technology Ethanol CERT
Biotechnology Lab Technician AAS
Business Management AAS
Business Management AS
Business Management - Computer AS
CISCO Networking CERT
Carpentry AAS
Carpentry DIP
Carpentry CERT
Carpentry II DIP
Child Development AS
Child Development DIP
Child Development CERT
Community Health Worker CERT
Computer Applied Technology AS
Computer Engineering Technology AAS
Computer Engineering Technology DIP
Computer Maintenance and Repair CERT
Computer Science AS
Computer Specialist AAS
Computer Specialist CERT
Computer Support Technician DIP
Computer and Information Technology AAS
Computer and Networking Technology AAS
Computerizing Small Business DIP
Cosmetology DIP
Cosmetology-Other States DIP
Current Issues in Farm Business Management CERT
Dental Assistant AAS
Dental Assistant DIP
Desktop Support Specialist CERT
Diesel Mechanics (Ag and Truck) DIP
Diesel Powertrain and Hydraulics Certificate CERT
Diesel Technician (Ag and Truck) DIP
Diesel Technology AAS
Education Paraprofessional CERT
Electric Utility Substation Technician DIP
Electric Utility Substation Technology AAS
Electrician AAS
Electrician DIP
Emergency Medical Services CERT
Emergency Medical Technician CERT
Energy Technical Specialist AAS
Essentials of Farm Business Management CERT
Esthetician CERT
Farm Business Management DIP
Fluid Power Technology AAS
Fluid Power Technology DIP
Health Information Technology AAS
Healthcare Administrative Assistant AAS
Healthcare Administrative Assistant DIP
Healthcare Supervision and Leadership CERT
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration CERT
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technician DIP
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology AAS
Human Services AS
IT Workplace Assistant CERT
IT Workplace Specialist CERT
Individualized Studies AAS
Individualized Studies AS
Industrial Technolgy AAS
Industrial Technology I CERT
Industrial Technology II DIP
Information Security Administration CERT
Information Security Management CERT
Information Security and Assurance AAS
Information Technology CERT
Lamb and Wool Management DIP
Law Enforcement AAS
Law Enforcement AS
Law Enforcement Skills CERT
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Management CERT
Management and Supervision in Healthcare AS
Manufacturing Production Technician CERT
Massage Therapy DIP
Mechatronics AAS
Mechatronics DIP
Mechatronics Fluid Power Specialist CERT
Medical Assistant AAS
Medical Assistant DIP
Medical Coding Specialist DIP
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Nail Technician CERT
Networking Specialist AAS
Networking Specialist AS
Networking Specialist DIP
Nursing AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Office Management AS
Pharmacy Technician CERT
Pharmacy Technology DIP
Phlebotomy Technician CERT
Plant Science, GIS/GPS AS
Plumbing DIP
Plumbing Technician DIP
Plumbing Technology AAS
Powerline DIP
Powerline Technician DIP
Powerline Technology AAS
Powersports Technology DIP
Practical Nursing DIP
Precision Agriculture Application Technician CERT
Precision Machining AAS
Precision Machining DIP
Precision Machining CERT
Production Agriculture DIP
Programmer Specialist CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Receptionist CERT
Small Business Management DIP
Solar Photovoltaic Technician CERT
Supervisory Leadership in Management CERT
Surgical Technology AAS
Technology Workplace Ready CERT
Telecommunications AAS
Telecommunications CERT
Web Development AS
Webpage Design Assistant CERT
Welding DIP
Welding CERT
Wind Energy Mechanic DIP
Wind Energy Technology AAS
Windsmith CERT

The following degrees are available from Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Program emphases

Our top-notch technical programs offer the type of hands-on learning that prepare our students for success. 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. We encourage and invite you to visit us, and understand why you will Learn with Purpose.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,687.00
FAFSA Code:005263

Paying for an education is a major concern for future students. Rest assured, an education at Minnesota West is a great value. Not only do we work hard to keep our tuition affordable, but we offer small class sizes, personalized attention, and a focus on hands-on learning you won’t find at larger, more expensive schools.

Don’t let financial concerns prevent you from achieving your dreams. Students who complete a technical program or transferable associate of arts degree at Minnesota West will achieve substantial savings when compared to students who pursue a traditional track at a four-year institution. We also offer a variety of financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans to students who qualify.  See our website for scholarship opportunities.

How to apply for financial aid
Follow these steps:

Step 1
Apply for admission. New students must apply to the College and be admitted before financial aid can be awarded.

Step 2
Gather your Social Security number, your Income Tax Return, and your parent’s Income Tax Return (if you are under 24 and not married).

Step 3
You (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This will be your electronic signature on your FAFSA. Go to the Federal Student Aid website to create your FSA ID.

Step 4
Visit to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will be required to create a password just in case you have to save and close your application at any time. The school code for all Minnesota West campuses is 005263.

Step 5
Your financial aid will be processed by the FAFSA Central Processor which could take up to two weeks depending on the time of year. During this time, the Financial Aid Office will contact you via email (your Minnesota West email account if you have one) if further information or verification is needed. Complete your FAFSA for fall enrollment by July 15 to ensure your aid is processed before fall term begins.

Step 6
You will receive notification of your Award Letter which details the types and amounts of aid for which you are eligible. At this time, you can access your award through your Minnesota West e-Services Student Account. Your login information is on your college acceptance letter.

Step 7
Evaluate the Financial Aid that you have been offered to decide which sources you will use. To view your cost of attendance, go to Bills and Tuition option on your e-Services Student Account.

Grants - This is gift aid that you don’t have to pay back (Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, etc).
Subsidized Loans - This aid has to be paid back, but no interest accrues while you are in school.
Unsubsidized Loans - This aid has to be paid back and interest accrues while you are in school.
Work Study - This is on-campus employment.  Contact a Resource Specialist to see if you qualify.

Step 8
To request your loans, go to your e_Services Student Account, select Financial Aid and then Loans. Go to each tab across the top of the screen to complete all of the loan application steps. You can also use this site to check on the status of your loan application at any time.

Step 9
Text books may be purchased using a book voucher if you have submitted a valid FAFSA to Minnesota West. Check the bookstore for dates that book vouchers are available.

Step 10
Your financial aid is applied towards your college account at the Business Office after the start of the term. You can receive any overage money by either direct deposit (into your bank account) or by a check. Paper checks will be mailed to the permanent address on your student record. Direct deposit is the preferred method for student overage disbursement..

Campus Life

Minnesota West believes providing opportunities for students to interact and grow outside the classroom is an important aspect of delivering a well-rounded education. To that end, each of our campuses offers opportunities to encourage an active and social lifestyle while attending college. These include participating in student senate, numerous clubs, music ensembles, theater productions, and organizations, such as Business Professionals of America and Phi Theta Kappa.

Athletics are also an important part of student life at Minnesota West. We are a member of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Our intercollegiate teams compete in a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. We also offer a number of intramural athletic opportunities, including men's and women's club soccer, which begin for the first time in fall 2016.


  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • LARC
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Honor Society
Arts and literature
  • Art Club
  • Uncover Magazine
Career and professional
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Cosmetology Club
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Student Ambassadors
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Cultural Diversity Club
Farming and agricultural
  • Postsecondary Agricultural Student Org
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramurals
  • Law Enforcement Club
  • Mens Soccer
  • Trap Shooting
  • Womens Soccer
Student government
  • Student Government
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Music Club
  • Theater Club
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Mens Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Womens Basketball
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187
Toll-Free: (800) 658-2330
Local: (800) 658-2330
TTY: (800) 658-2330