Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a consolidated community/technical college formed on January 1, 1997 when Southwestern Technical College and Worthington Community College merged.
Minnesota West offers liberal arts and sciences programs that are transferable to four-year institutions and technical and career programs that lead to employment or possibly transfer.
Students at Minnesota West have the opportunity to take classes through multiple delivery methods: traditional classrooms, instructional television classrooms, and online classrooms.
At Minnesota West, we focus on developing Internet based courses that parallel campus courses. Online courses are taught by college faculty who work with students throughout the duration of the course. Instructors apply the same rigorous academic standards for success with an online course as they do in their traditional classroom courses.
The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA). View the institutional Self Study and the Request for Institutional Change for the Higher Learning Commission.
The basic requirement for admittance to Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) certificate.
Admission to Minnesota West does not guarantee admission to college-level courses or programs of study. Programs and courses fill up on a first come-first served basis so you should apply early. Some programs require an additional separate admissions process. See listing below.
You must apply to the college before registering for classes. To begin taking classes at Minnesota West, you must first be admitted, take the college assessment test, complete orientation, and register for classes.
Covering college costs is usually a cooperative effort involving student and parent resources and financial aid, which can consist of grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment.
The responsibility of financing a college education begins with students and parents and their financial capability to contribute to the costs. How much parents and students are expected to contribute is determined by a Department of Education Needs Analysis Formula.