The New Two-Year College

How exorbitant college costs and national and state job trends have made Minnesota’s two-year colleges and technical programs solid investments.

Women in the electrical, welding, and cabinetmaking programs at Saint Paul College
Women in the electrical, welding, and cabinetmaking programs at Saint Paul College, a community and technical college.

New Response to Career Trends

Though the national career outlook for recent college graduates is pretty bleak, there’s a silver lining on Minnesota’s horizon: 70 percent of all jobs in our state will require some postsecondary training in 2018. Top jobs? In energy: electricians, supervisors of construction and trades, electrical power line installers and repairers. In health care: nurses, dental assistants, medical assistants, and home health aides. In technology: pretty much anything.

Minnesota’s two-year programs have always been quick to respond to such workforce needs. For instance, at Dunwoody College of Technology, “All of our programs have an advisory committee made up of industry professionals who help inform what we teach and how we teach it,” says Jeff Ylinen, Dunwoody’s provost. All 10 MnSCU community and technical colleges in the metro area have a department that works specifically with businesses to assess training needs. And last year, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Employment and Economic Development partnered with MnSCU for listening sessions in six industries across the state to find out what our community and technical colleges can do to meet the workforce requirements of Minnesota employers.

In the end, employment is still the goal for students, families, and employers. Says Allison Friedly, director of marketing and public relations for Saint Paul College (a community and technical college), “Employers are not only looking for someone that is good with mechanical tools and machines or systems, but also employees who communicate well with clients and co-workers, possess critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and understand what it means to be a team player.” Minnesota’s two-year colleges and programs aim to provide that.


Metro-Area Colleges with Two-Year Programs

Only some of the options


Public Community and Technical Colleges

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College 11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, 763-433-1100, anokaramsey.edu
  • Anoka Technical College 1355 Hwy. 10 W., Anoka, 763-576-4700, anokatech.edu
  • Century College 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake, 651-779-3300, century.edu
  • Dakota County Technical College 1300 E. 145th St., Rosemount, 651-423-8301, dctc.edu
  • Hennepin Technical College 9000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park; 13100 College View Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-995-1300, hennepintech.edu
  • Inver Hills Community College 2500 E. 80th St., Inver Grove Heights, 651-450- 3000, inverhills.edu
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College 1501 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-659-6000, minneapolis.edu
  • North Hennepin Community College 7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, 763-488-0391, nhcc.edu
  • Normandale Community College 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-358-8200, normandale.edu
  • Saint Paul College 235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-846-1600, saintpaul.edu

Private, For-Profit Community and Technical Colleges

  • DeVry University 7700 France Ave. S., Ste. 575, Edina, 952-838-1860, devry.edu
  • Globe University—Minnesota School of Business Multiple locations, globeuniversity.edu
  • Rasmussen College Multiple locations, rasmussen.edu

Private, Non-Profit Technical Colleges

  • Dunwoody College of Technology 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Mpls., 612-374-5800, dunwoody.edu
—Compiled by Taylor Selcke