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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Minn. West kicks off ‘14 school year

  • A new year at Minnesota West
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    Eager Minnesota West Community and Technological students and staff began the new school year this past Monday.
    The big story of the year will be administrative changes as President, Dr. Barbara McDonald takes over for Dr. Richard Schrubb and a new Campus Dean is named to replace Linda DeGriselles  after her departure in October.
    “We are thrilled to have our new interim President, Dr. Barbara McDonald on board and leading our college with some great positive energy,” said Granite Falls Campus Marketer Andrea Mills.
    Mills said that other items of interest include the increased presence of Post Secondary Enrollment Students from area high schools like, the return of the BlueJay Cafe’, and a tuition freeze holding student costs on par with that of two years ago.
    Mills said that statewide enrollment at MnSCU institutions are projected to be down about 5%,  and about a 9 percent decline college-wide this year at Minnesota West.
    “The enrollment decline was projected, and is basically attributed to the low unemployment rate, concern over the price of college, and concern over student loan debt,” she said.
    Programs seeing strong interest this year include nursing, liberal arts, computer support, child development, as well as Fluid Power Technology.
    “Our Fluid Power Technology program as a new partnership with Dakota Fluid Power, headquartered out of Sioux Falls, SD, where Dakota Fluid Power is paying 50% tuition re-imbursement to anyone that graduates from our Fluid Power Technology program and goes to work at Dakota Fluid Power,” said Mills.

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