Campus Notes for Oct. 18

Shouse receives scholarship

Meghan Shouse of Marshall has received the Textiles and Clothing Scholarship from the Iowa State University Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management for the 2017-18 academic year. Shouse is studying apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College Network Security program ranked No. 2 in the US

Minnesota West Community & Technical College Network Security program has been ranked No. 2 in the U.S. by “In a review of schools across the nation, Minnesota West’s program stood out in both quality and affordability,” according to

Loan default rates, graduation rates, affordability, academic pedigree and online/distance learning availability are some of the key factors looked at by during its ranking process. These rankings are designed to help students find affordable network security degree online programs that are fully accredited and offer low tuition rates with the greatest return on investment.

For more information about the rankings visit or for more information about Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Minnesota West Law Enforcement Day is Oct. 25

Minnesota West Community & Technical College Law Enforcement Program will host a Law Enforcement Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, October 25. During this day, potential students will be able to experience a day in the law enforcement program by participating in numerous classes with current law enforcement students and visiting with instructors. Students will participate in a defensive tactics and firearms class, listen to an overview of the law enforcement program and meet with law enforcement instructors. Students can apply on this day free of charge, during the free application week at Minnesota West.

For more information or to register for this event, contact Ronald Schwint at 507-372-3405 or

Minnesota West named one of 150 top U.S. community colleges eligible to compete for $1 million Aspen Prize

Minnesota West Community & Technical College was named one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize.

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Minnesota West to Host Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation ceremony

Minnesota West will host a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation ceremony where the institution will be officially proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Company. The proclamation ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Commons on the Worthington campus. There will be a reception to follow. Community members are invited to join us in celebrating this monumental accomplishment and recognition.

As a Yellow Ribbon Company, Minnesota West strives to establish and sustain, an internal Yellow Ribbon Network uniting areas within the college community to create a comprehensive force that connects and coordinates key areas to proactively support and recognize service members and military families.

For more information, call Barb Staples at 507-372-3470 or

Minnesota West celebrates Medical Assistants Week

Minnesota West Community and Technical College is celebrating students and alumni during Medical Assistants Recognition Week, which is celebrated every year during the third full week in October.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College Medical Assistant program was recently named the No. 4 Top Medical Assistant programs by The ranking was compiled from IPEDS and the College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The ranking objectively assess online medical assisting programs according to affordability, academic quality and student satisfaction.

Medical assistants are health professionals who support the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinic setting. Their responsibilities can include both administrative and clinical duties.

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners functions as members of the health care delivery team and performs administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.

For more information about the program, visit