Campus Notes for March 13

Plumbing Technology program to be offered on the Minnesota West Pipestone Campus

Minnesota West Community & Technical College will offer the Plumbing Technology Program on the Pipestone campus, fall semester of 2019. Program options for plumbing will include a 45 credit diploma program and a 60 credit A.A.S. Degree option for students to choose from.

The Plumbing Technology program prepares students for work in all phases of plumbing using a variety of hand and power tool skills. Course work includes training in assembly, installation and repair of pipes, fittings and fixtures which make up water supply or waste disposal systems. Minnesota State plumbing apprenticeship and other certification is attained upon completion of the program. 

The Plumbing Technology graduate studies building plans and working drawings to determine work aids and plans the sequence of installation according to print specifications and codes. 

The majority of plumbers enter the trade as apprentices, working toward journeyman and master status in residential, commercial and industrial work. Plumbers work in various sized shops in many communities and employment exists nationwide.

“Minnesota West has a proud tradition of responding to the workforce needs of our region.  With this in mind we are excited to be bringing the Plumbing program to the Pipestone Campus of Minnesota West in the Fall of 2019.  Job openings and demand is expected to be very strong in the next 10 years with faster than average growth in the industry.  Our tuition is affordable and our program allows students to be earning a quality wage in a short timeframe,” said Paul Lanoue, dean of Agriculture and Business.

Anderson named to fall dean’s list at Bemidji State

Danica Anderson from Granite Falls earned dean’s list honors from Bemidji State University in Bemidji at the conclusion of the fall 2018 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 GPA during the semester. A total of 797 students earned fall 2018 dean’s list honors from the university, and an additional 362 students earned president’s list honors for earning perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Local students selected to University of Minnesota Twin Cities dean’s list

The following students have been named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the university announced.

To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade-point average.

Canby: Geneva Taylor; Clarkfield: Sophia Louwagie; Cottonwood: Jacob Meiners; Dawson: Faith Anyasike; Marshall: Blaise Andries, Joseph Blanchard, Melodee Grant, Jacob Greathouse, Jordan Labat, Aaron Owen, Carly Schneider; Tracy: Ethan Voss; Tyler: Dain LaRock.

Scholarships available through Avera Marshall Auxiliary

The Avera Marshall Auxiliary announces five $1,000 scholarships.

The application can be found in school counselor’s offices and on school websites.

These scholarships are for students planning to pursue a career in a healthcare field.

Applications must be submitted to Coleen Frye on or before May 1.

Scholarships will be awarded at the Auxiliary board meeting on June 12.

Minnesota West will host Diesel Xtravaganza

Minnesota West Community & Technical College Canby campus will host the Diesel Xtravaganza event from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, check-in at the Diesel Technology building. Program shadowing is available from 10 a.m -noon during the Xtravaganza. During program shadowing students are able to choose one or more of the following programs to explore, diesel technology, dental assistant, electrician and wind energy technology. There will also be a burger feed open to the public 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Diesel Technology Building.

To register or find out more information about the Xtravaganza, visit or call 800-658-2330. This event is open to the public.