Agricultural Education and Animal Science will be the first two programs to utilize dual admission initiative

    Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) and the University of Minnesota Crookston announce a new comprehensive dual admissions agreement between the two institutions. The agreement establishes a cooperative academic relationship under NCTC’s NorthernConnect Dual Admission Program.

    NCTC President Dennis Bona and U of M Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause signed the new memorandum of agreement this week at NCTC’s Thief River Falls campus that will provide access and opportunity for students from both institutions.

     The agreement offers academically qualified NCTC students dual admission to U of M Crookston with the goal of working toward a bachelor’s degree through U of M Crookston while enrolled at NCTC in previously approved academic programs, and a reverse transfer program that permits U of M Crookston students to transfer credits back to NCTC and apply them towards an AA, AS, or AAS degree. Additionally, faculty from both institutions will be provided opportunities to collaborate in sharing, jointly developing and aligning curriculum to advance the quality and efficiency of the program.

     NorthernConnect allows NCTC students to be admitted at U of M Crookston through identified dual admission programs. Programs offered as dual admission options will be pre-approved by program faculty and possess specific credit hour and course requirements.

     Selected programs in agriculture at NCTC and U of M Crookston, specifically involving Agricultural Education and Animal Science, will be the first to utilize the NorthernConnect Dual Admission Program. U of M Crookston Chancellor Holz-Clause said, “Initially the dual admission partnership will focus on agriculture. Working together we hope to attract students to the field of agriculture, where employment opportunities are excellent and qualified individuals are in high demand.”

     This is the second NorthernConnect agreement implemented by NCTC.  In 2016 NCTC and Bemidji State University executed a similar agreement. NCTC President Dr. Bona said, “The dual admission program takes all of the guesswork out of transferring and allows a student to simply begin work on their bachelor’s degree from day one by taking advantage of the opportunities that both campuses have to offer.”

     For more information on the NorthernConnect Dual Admission Programs, visit