Northland Community & Technical College was recently  honored with a House resolution  recognizing its dedication to educational excellence by the Minnesota Legislature. The House resolution commends NCTC President Dennis Bona and staff for their commitment to creating outstanding educational opportunities for students in the region. Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel were on-hand to present this commendation to President Bona.

    In August,  NCTC earned a top-five ranking  on WalletHub’s list of  Best Community Colleges. This nationwide evaluation of over 700 American Association of Community Colleges member schools examined colleges based on 17 key metrics including cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes. The results of this comparison ranked seven Minnesota colleges in the top 20 making the Minnesota State system the second best in the nation.

    "When I saw that NCTC was ranked as a top five community college nationwide, I knew that we had to recognize this achievement at the legislature," said Rep. Dan Fabian. "We are incredibly fortunate to have strong post-secondary education opportunities for students in our area, and I want to once again congratulate all of the students, faculty and staff at NCTC on this fantastic achievement!"

    The ranking is a byproduct of the efforts of NCTC faculty and staff to whom Bona credits. “This recognition is the result of a total team effort. Every service the college provides is an integrated activity that requires everyone, especially faculty, to do their job well. I’m very proud of the team we have put together at NCTC!”

    As the number five college, NCTC offers an attractive alternative to the traditional four-year educational path with its dynamic variety of programs and course offerings. In addition, the NorthernConnect  Dual Admission Program  provides a segue for students to receive their bachelor’s degree in cooperation with partner colleges, Bemidji State and U of M Crookston. With nearly 5,000 students enrolled full and part-time, NCTC has realized a spike of 6% in enrollment for the fall 2018 semester. Variety and flexibility accompanied with affordable tuition are having an impact on NCTC’s campuses. This ultimately contributes to the dynamics of the local workforce and can transform the surrounding community and region.

    "We are privileged to have nationally-recognized higher education institutions like NCTC right here in Northwest Minnesota. Higher education plays an instrumental role in a strong economy and workforce, and I will continue to champion policies at the legislature that supports our outstanding colleges and universities," Representative Deb Kiel remarked.