Seeing the Big Picture
Northwest Technical College began in 1965 with its establishment as the Bemidji Area Vocational Institute. The two-year college offers a breadth of certificate, diploma and associate degree programs — both on campus and online — that serve the needs of students and employers in northern Minnesota and beyond. Its unique, innovative alignment with Bemidji State University has been not only evolutionary, but in many ways revolutionary. That continues to be further refined as the college and university pursue a strong, strategic partnership that increases student access to educational opportunities, and also ensures wise use of resources — all while preserving each institution’s distinct character.
NTC and BSU not only share a president, Dr. Richard A. Hanson, but also several key administrators whose responsibilities naturally encompass both institutions. These include Robert Griggs, vice president for innovation and extended learning, who also serves as dean of NTC, and Karen Snorek, vice president for finance and administration. In addition, the chief human resources officer, chief information officer, executive directors for student services and student success and the director of communications and marketing all serve dual roles.
NTC continues to fulfill its mission and successfully serve the people of northern Minnesota and the state, attracting a diverse group of students with an open enrollment policy, affordable tuition and high-quality education. The college is home to more than 1,100 students enrolled in automotive, business, health and human services and industrial technology career programs. Curriculum within those areas supports 32 certificates, 16 diplomas, 29 AAS degrees and five AS degrees. Those students include both recent high school graduates preparing to pursue their first careers and adult learners who seek to advance in their current field or make a career change.