A Metropolitan State University partnership to offer students bachelor degree major options at North Hennepin Community College’s (NHCC) Brooklyn Park campus was signed at a commemoration event March 3.
The partnership provides the unprecedented offering for higher education to students in the west metro, where demand is increasing for high quality degrees at the baccalaureate, bachelors and masters levels. As soon as students enter NHCC they can begin to consider their four-year degrees. The partnership currently offers students nursing and business administration as bachelor’s degree options at NHCC’s Brooklyn Park campus. Economics, English and human services are scheduled to be available in fall 2016. Communication studies and health systems studies will be offered in fall 2017, with psychology to be offered in fall 2018.
Audua Pugh, a NHCC student studying human services, spoke at the event. “I have had a wonderful experience here at North Hennepin. When I found out that Metropolitan State was offering on campus bachelor’s degree programs, I was so happy,” Pugh said. “I specifically chose those classes at North Hennepin because I knew there was a direct path to Metro State.”
Pugh in February 2015 won all the All-USA Community College Academic Team scholarship and the Phi Theta Kappa New Century scholarship. She completed her two-year degree in May 2015 and will work toward her bachelor’s degree under the new partnership. She hopes to earn her doctorate.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity and door-opener for those that may not have continued toward their bachelors degree. This will create new possibilities for students. I am excited for this partnership, and I’m so grateful for it,” Pugh said.
In a prerecorded video address presented at the event, Sen. Amy Klobuchar praised and thanked the education community for this important step in helping Minnesotans obtain the education they need and deserve. “Everyone attending today knows that education is the path to a better life. You’ve seen it in your own lives and the lives of your students and families,” Klobuchar said, recounting her own family’s experience in being improved and lifted through education. “That’s why this new partnership is so powerful.”
Students, faculty and staff from both campuses attended the event to hear from featured speakers including Metropolitan State Interim President Dr. Devinder Malhotra, NHCC President Dr. Barbara McDonald, Metropolitan State Executive Vice President and Provost Ginny Arthur, NHCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Landon Pirius and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Ron Anderson.
“This is our best Metro strategy and a great day which gives manifestation to ‘Charting the Future’ for all the students who come to the institution. A harbinger of great things to come,” Pres. Malhotra said.
“I know we have big dreams and plans for the future. I look forward to a long partnership here,” Provost Arthur said.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Metro State University to offer four-year degree completion to our students,” Pres. McDonald said. “These options provide a clear and accessible pathway to achieve a four-year degree. Through the collaborative and aligned efforts of our faculty, staff and administration, students can now take these high-level courses right here at NHCC without having to commute or relocate across the state.”