Legislative Updates

Legislative Request

As a part of the Minnesota State system, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis College) receives funding via the legislative request submitted by Minnesota State.

Minnesota State is the fifth largest system of colleges and universities in the nation with 30 state colleges and universities across the state that serve as an essential resource to students, business, and industry.

In addition to requesting its operating budget, Minnesota State is requesting $178 million in new funding for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

FY2018-FY2019 Minnesota State legislative request

Minnesota State has requested $178 million in new funding over the next biennium.

  • $143 million to support and protect campuses like Minneapolis College
  • $25 million for critical technology replacements impacting Minneapolis College
  • $10 million for student incentive grants

View the Minnesota State FY2018-FY2019 Budget Request

View the complete Minnesota State FY2018-FY2019 Legislative Request book

Impact of the Minnesota State legislative request to Minneapolis College

Estefania Navarro at Minneapolis College

"At Minneapolis College, I have found a community of students who support each other and a great diversity of cultures, ages and experiences. Minneapolis College has made it easier for me to realize my dream of being the first in my family to graduate.

"The low cost gives me the opportunity to go to school without having to borrow. I have been able to choose my schedule so that I can work and study at the same time."

- Estefania Navarro, Minneapolis College Student Star Scholar Advisor

Minneapolis College will receive $5.4 million of the $143 million supporting and protecting campuses, and an estimated 1,239 students will be supported by the funding for incentive grants.

A fully-funded request will allow us to:

  • Continue to funnel diverse, highly qualified individuals into Minnesota’s workforce in high-wage earning, high-demand fields
  • Continue service as the only open access college in Minneapolis

A not fully-funded request will:

  • Impair our ability to contribute graduates to the 74 percent of jobs in Minnesota estimated to require some post-secondary credentials by 2020
  • Impair our ability to help bridge the state’s employment gap with underrepresented students that constitute the majority of its student body
  • Place us at financial risk

Learn more about the impact to Minneapolis College

2017 Minneapolis College capital request

Should any portion of the Minnesota State capital request be funded, Minneapolis College is included for:

  • $4.4 million in asset preservation–Higher Education Asset Preservation and Renewal (HEAPR)
  • $4.5 million for the Hennepin Skyway Renovation, which is Minnesota State system priority #18

Extraordinary reasons to #FundMinnesotaState and Minneapolis College

Minneapolis College will receive $5.4 million of the $143 million supporting and protecting campuses, and an estimated 1,239 students will be supported by the funding for incentive grants.

Nangah Tabah, Minneapolis College Alumna

"Not only did my instructors impart knowledge and demand experience, they sought to empower and nurture. Excellence was the driving force behind their instruction, mentoring and support."

- Nangah Tabah, Minneapolis College Alumna, Associate Attorney, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy, NYC

  • Minneapolis College is one of 37 state colleges and universities that are part of the Minnesota State system
  • The colleges and universities that make up Minnesota State are home to 54 campuses, one of which belongs to Minneapolis College
  • Minnesota State serves 396,000 students annually, and Minneapolis College serves 13,511 of those students
  • Minnesota State serves more students of color, first generation college students, and low-income students, including the 56 percent of Minneapolis College students who are students of color and the 50 percent who are Pell eligible
  • Minneapolis College offers more than 110 degrees, diplomas, and certificates in liberal arts and career and technical programs, in addition to Destination: Diploma to Degree (D3), PSEO, TRIO and concurrent enrollment programs that serve high school students from under-served communities
  • We partner with businesses and organizations–such as Target, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Power of YOU–in an effort to make sure we offer the right programs, in the right places, turning out the right number of graduates who are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the jobs of the future
  • We contribute to economic security for the city by providing skilled workforce for in-demand fields such as our welding and metal fabrication and CNC machining programs, providing 100 percent placement for job-seekers
  • We provide assistance for transit, meals, clothing, and childcare, in addition to expanded healthcare offerings supporting student success and retention

View the Minnesota State Extraordinary Facts

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