North Hennepin Community College

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North Hennepin Community College
NHCC Logo 2021.png
MottoEngaging students, changing lives
TypePublic community college
Established1966; 56 years ago (1966)
Parent institution
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
PresidentRolando García[1]
ProvostJesse Mason
Students9,742 credit students enrolled in fiscal year 2018
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and white

North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) is a public community college in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. It was founded in 1966 and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


The college was founded in 1966 as North Hennepin State Junior College, opening concurrently with two other state junior colleges in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Metropolitan State University. North Hennepin operated during its first three years in the former facilities of Osseo Junior High School in Osseo.[2] Classes were first offered in September 1966, with a first semester enrollment of 425 students.[3] The current site in Brooklyn Park was selected in 1967, and the new campus opened in the fall of 1969.[4] The school's name was changed to North Hennepin Community College in 1973.[5]


NHCC offers associate degrees as well as certificates. North Hennepin also offers 13 bachelor's degree programs through collaboration with universities in Minnesota. Full degrees for certain majors can be obtained via NHCC and courses required in other majors can also be taken at their campus.

North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Lance Kiland (November 27, 1947 to June 30, 2015) an American painter and Professor. He held a B.A. from Moorhead State University and M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. A founding members of NHCC's Art Department and established the current Graphic Design program. His artwork is a vision of emotional, cultural, and psychic complexity filled with irony, agony, and gentle humor, reflecting his lifelong examination of both art and life. His work is in many private and public collections including the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "New President". (Press release). Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Clipped From The Minneapolis Star". The Minneapolis Star. 1966-08-11. p. 11. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  3. ^ "Clipped From The Minneapolis Star". The Minneapolis Star. 1966-09-22. p. 64. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  4. ^ "Clipped From The Minneapolis Star". The Minneapolis Star. 1967-02-16. p. 12. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  5. ^ North Hennepin Community College Course Catalog 2011-12. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. 2012. p. 6.
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  7. ^ "Legislator Record - Goodwin, Barbara J. "Barb"". Minnesota Legislators Past & Present. Retrieved 2012-12-08.

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