Introduction

Greetings-

We are excited to welcome you to Normandale Community College and are here to assist you with any questions you may have. At Normandale, you'll find academic and career-bound programs that, in our estimation, are second to none. We offer an exciting college environment that extends far beyond the classroom and lab.

Our team of more than 600 faculty and staff are truly dedicated to Normandale's mission of ensuring you the highest quality educational experience possible. And as a student you'll receive an added dimension of support from qualified counselors and staff members who share in the fulfillment of this mission.

In addition, the variety of opportunities to be found in our student life activities and clubs, student government, recreational sports and other organizations provide a winning combination for lasting success that extends long after graduation.

You'll come to appreciate the close connections Normandale shares with our surrounding communities. Our award-winning Center for Service-Learning offers students many unique opportunities to get involved in community outreach. And the Normandale Community College Foundation, comprised of local business leaders, brings a variety of alternative financial resources to support the many student scholarships available to you, as well as programs such as the Academy for Math and Science.

We have recently expanded to fit the needs of our students, going forward with $50 million worth of improvements to the campus over the last two years. This process began in August 2011 with the completion of the new Kopp Student Center and continued with the addition of the 725-stall parking ramp in August 2012 and the state of the art 76,000 square foot Academic Partnership Center in January 2013. These facilities will help us continue our vision of being a recognized leader in academic excellence, student support, and community and workforce development.

As increasing numbers of students choose Normandale, we are working to discover more exciting opportunities to grow and expand our reach to serve underserved and emerging communities. In addressing all these opportunities for growth and improvement, we want you to know that service to students remains our calling as we strive to create futures and change lives.

We invite you to navigate through the pages of our web site, and better yet, come visit our campus. Tour the facilities, ask questions, and discover what so many of our current students and alumni have come to realize: that Normandale is where you belong. We look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Joseph Opatz

President, Normandale Community