New Burnsville campus offers accelerated, evening classes

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS – Inver Hills Community College is widening its reach this fall, opening a new campus in Burnsville just a mile west of Interstate 35W off County Road 42.

The campus, featuring modern classrooms housed within the newly built Minnesota WorkForce Center, will offer evening classes in an accelerated format that allows students to complete them in just eight weeks. Conveniently located on a public transit line, the Burnsville campus also offers on-site parking, wireless Internet, and easy access to major roadways – including Highway 13, Interstate 35W and County Road 42.

“Our students tell us that accessibility and flexibility are more important to them than ever before,” Inver Hills President Tim Wynes said. “Higher education has historically been inconvenient for those living in the Burnsville community and nearby Scott County, but this new Burnsville campus will allow for folks in those areas to work on their college degree in their own neighborhood.”

While classes are open to all who become Inver Hills students, Wynes sees the setting as ideal for working adults who have commitments during the day that make attending traditional college classes difficult. The accelerated class format allows for students to take one class at a time, twice per semester.

Prospective students will get the chance to take a first look at the new campus on Aug. 13, when the college’s nationally-recognized adult program, Adult Success through Accelerated Programs (ASAP), hosts an information session from 6-8 p.m. Admissions representatives also will be on hand to walk prospective students through the enrollment process.

Classes offered at the Burnsville campus this fall include: Introduction to Art; Environmental Science; Hispanic Cultures and Civilization; Educational Planning and Assessment; Business Math; Public Speaking; Principles of Macroeconomics; Social Inequalities: Race, Class & Gender; Exploring Biology; Beginning Class Guitar; and Introduction to Political Science. Start dates vary from August to October. All are held in the evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., ideal for the working adult student.

Course offerings are expected to change each semester, with Wynes noting that, as demand increases for classes at this site, the college will respond and grow with it.

For years, students across the metro have taken advantage of Inver’s online degree and certificate offerings, including the Associate in Arts degree designed to transfer as general education credits to four-year universities, the Associate in Science in Contemporary Business, the Associate in Applied Science in Contemporary Business Practice, and the Child Care Teacher, Criminal Justice, Customer Service, Human Resource Management, Project Management, and Sales and Marketing certificates.

The college also offers more than 75 online classes each fall and spring semester, and half that number during summer session.

For more information about Inver Hills Community College or to speak to an admissions advisor, visit or email Adults interested in learning more about the ASAP program can contact or (651) 450-3367.

The Burnsville campus of Inver Hills Community College is located at 2800 County Road 42 West in Burnsville, at the northwest corner of County Road 42 and Judicial Road.

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