Open House at New WorkForce Center and South of River Education Center in Burnsville

BURNSVILLE, Minn., Oct. 10, 2013—Inver Hills Community College, Metropolitan State University and the Minnesota WorkForce Center Dakota County – Burnsville are hosting a joint open house October 30, 2013, at the WorkForce Center and South of the River Education Center, co-located at 2800 County Road 42 in Burnsville, Minn.
“We’re proud of our WorkForce Center’s new site,” said Corinne Shepherd, chairperson of the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board, which played a key role in the site selection. “The presence of Inver Hills Community College and Metropolitan State University makes it easier for job seekers to explore educational options, upgrade skills and find good jobs. Employers will see a huge benefit as a result.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed building will take place from 4 to 4:30 p.m. followed by light refreshments and an opportunity for local business leaders and prospective students to tour the new facilities. Those interested can also meet with advisors from all three institutions until 6:30 p.m. to discuss opportunities to improve their job-hunting skills and training.
WorkForce Center staff will be available to speak about the various services and programs that Minnesota WorkForce Centers provide to job seekers and businesses.
“We are excited to showcase the collaboration of the WorkForce Center with businesses, colleges and universities and our strong ties to the local community,” said Mike Yanda, WorkForce Center operations manager at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), a partner of the WorkForce Center.
Prospective students will be able learn about Inver Hills’ nationally-recognized Adult Success through Accelerated Programs, which provides students a chance to earn credit for experiences they’ve gained through employment or other venues. Classes at the center are offered in an accelerated format, meeting for just eight weeks.
“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 degrees in their own neighborhood.”
“Providing access to extraordinary educational programs is one of Metropolitan State’s highest priorities,” said Metropolitan State President Sue K. Hammersmith. “Even in this age of online classes, access means classes that fit students’ lives, offered where they live and work. The South of the River Education Center is a key vehicle for accomplishing that.”
Inver Hills is offering general education courses in art, environmental science, Hispanic culture, business math, macroeconomics, sociology, biology and music, as well as a Principles of Customer Service Certificate, an A.S. in Contemporary Business, and an A.S. in Individualized Professional Studies at the site.
Metropolitan State will offer B.A. programs in business fields as well as Individualized Professional Studies.
Conveniently located on a public transit line just a mile west of I-35W, the Burnsville campus offers on-site parking, wireless Internet and easy access to major highways. All classes meet from 6-9 p.m., ideal for the working adult student. The WorkForce Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Current Inver Hills students can register online for classes at South of the River Education Center through their e-services account.
Prospective students should call the Inver Hills Admissions Team at 651-450-3902 for information about the application process or attend an admissions event at South of the River Education Center on November 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Inver Hills will have admissions, financial aid and academic advisors on hand to assist students in applying to Inver Hills Community College.

About Inver Hills

Inver Hills, a leader in liberal arts education in the south metro, also offers regionally and nationally recognized programs in computer networking, health care, and other community-based career fields. Founded in 1970, the college serves diverse populations while actively soliciting input from industry advisors, engaging students in experiential learning, and addressing Minnesota’s 21st-century workforce needs. More than 50 degree and certificate options—including A.A., A.F.A., A.S., and A.A.S.—prepare students for employment or permit them to continue their educations through transfer to four-year institutions.

About Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is America’s premier university for lifelong learning, providing unsurpassed, competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels while maintaining affordability.

About the Minnesota WorkForce Center Dakota Country – Burnsville

Minnesota WorkForce Centers help job seekers find employment, help businesses find workers, and help anyone at any stage explore and plan careers. This center is one in a system of nearly 50 WorkForce Centers statewide. Each offers a knowledgeable staff to guide you. Each provides essential tools to make your job search a success. Most services are free of charge.

For more information about the open house at the new WorkForce Center and South of the River Education Center, contact:

Anne Johnson
Interim Associate Vice President
Inver Hills Community College
(651) 450-3642

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