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    Century College is a two-year community and technical college located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

    As one of the largest two-year colleges in Minnesota, we serve over 21,000 credit and non-credit students every year.

    We offer degrees, diplomas, certificates, and courses in general education and transfer, business, human services, health sciences, technology, engineering, applied design, industrial and non-credit workforce training.

With a variety of student support and student life opportunities, including athletics, student clubs and organizations, campus theatre, Multicultural Center, LGBTQ Center, Veterans Center, and much more, Century College provides a welcoming and vibrant campus community. Hear from students about their Century College experiences.

As a "community" college, we care about our locality. We are engaged, connected and a resource within our local communities, including K-12 and workforce/industry partners. Get to know us!

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Mission Statement

Century College inspires, prepares, and empowers students to succeed in a changing world.

Vision Statement

To be a national leader in transforming lives through an innovative, rigorous, and compassionate approach to education.

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    Values

    The Century College community values:

    • inspiring learning
    • broadening perspectives
    • pursuing excellence
    • responding to community needs
    • achieving goals
    • transforming lives
    • celebrating achievement

Student Demographics - Academic Year 2017-18

  • Student Headcount (credit) - 12,440
  • Full-Year Equivalent (FYE) - 5,983
  • Students of Color - 39%
  • First Generation (Federal Definition) - 46%
  • Average Age - 25
  • Female - 55%
  • Male - 45%

Century College's Economic Contribution

  • The FY 17 overall annual combined economic contribution of Century College in Minnesota is $368.5 million. This includes a direct impact of $188.7 million and indirect/induced impact of $179.8 million.
  • Operational and capital spending in the State of Minnesota generated $146.9 million of the total impact and $221.6 million in impact from student and visitor spending.

Core Competencies for Student Learning

Century College’s Core Competencies articulate the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of graduates from all programs. These five Core Competencies were created with an eye towards ensuring that the learning provided at Century College remains relevant and aligned with student, workplace, and societal needs as well as with Century College’s mission and values.

1. Communication

  • Critically and effectively read
  • Critically and effectively write
  • Critically and effectively listen
  • Critically and effectively speak
  • Effectively send and receive nonverbal messages
  • Appropriately adapt oral and written discourse to various contexts and purposes
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and their professional world

2. Critical Thinking

  • State the problem or question at issue clearly and comprehensively, including the context, potential sources of bias, and opposing points of view
  • Gather information and evaluate sources for relevance, accuracy, logic, and fairness
  • Develop and articulate their own position clearly, offering logical, and sufficient evidence to support their conclusions
  • Select a course of action or solve a problem based on reasoned analysis and synthesis of information gathered
  • State the problem or question at issue clearly and comprehensively, including the context, potential sources of bias, and opposing points of view

3. Global, Cultural, and Intellectual Diversity

  • Identify individual and group similarities and differences
  • Analyze the beliefs, behaviors, and values of their own culture as well as others’
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and communities
  • Demonstrate skills and values needed to effectively live and work in a diverse global society

4. Ethical and Civic Responsibility

  • Identify their own ethical values and the social, environmental, political, and economic contexts of ethical behavior and decision-making
  • Analyze ethical dilemmas and articulate a well-reasoned position based on that analysis
  • Make decisions and take actions that will enhance the common good of society and the natural environment
  • Participate in the civic life of the community

5. Life Planning and Goal Setting

  • Articulate educational, professional, and personal goals through self-assessment and reflection
  • Identify strategies for fulfilling educational, professional, and personal goals
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt plans, building on prior experiences to respond to new and challenging contexts