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Minneapolis College opens new $2.5M Academic Success Center

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October 22, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (October 22, 2018) - The new Academic Success Center at Minneapolis College opened its doors in time for the more than 6,700 students attending the College this fall. The Center brings a $2.5 million, 16,400 square-foot ultra-modern space, equipped with the latest breakthrough technology and services, to the College to help its diverse student body reach their full academic potential and prepare for today’s workforce.

Nearly 60 part-time tutors join the director and seven full-time staff members to staff the Center to ensure students can obtain individualized support for academic success.

This innovative space offers students:
  • Tutoring in writing, math, biology, nursing and an array of additional subjects
  • A new computer lab with tutoring support to assist students in building digital literacy
  • A speech practice lab with recording equipment
  • Individual and group study areas
  • Course placement testing and tutoring

“The Academic Success Center is committed to providing a modern, comfortable and safe learning environment with state-of-the-art equipment and technology,” said Dr. Gail O’Kane, vice president of Academic Affairs. The services are available to Minneapolis College students at no cost. “Our goal is to assist students in learning more effectively and independently and support the College’s more than 110 educational programs which are organized into eight Schools within the College,” O’Kane continued.

The variety of academic support available includes online tutoring and tutor facilitated study groups. The Academic Success Center’s computer lab provides assistance with computer-related questions including support with online and computer courses and using key computer applications needed to succeed in college. The Center also offers regular mini-sessions on topics in mathematics, English, chemistry, study skills and digital literacy. It is an accessible space located on the third floor of the T Building (T.3200). Minneapolis College and Minnesota State Colleges & Universities staff worked with architects from LHB Corporation. Brennan Companies served as general contractor on the project.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and offers students more than 150 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or to transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, more than 11,000 students enroll annually in credit and non-credit programs. The College’s Foundation provides scholarships and emergency assistance awards to highly motivated, low-income students. Without this support, most of these students would be unable to pursue their academic dreams. For additional information, please visit
Deanna Sheely, Chief Communications Officer
(612) 659-6537