Newsmakers: Hennepin Tech President Shares Growing Programs
New Hennepin Technical College President Joy Bodin says there’s a big effort at the college to grow programs that have waiting lists and industry needs.
“That’s what employers are saying, ‘please graduate more students,” said Bodin.”We’ve been able to expand our dental assistant program. We just launched a peace officer program so we are training more police officers. We’re in the process of creating a new plumbing program on Brooklyn Park’s campus and a new robotics.”
Bodin says the growth is because there’s a strong need in the industry for these graduates.
“It’s working with our industry partners to make sure we are starting those programs. It’s keeping our equipment updated and providing more workforce development scholarships to students, so we can really support our communities and industry partners across the state,” said Bodin.
College enrollment nationwide is declining, but Bodin says the enrollment at Hennepin Tech is now stable after declining over the last few years.
“I’m so optimistic about the future as long as we stay connected with our industry partners and listen to our student needs and adapt to them. So students are able to work and come to classes part-time and take evening classes. We are going to be doing just fine,” said Bodin.
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