Where you can go for continuing education in and near Downtown
The Art Institutes International Minnesota
15 S. 9th St.
The Art Institutes International Minnesota offers degree programs and certificates in "visual and practical arts," as the school Web site puts it.
Recently, AII Minnesota added three new bachelor and fine arts degree programs in culinary management, advertising and photography.
The new photography program teaches photographic design, technical expertise and business decision-making skills. It differs from some schools' photography programs because it is designed to meet the demands of the marketplace and trains students who are entering the advertising, publishing, fashion merchandising and architecture fields.
The culinary management degree is for students who want "to become entry-level managers of restaurants and work their way up into senior management positions," said Anjila Kozel, an AII Minnesota spokesperson.
AII Minnesota offers two- and four-year programs in: graphic design, culinary arts, media arts and animation, multimedia and Web design, visual effects and motion graphics, and interior design.
AII Minnesota also offers cooking and baking and pastry certificates; these classes are strictly for the culinary career-bound, Kozel said.
Spring quarter begins Jan. 10. Classes are $344 per credit.
Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd.
According to Jim Nasthoff, Dunwoody College of Technology's director of marketing and enrollment, the school's goal is to "turn out highly skilled workers for good-paying, skilled careers."
The school offers a wide range of trade-oriented classes, from architectural drafting to welding, in which students can earn certificates, diplomas and degrees. Nasthoff said the school regularly revamps their curriculum to meet the needs of the market.
For example, through corporate and professional trade contacts, school faculty recently identified a new market need: accounting for construction. There are construction-related needs a general accountant may not be able to meet, Nasthoff explained, such as paying and working with a wide variety of independent contractors. Dunwoody's two-year program accounting for construction starts in spring.
Nasthoff added that they have also identified other fields, such as high-tech manufacturing, with good pay (computer-based manufacturing generally starts at $15-$19 per hour) and 100 percent placement records.
Spring quarter begins March 21 and ends in June. Dunwoody is located across from the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden. Tuition is approximately $12,000 per year. Night programs are $135-$750 per class.
Hamline University, Minneapolis Center
511 Groveland Ave.
Located in the educational wing of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Loring Park, St. Paul-based Hamline University's Minneapolis Center offers masters of arts in management, public administration and nonprofit management, along with graduate degree and certificate programs in education and liberal studies.
The school features an accelerated graduate program with a small number of students (24 per class) completing one course every eight weeks. At that rate, and with online components and other out-of-class projects, a master's degree can be completed in two years.
Thus, although the surroundings are historic, the classrooms are built for speed -- laptops are available to students and the center has wireless Internet access. Free parking is also available.
Classes at the Minneapolis Center are roughly $350 per credit and are offered Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Metropolitan State University
730 Hennepin Ave. S.
This year, Metropolitan State University created a new urban teacher licensure program (for grades 5-12) and a new full elementary education program. (The school also opened a new library and learning center this fall on their main St. Paul campus.)
The urban teacher program trains educators in an urban setting with a focus on how to deal with kids with a variety of racial, economic and social backgrounds. There are four majors under the urban teacher program: Communication Arts and Literature, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Early Childhood and Mathematics. The program is for middle school and secondary education and does not offer special education training.
Add these to Metropolitan State's current programs in arts and sciences, management, professional studies, law enforcement and criminal justice, and nursing, and they can meet almost any degree seeker's needs.
Classes are offered at the Downtown campus, as well as St. Paul and satellite suburban campuses.
Spring semester begins Jan. 10. Undergraduate classes are $138 per credit; graduate degree classes cost $209 per credit.
Metropolitan State will hold informational meetings at the Minneapolis campus Thursday, Nov. 18, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. for prospective students interested in completing their bachelor degrees.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave. S.
MCTC has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation called the CSEMS scholarship. The funds are available to help computer science, mathematics, information technology and pre-engineering students finance their education.
For students seeking a career in computer programming, the E-Business/E-Commerce Web Designer Diploma can be completed in three semesters (fewer if the student has some college credit or job skills in e-business/e-commerce).
For those seeking a career in computer networking and support, the E-Business/E-Commerce Internet Architect Certificate can be finished in two semesters (one if the student has some college credit or job skills in e-business/e-commerce).
Spring semester classes begin Jan. 10. Classes usually cost $130 per credit. MCTC offers associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and liberal arts transfer degrees (two years of general requirements for transfer to four-year schools).
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis campus
1000 LaSalle Ave.
With the law school, college of business, school of education and graduate school of professional psychology, as well as many nondegree short courses, the University of St. Thomas' Downtown Minneapolis campus abounds with educational opportunities.
Spring semester begins Jan. 31. Much of the Downtown campus focuses on graduate and professional studies, but some undergraduate courses are also offered there. (And, luckily, noise from the construction of St. Thomas' School of Entrepreneurship is rarely heard in the hallways of the Minneapolis campus.)
Undergraduate classes generally cost $670 per credit. Graduate classes range from $475 to $821 per credit.
The University of St. Thomas College of Business will host an information session to answer questions about the Evening MBA program Friday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Ave. For more information on the session, call 651-962-4200.
sue rich contributed to the Hamline and Dunwoody listings.