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January 20, 2003 // UPDATED 1:03 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Where you can go for continuing education in and near Downtown
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Dunwoody College of Technology "We are a school where students will either learn how to design something, make something or fix something. If they have any kind of interest in designing, making and fixing, that's what we do at Dunwoody," said Molly Malone, Dunwoody director of admissions.

Dunwoody classes range from architectural drafting to welding.

Spring quarter begins March 17 and ends June 6. Laboratory classes are $255 per credit, and lecture classes are $101 per credit. Students can obtain both associates degrees and diplomas at Dunwoody. 818 Dunwoody Blvd., 374-5800, www.dunwoody.edu.

Metropolitan State University New this year at Metropolitan State University is an urban teacher licensure program for grades five through 12. And according to admissions counselor Bruce Holzschuh, next fall they anticipate a full elementary education program.

Add these to Metro 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 Minneapolis campus, the St. Paul Midway campus and the main campus just east of downtown St. Paul.

Spring semester begins Jan. 13 and ends May 5. Undergraduate classes are $104.55 per credit, and graduate degree classes cost $158 per credit. 730 Hennepin Ave., 651-772-7731, www.metrostate.edu.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College New at MCTC this year (besides the prominent library on Hennepin Avenue), are a couple of innovative computer classes. The new programs train students in Web and enterprise system development.

The E-Business/E-Commerce Web Designer Diploma is for the student seeking a career in computer programming. This course can be completed in three semesters (fewer if the student has some college credit or job skills in e-business/e-commerce).

The E-Business/E-Commerce Internet Architect Certificate trains students for a career in computer networking and support. This course 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. 13 and end May 14. Classes usually cost $103.30 per credit. MCTC offers associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and a liberal arts transfer degree. 501 Hennepin Ave., 341-7000, www.mctc.mnscu.edu

University of St. Thomas With the law school, college of business, school of education and graduate school of professional psychology as well as many non-degree short courses, the University of St. Thomas' Downtown Minneapolis campus abounds with educational opportunities.

Spring semester begins Feb. 3 and ends May 16. Much of the Downtown campus focuses on graduate and professional studies, but some undergraduate courses are also offered there.

Undergraduate classes generally cost $597.50 per credit. Graduate classes are about $520 per credit. Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave., 651-962-4000, www.stthomas.edu.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota Ai Minnesota offers two- and four-year degree programs in graphic design, culinary arts, media arts and animation, multimedia and Web design, visual effects and motion graphics, and interior design. And now, students can take courses online.

Spring quarter begins April 7 and ends June 21. An open house for potential students will be Feb. 1. Classes are $315 per credit. 15 S. 9th St., 332-3361, www.aim.artinstitutes.edu.