Pine Technical College
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|Type||Public, Two-year technical and community college|
|Location||Pine City, Minnesota, United States|
Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) is a two-year college in Pine City, Minnesota, United States. PTCC's notable programs include accounting, American Sign Language, automotive technology, business administration, business technology, computer programming, computer science, early childhood development, gunsmithing technology, network administration, practical nursing, precision manufacturing/machining (CNC), public welfare financial worker, and many more. PTCC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, which comprises 31 state universities and community and technical colleges in Minnesota. The system serves about 277,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 157,000 students in noncredit courses.
History of Pine Technical and Community College
Established in 1965 as the 24th Minnesota area vocational-technical school with a focus on providing occupational, educational and technical expertise to students, the local Pine City School Board of Education worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Education from 1963 to 1965 to obtain necessary approvals needed to establish an area vocational-technical school in Pine City. During this period, Pine City and Mora were cities both considered as sites. The Department originally chose Mora as the site for the vocational-technical school; however, after a visit to the Pine City public schools by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, Pine City was designated as the site for the new area vocational-technical school.
Originally housed in various locations throughout Pine City, the college's main 22,500-square-foot (2,090 m2) building was not built until 1966. The first programs offered at Pine City Area Vocational-Technical School in 1966 were in four program areas that offered occupational diplomas in auto mechanics, welding, drafting and secretarial/business. Students did not pay tuition to attend the vocational-technical school.
In 1989, the college opened the Employment and Training Center, which manages a variety of childcare, training and support programs for the five counties serving East Central Minnesota. In 1994, the college sought and received accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and in 1996, the college was established as a state technical college. Today, Pine Technical College retains its NCACS accreditation, is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, serves more than 1,000 students and offers programs/degrees in a variety of career fields.
In 2014, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System deemed Pine Technical College community college status and the college announced it would add programs and offer an Associate in Arts degree.
Programs/majors at Pine Technical and Community College
American Sign Language: Certificate
Automotive Technology: AAS Degree
Automotive Technology: Diploma
Automotive Technology: Certificate
Accounting: AAS Degree
Business Administration: AS Degree
Business Technology: AAS Degree
Office Technology Specialist Certificate
Computer Science: AS Degree
Computer Programming: AAS Degree
Network Administration: AAS Degree
Networking and Microcomputer Technologies: Certificate
Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development: AS Degree
Early Childhood Development: AAS Degree
Early Childhood Development: Diploma
Early Childhood Development: Certificate
AA Degree (jointly offered with Lake Superior College)
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
Advanced Gunsmithing: Diploma
Prototyping Gunsmithing: Diploma
Gun Repair: Certificate
Computer-Controlled Precision Manufacturing: AAS Degree
Computer-Controlled Precision Machining: Diploma
Precision Machining: Certificate
Manufacturing Technology - Prototype/Reverse Engineering: Certificate
Nursing and Health Sciences
Health Science—Broad Field: AS Degree
Long-Term Care Assistant: Certificate
Medical Assistant: AAS Degree
Practical Nursing (LPN): Diploma
Nursing (RN): AS Degree
Human Services Eligibility Worker
Human Services Eligibility Worker: AAS Degree
Human Services Eligibility Worker: Diploma
The following people have achieved professional, personal or community success during or after their academic or technical studies at Pine Technical College.
- Jane Robbins, City of Pine City, Minn. Mayor, 1992–2012