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Bringing higher education to Shakopee

Updated: 06/25/2019

Over the past 20 years, Scott County community leaders have had many discussions on possible ways to bring post-secondary educational opportunities in the county. For example, a SCALE committee has recently been meeting with high school and industry leaders to identify the community's critical training and educational needs.

The City of Shakopee is also looking at ways to increase educational opportunities in the southwest metro. Last week, the City Council approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding with Minnesota State University, Mankato to explore a potential partnership with the university. The memorandum must still be approved by the university's board of trustees.

Over the next several months, Minnesota State Mankato leadership and staff will meet with community leaders to hear about training issues and pathways for degrees for current and future Scott County employees. The city plans to hire a consultant to explore what exactly those needs are and how they could potentially mesh with the establishment of an innovation center. An innovation center is a facility that offers training, post-secondary education, support for local entrepreneurs and a temporary landing space for companies looking to expand or relocate into Scott County.

The city's consultant will work with Minnesota State Mankato staff on potential curriculum programming and help identify potential training partnerships/opportunities in the region, including:

  • Continuing professional education opportunities including but not limited to: Customized training; continuing education; and specialized education for industries
  • Off-campus degree completion and graduate certificates and degree programs
  • Applied research opportunities for the University with local companies
  • Internships and employment opportunities for Minnesota State Mankato students

Minnesota State Mankato also has relationships with Hennepin Technical College, Dakota County Technical College and Normandale Community College, who could potentially bring additional programs to the community, too.

The city is looking forward to working Minnesota State Mankato to explore a potential partnership that would benefit the community overall.