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Hennepin Technical College Plastics Program Featured in Industry Magazine

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Brooklyn Park, November 25, 2019 – Hennepin Technical College (HTC) was featured in the Lumina Foundation magazine.

The HTC plastics program has has had strong, consistent support from the region’s plastics businesses. In return, the school has provided industry with a steady stream of highly trained workers. Hennepin Tech students can’t earn an associate degree dedicated to plastic technology. But they can meld a series of non-degree credentials into a framework of expertise strong enough to launch a good career in the industry.

That support from industry has never wavered. Hennepin Tech’s cooperation with plastics manufacturers ensures that students’ learning stays relevant — and marketable.

At Hennepin Tech, a student who earns one certificate automatically gets a head start toward another. Suppose a student earns an injection-molding occupational certificate with five classes totaling 18 credit hours. With that year of part-time school, he or she has gained certified expertise ranging from the chemistry of plastics to quality control. Follow up with three classes (12 hours), and the student can add an occupational certificate in extrusion molding to the portfolio. That makes 30 credit hours, only six hours short of the most demanding certificate available in the program, called a diploma.

For years, representatives of the plastics industry have been on an advisory board maintained by the plastics program. About half of the board’s 22 members work in the plastics business. They use their direct knowledge of business trends to help guide the development of courses and certificates. In return, that helps the school maintain a 100 percent job-placement rate for graduates of the program.

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About Hennepin Technical College

Founded in 1972, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota. With campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, the college has a diverse student population of more than 18,000 and offers degree and non-degree coursework in over 45 programs. Achieving a 99% job placement rate, HTC prepares students for in-demand and high-paying employment opportunities. HTC is a member of Minnesota State, which includes 30 colleges and seven state universities. For more information, visit

Media contact: Lisa Kiava, 612-559-8068,

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