Message from the President

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) has achieved many outstanding accomplishments since its founding in 1972. However, I believe the college’s greatest achievements are yet to be realized. For this reason, I am pleased to share with you the launch of Hennepin Technical College’s new strategic plan titled Access to Success. Our new plan will guide HTC from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.

This plan is the culmination of a process that began in the fall of 2017. We invited representatives from all constituent groups of the college to participate in the planning process. After a series of bold conversations, thought-provoking work sessions, and assessment of previous and current initiatives and goals, the three year development of the strategic planning process concluded in the spring of 2020.

As the largest public technical college in Minnesota, HTC must have the agility to be responsive to industry and the market. Our efforts are founded in our mission to provide excellence in career and technical education for employment and advancement in an ever-changing global environment, we are embarking on a journey that positions HTC as a model of career and technical education. Access to Success articulates attainable aspirations for a more sustainable future and outlines overarching goals that will position HTC for success.

I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who engaged in our strategic planning process, especially our students, k-12 partners, community leaders and business partners that provided invaluable feedback, helping to ensure the development of realistic goals that are aligned to the needs of our regional economy. Special thanks to our task forces consisting of faculty, staff, and administrators who provided critical leadership during the strategic planning process, ensuring our plan supports our mission and aligns to Minnesota State Equity 2030 dimensions and encouraging a collaborative and inclusive process.

As we begin the work that was outlined in our Access to Success strategic plan, we know that our process will not move in a linear trajectory. We will learn from our experiences and adjust as we monitor results. Our strategic planning decisions affect our students, employees, and partners, so we are committed to open communications as our work evolves. I look forward to our transformational outcomes that will make our goals in Access to Success a reality.



Merrill Irving, Jr., Ed.D



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Strategic Directions

Our Mission

To provide excellence in career and technical education for employment and advancement in an ever-changing global environment.




Our Vision

To be the leader in innovative career and technical education that leads to success for all students.

Our Values


We pursue the highest standards in academic achievement and organizational performance.


We value an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and acceptance.