The importance of community in the college experience cannot be overstated. Merriam-Webster defines community as “a unified body of individuals: such as people with common interests living in a particular area.”

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For Inver Hills Community College, that particular area encompasses the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs starting with our host city, Inver Grove Heights. From there, our college community expands outward to include greater Minnesota, a number of neighboring states and even overseas to include our international students.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, community colleges fill an essential role in delivering vital postsecondary educational opportunities in the United States. As a premier community college with nationally recognized achievements, Inver Hills provides an exceptional variety of academic and career-building options to our students, including:

  • Open access to pertinent, affordable postsecondary education with small class sizes, more one-on-one interactions with instructors and advisors, and a supportive, understanding and welcoming environment
  • Transfer preparation to a four-year college or university, especially via our Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and Transfer Pathways
  • Workforce development and skills training through the Minnesota Training Connection
  • Noncredit developmental education classes as well as civic-enrichment offerings and a wide range of cultural activities, including art, theatre and music events

Community involvement for our college means creating and growing relationships with business and industry, relationships that keep our programs relevant and provide internships while developing pipelines that create and fund scholarships and encourage equipment donations. Those relationships benefit from our alumni network, which is focused on improving ways for our graduates to share their knowledge and success by helping current students follow in their footsteps.

Community also means being part of the Minnesota State system that offers Minnesotans access to the resources of seven universities and 30 colleges with 54 campuses across the state.

Here are just some of the reasons Inver Hills has community in its name:

Adult Learner Institute

Adult learners are an important part of every college's student population, and more adults will be coming to college to get started, finish their degrees, change careers and more. Adults have different needs and expectations than “traditional” students who are enrolling right after high school.

Bee Campus USA

As a Bee Campus USA, Inver Hills is a proactive participant in a national movement of campuses committed to engaging in pollinator conservation. The college can contribute to affiliate network webinars that promote collaboration as well as teaching and learning opportunities.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company

Inver Hills Community College was designated a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company on August 22, 2010 by Governor Mark Dayton. The college community to create a comprehensive force that connects and coordinates key areas to proactively support and recognize Servicemembers and military families.

Campus events

Attend informative and exciting events on campus such as Kick Off, Annual Research Conference, Fine Arts Festival, Student Success Day, Welcome Week and so many more.

Fitness and recreation

Student Life provides plenty of ways to stay fit while playing your favorite sport. The campus has a new disc golf course, a huge open outdoor playing area and a beautiful gym. Intramural sports offered include basketball, disc golf, dodgeball, ice hockey, soccer and volleyball.

Inver Hills Art Gallery

Enjoy exhibits by talented artists making their mark at local, state and national levels.

Inver Hills-Metro State Community Garden & Orchard

Maintained by students, faculty, staff and community members, the Community Garden generates produce for local community food shelves. Individual students and community members grow produce for personal use in reserved plots.

Military & Veteran Services

Since 1982, Inver Hills has worked to promote strong relationships with our veterans, service members and their families. The college provides a comprehensive, veteran-specific array of support services, scholarships and networking and employment opportunities while collaborating with area communities and agencies.

Musical performances

Attend recitals and concerts by Inver Hills students and faculty, including IHCC Choir, Inver Hills Steel Drum Ensemble, and Inver Hills African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

News and more news

Stay informed reading stories about people, events and projects in our campus community on Inver Hills News.

Theatre productions

Attend plays put on by Inver Hills theatre students. Recent productions included The Hollow, An Enemy of the People, and Rapunzel and the Frog Prince.

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