MCCFA MEA Picket at the Capitol

March 20, 1979: Strike

On March 7, 1979, faculty in the Minnesota community college system voted to strike. The strike, which was called to bring the state to the negotiating table to address issues including salaries, Cost of Living Adjustments, benefits and protection in cases of faculty grievances, started March 20 and lasted 17 days. All Minnesota’s community colleges…

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1976: Inver Hills Fully Accredited Through HLC

On March 31, 1976 Inver Hills receives full accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Department of Education. The college has maintained full-accreditation since that time. In addition, several of its programs are accredited by professional organizations including: Accounting and Business, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing and Paralegal.

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1972: Career Programs Added

Inver Hills adds career programs to its offerings including accounting, human services, health care mid-management and law enforcement. Additionally, secretarial specialty courses were added in medical and legal secretary positions.

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1971: New Catalog and College Growth

Inver Hills announces its catalog which included expanded course offerings. The expansion led to growth and enrollment increased to more than 1,000 students, which also required the hiring of additional instructors and support staff. By the time the Student Handbook was printed for the 1971-72, the staff directory included 41 faculty.

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1970: Inver Hills Junior College Classes Offered in New Building

In September of 1970 Inver Hills Junior College begins to offer classes in the new building, now the library. Classes were held on the third floor with heavy curtains defining the classroom spaces. In its first year, the college opened with approximately 400 full and part time students. The college opened with 18 original faculty…

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