Working at Normandale



Normandale is the largest community college in Minnesota with nearly 15,000 students and over 600 employees. Despite our size, Normandale students receive a personal and high-touch experience. Our mission is to advance individuals' intellectual, career, and personal development by providing outstanding teaching and support. Every employee plays an important role in creating a diverse and inclusive community that helps our students accomplish their goals. 



Normandale offers 70+ associate degree and certificate options with a number of options available in in-person, online or hybrid formats. Convenient class offerings are available no matter where students are starting their academic journey. Normandale partners with Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University to provide bachelor's degrees offerings on campus.

Normandale President Joyce Ester interviews with Chronicle of Higher Education


  • 14,794 students
  • 6,599 full year equivalent (2018-19)
  • Largest two-year college in Minnesota
  • 42% students of color
  • two-thirds of degree-seeking students are from underrepresented groups
  • 59% part-time students
  • 26-to-1 Student to Faculty Ratio       

Normandale hosts Author Sara Goldrick-Rab for a conversation about student's food and house insecurity


  • Based on a recent Economic Impact Study, Normandale had the fourth-highest Total Economic Contribution ($401,208,666) in the Minnesota State system and the fourth-highest Employment Impact (3,474 jobs). Normandale was the highest of any two-year college in the state in all three categories.
  • Normandale is home to a two-acre Japanese Garden, which is open year-round at no charge and hosts an annual Japanese Garden Festival
  • Normandale is widely recognized as a top provider of transfers to Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas and other universities in the Twin Cities area.   

The Normandale Japanese Garden is home to the annual Japanese Garden Festival every September


  • Normandale's World Languages Department is leading Internationalization efforts on campus to help students gain knowledge to demonstrate global awareness and prospective. Through a federal grant, they started a five course Somali Studies, which is the first of its kind in the nation. They are also leading "Study Away" courses to Diaspora communities, offering an International Experience Certificate, hosting a Speaker Series about important and relevant topics and utilizing a newly-create International Experience Center on campus. 
  • The Diversity Center features cultural programming, community building, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion dialogues and leadership opportunities for students to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance across all diverse groups through the college. 
  • The Student Resource Center connects students to campus and community resources and services to help them overcome barriers that interfere with their academic success. 
  • Normandale's Campus Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry run in partnership with Good in the Hood food shelf in Bloomington where students in need can get free food.
  • Normandale was awarded funds from the Mexican Consulate (that is matched) for IME Beccas scholarships for Latino students.
  • Normandale is a Beyond-the-Yellow Ribbon Company designee for its support of service members, veterans and military families, and has one of the highest veterans populations in the Minnesota State System. The Veterans Resource Center connects veterans with support in using their benefits, credit for Military Experience, job assistance, and a dedicated space for resources and networking on campus.
  • The Twin Cities has the largest Somali population and second-largest Hmong population in the United States 
  • Minneapolis is also home to one of the nation's largest Pride festivals and consistently appears on The Advocate's annual "Queerest Cities in America" list.
  • The State of Minnesota offers Normandale employees comprehensive health insurance, which includes LGBTQ healthcare, and Minnesota protects transgender persons seeking gender affirmation healthcare.  

KARE-11 story featuring Normandale's Somali Studies Program


  • U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on the quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desires to live there. The Twin-Cities was No. 6 on the list
  • The Twin Cities have more corporations relative to its size. In the metro area of 3.6 million, there are 18 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. The city has the 16th largest population but is tied with San Francisco as the host of the fifth-most Fortune 500 headquarters.
  • Minnesota was named the third best state in the nation by U.S. News and World Report Tuesday. It is the only state to rank in the top three each of the past three years, coming in second in 2018 and third in 2017
  • Minnesota boasts 90,000 miles of lake and river shoreline, more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined
  • Minnesota is the sixth healthiest state for women and children, according to the United Health Foundation's 2019 "America's Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report 
  • There are nearly 400 professional and community theaters statewide, with about half of them in the Twin Cities - which has more theater seats per capita than any other city outside of New York.
  • Bloomington is the fifth-largest city in Minnesota, with a population of 86,000.
  • Thanks to the Mall of America, several large company headquarters like International Dairy Queen, Toro, Ceridian, HealthPartners, Best Buy, and a booming hospitality network, the city of Bloomington has more jobs per capita than either St. Paul or Minneapolis.
  • Nearly a third of Bloomington's 39 square miles is comprised of reserved parkland, including the Minnesota Valley wetlands and Hyland Lake Park Reserve.