Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the classes located?

Most classes are located on the second floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Pkwy in Northfield. The NCCC has two classrooms and the Kay Smith Student Center. We also help students register for online classes. The in-person components of the EMT and CNA programs are offered at the EMS Station at 1600 Riverview Lane in Northfield.

What kind of support services are available to students?

The most common support services provided to students are academic advising, tutoring, help navigating financial aid, and free childcare during evening classes. We also offer meals to students through our partnerships with the Food Recovery Networks at Carleton College and St. Olaf College.

When are classes offered?

In-person classes are offered in the evening, typically between 5 and 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Classes for the EMT and CNA programs are offered at various times throughout the year and can be viewed on the Northfield EMS Education website.

How many classes are offered per semester?

Roughly 5 to 6 classes are offered per semester, selected to cover a variety of disciplines and satisfy students’ requirements for the associate degree. See the Academic programs tab for a link to our current course grid.

How many years does it take to earn an associate degree?

For students taking classes full-time, the associate degree can be earned in two years. For students taking two courses per semester, the degree can be earned in 3 to 4 years.

Is an admissions test required?

No, an admissions test is not required. However, students often take tests such as the Accuplacer to be granted admission to particular college courses.

What are the requirements to take community college classes with the NCCC?

The only requirement is to have a GED or high school diploma.

What is an associate degree?

An associate degree is a college degree that is traditionally completed in two years. More information about college degrees is available from Minnesota Goes to College.