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Central Lakes College

Central Lakes College – Staples and Brainerd – is one of 31 Minnesota State educational institutions, offering excellent, affordable education.

CLC is a comprehensive community and technical college serving about 6,000 students per year. The college offers transfer degrees and 70-plus programs to choose from. The Staples campus features programs in Heavy Equipment, Diesel Technology, Agricultural Science, Machine Tool Technology, Robotics and Automated Systems, Practical Nursing, Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy.

CLC provides online courses, as well as continuing education, customized training and an array of student life activities including athletics, student clubs, Student Senate, music and theatre. The college holds many community events including Verse Like Water, a visiting poet series, and Cultural Thursdays.

The college’s roots are deep in the community, dating back to 1950 in Staples and 1938 in Brainerd. Communities across central Minnesota are filled with its graduates. The college staff, faculty and administrators take to heart the mission “We Build Futures”. 

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