Normandale- 21st Century

Presidents Joyce Ester and Joe Opatz


2000- Chris Austin, Larry Borgen, and Kris Bigalk participate in a MnSCU grant project and teach the first totally online courses at Normandale Community College.

2001- The $11.4 million facility will add over 43,000 square feet of much-needed laboratory and classroom
space to campus. The three-story building will be built on the west side of campus, adjacent to the current science building.


2003- The music department becomes one of 22 nation-wide community colleges to be accredited through this prestigious organization.

2004- Thomas J. Horak retires after 34 years of community college work in Minnesota.  Horak is the first-ever president to gain emeritus status for his exemplary service by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Board of Trustees.   Katherine Hiyane-Brown, vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, WA, becomes president of Normandale Community College.


2006- Center for Service-Learning (Experiential Education) Receives MnSCU Innovative Student Affairs Programming Award for the Diversity Development Day

2007- President Katherine Hiyane-Brown, resigns to become president of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.  Joseph P. Opatz, vice president for academic and student affairs at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and former state representative, becomes the fourth president of Normandale Community College.

2008- Normandale becomes one of only four two-year colleges in the nation to earn accreditation for three fine arts programs (music, theatre, art).

2009-Working with Metropolitan State University, Normandale began a first of its kind program in the nation. The first program is a dual admissions opportunity for students in dental hygiene.

2010- The Center for Experiential Education and Diversity Center received the MCPA Innovative Student Affairs Program Award for the See Yourself Here Program, a college access program serving middle school students from traditionally underrepresented populations to Normandale for a college lecture, tour and college student panel

2011- Celebration of the Grand Expansion of the Kopp Student Center, Academic Partnership Center, and 725-stall parking ramp held in the Kopp Student Center.

2012- Construction completed on a new 725-stall Parking Ramp.

2013- Construction of the Partnership Building completed.

2014- Dr. Joyce Ester becomes the fifth President of Normandale Community College.




2018- Normandale celebrates 50th Anniversary

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