photos from the STEM Career Fair

Many exciting events have happened on campus this fall! Catch up on Fine & Performing Arts events, Student Senate activities, debrief from Pathways Day, hear about recent community events and more, below! 

NHCC Hosts the Farmers Market and Concerts in the Courtyard
From July through October, the Brooklyn Park Farmer's Market brought just shy of 7,000 people to NHCC's West Parking Lot on Wednesday afternoons. Simply put, a farmers market is community supporting community. We couldn't have done it without our local farmers and merchants!

We also partnered with the City of Brooklyn Park, and Minneapolis Northwest Tourism, to develop a Courtyard Concert Series this summer/fall at NHCC! And it was a hit! The Concert Series brought an audience of nearly 600 community members and students together on-campus, under the stars, rain, or shine. Among the many performances, local music group, Salsa Del Soul kept us dancing in the courtyard; and Mixed Precipitation's theatrical, operetta rendition of Romeo and Juliet brought over 100 opera and Shakespeare lovers to campus as well!
Stay tuned for more concerts in 2024!

farmers market
vegetables and a smile vendor at the farmers market

Voyages of the Eye: Will Agar | A 50 Year Retrospective Exhibit
In 2022, art faculty, Will Agar retired after teaching photography at NHCC for 47 years. The longtime professor was recently showcased in an exhibit on campus titled, Voyages of the Eye. The beautiful exhibit featured nature photos, travel photos, and scenes from around the Twin Cities. Find more information here

a black and white photograph of rocks by the water at Jay Cooke State Park

Welcome Week Marks the Start of Fall Semester
During the first week of classes, we celebrated students with Week of Welcome activities! Students enjoyed the various events held throughout the week, but their favorite event was
The Great NHCC Get-Together! Thank you to the Office of Student Life for making the first week
so successful!

NHCC student, Hozea smiling with a friend
Playing Basketball for fun inside

Representing NHCC at the Minnesota State Fair
This year at the State Fair, we had NHCC representation from our Admissions department AND from our staff in the TRIO department! Thank you to Shelly and Madi for spreading NHCC awareness at the fair and for sharing these cute photos! Bonus! our NHCC admissions team also recently represented us at the Minnesota National College Fair, too!

NHCC admissions team at the fair
shelly at the fair
admissions at the college fair

A 2023 Pathways Day Recap
Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered and helped plan our Pathways Day event last month! Approximately 768 NHCC students and 101 prospective high school students and chaperones attended the event! Altogether, the turnout, energy and overall participation at Pathways Day was wonderful! Our sessions engaged students in new ways, and it really had an impact. A few of the Pathways Day sessions were highlighted, here

the hallway on Pathways Day

Student Senate Hosts We The People Day
On September 18th, Student Senate hosted We The People Day and had 100+ attendees in the Campus Center! Staff from LeadMN visited to help with live voter registration, and students were able to win prizes while learning about voting and the constitution.

student senate

NHCC Unveils “An Authentic Truth” Mural
Last month, we excitedly unveiled local artist, Peyton Scott Russell's mural titled, An Authentic Truth! The mural consists of three painted art pieces, and although it was installed in NHCC's CBT building, it is a mobile design, and can live anywhere on campus! Find more information, here! 

jodi, marsa and peyton

NHCC's DEI Department Hosts Social Event
On September 26th, NHCC's Diversity department held a DEI Social in the Gerry Huerth Diversity Lounge area of the Campus Center. Students could chat with our DEI staff, hang out with fellow students/community and enjoy a free sub sandwich from Jersey Mike's! 

DEI social

Celebrating National VFW Day
On National VFW Day, NHCC recognized the VFW Post 494 in Crystal for their partnership in support of veterans and all students at North Hennepin. Thank you to the Crystal VFW for your generosity! 

VFW photo

2023 CARE Week Happenings
To showcase the services and resources offered at the CARE Center, staff held CARE Week in early October! During CARE Week, staff hosted a breakfast, a Resource Fair, presented art therapy demonstrations and MORE! 25 community organizations tabled at the Resource Fair and nearly 130 students were in attendance! We'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone who participated! A variety of departments had tables at the Resource Fair, including representatives from Hennepin County Social Services, Second Harvest Heartland, Rainbow Health, PCs For People, and many more! This was a great opportunity for students to connect and learn about resources that are offered nearby in the community and also on-campus. After tabling at the Resource Fair, a few organizations expressed how nice it was to network and be able to connect with representatives from other organizations during the event, as well. Wonderful work, CARE team! 


Smudging Ceremony Recently Held in the Courtyard
NHCC's new Diversity and Equity Specialist, Justice Fisher held a Smudging Ceremony on Indigenous People’s Day in the courtyard. Indigenous People’s Day exists to celebrate and honor past, current, and future indigenous folks, their history, land, and culture. Smudging is a cultural ceremony practiced by Indigenous nations. The practice of smudging includes the burning of various medicinal plants to cleanse ourselves and connect our spirits to the Creator. During the smudging ceremony, it is said that the smoke from burning medicinal plants rises with our prayers to the Spirit world with our ancestors and the Creator. The smudging ceremony aims to ground and/or center those who participate – negative energy, feelings, and emotions are lifted in the hopes of healing the mind, body, and spirit. Sage is used to cleanse and purify, offering strength, wisdom, and clarity. Thank you to Justice, for hosting this powerful and enlightening event! 


NHCC Hosts a Successful STEM Career & Internship Fair
Thank you to the employers who participated in our STEM Career & Internship Fair last week! 25 employers came out to connect with students regarding their employment and future talent needs. All students were invited to attend, not just those currently enrolled in a health, or science degree. Several recruiters at the event highlighted their multifaceted roles – identifying potential, hiring talent, and educating students on the plethora of opportunities and career paths open to them. Student attendees enjoyed learning about different industries, organizations, and careers, and were excited to have contacts that they can follow up with when they're ready to make that next step. We are very fortunate to have committed employer partners in our community, who are willing to share their knowledge, and expertise with our students!

photos from the STEM Career Fair

The Maple Grove Rotary brings upcoming business leadership event to NHCC 
Recently, the Maple Grove Rotary brought an all-day business seminar to our campus! NHCC Interim Executive Director of the Foundation, Laura Brandt, gave us a little recap, "As a member of the Rotary Club of Maple Grove, NHCC hosted the Rotary’s business seminar with international speaker, Jodi Pfarr. A group of 36 area business leaders spent the day learning about creating an inclusive environment for diverse populations." More information can be found here

Rotary event

Thank you to all faculty, staff and community members for helping to make these recent events possible! 

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