Central Lakes College with campuses in Brainerd and Staples Minnesota, is one of 37 colleges and universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (www.minnstate.edu), and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. CLC is a comprehensive community and technical college serving about 5,500 students per year. Now offering over 70 programs – including an Associate of Arts degree – the college has expanded partnerships with area school districts and the business community to work toward a sustainable economy with a workforce that earns living wages.
Central Lakes College offers a Z-Degree Associate of Arts. A Z-Degree is a zero-textbook-cost degree. This means that a student can earn an A.A. without buying a textbook. Any CLC student can take Z-Degree classes, and students may take as many Z-Degree classes as desired or available.