contentsSaint Cloud MN Chamberads


Superior education is a cornerstone of the St. Cloud area’s economic success. Education is an invaluable investment in its residents’ lives. Area communities have ensured easy access to high-quality educational opportunities for students of all ages.

Public Education

St. Cloud Area Independent School District 742 ( The largest public school district in Central Minnesota, serving over 10,000 K-12 students located in four counties with eight elementary schools, three middle level schools, two high schools, three alternative learning schools, early childhood services and community education. These schools are staffed with more than 850 teachers, 64 percent of whom hold advanced degrees.

• Sauk Rapids-Rice Independent School District 47

• Sartell-St. Stephen Independent School District 748

• Rocori Independent School District 750

• STRIDE Academy: A St. Cloud charter school providing core knowledge education for students K-8 grade. (

First-Class Private Schools

The St. Cloud Catholic School system ( provides an option for parochial education through eight facilities located within the St. Cloud area. Six preschool and elementary schools, Cathedral High School and St. John’s Preparatory School make up the local system.

St. Cloud Christian School ( is an independent nondenominational Christian school providing K-12 education.

Higher Education

St. Cloud State University ( serves more than 15,400 students with nearly 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, along with nearly 250 clubs and organizations, a state-of-the-art library, NCAA athletics (including NCAA Division I hockey) and opportunities for recreational and cultural enrichment.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University ( serve nearly 3,700 students with 37 major and 40 minor programs. They have earned recognition as two of the top Catholic liberal arts colleges in the U.S., with an integrated learning environment that allows students to share an academic program while attending classes at both the St. Joseph and Collegeville campuses.

St. Cloud Technical and Community College ( serves more than 6,000 students with more than 90 programs of study, including certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in Science, Applied Science and Arts.

The College of St. Scholastica ( has an outreach program in St. Cloud. Students are able to complete their undergraduate and, in some cases, graduate degrees during evenings and weekends and online, often through accelerated learning programs.

The Minnesota School of Business-Globe University ( offers more than 40 college degree programs in business, creative, IT, health and legal fields that include small class sizes, an emphasis on practical, hands-on training and instruction by experienced professionals.

Rasmussen College ( is a private, two- and four-year degree-granting college that offers on-campus, online and blended-learning courses with a flexible schedule.

Additional post-secondary education opportunities include Regency Beauty Institute ( and the Model College of Hair Design (

Community Education

Lifelong educational, social and recreational learning opportunities are readily available to people of all ages in the St. Cloud area. Area school district community education programs offer adult and youth enrichment, aquatics and early childhood developmental screening. St. Cloud State University’s Center for Continuing Studies brings degree programs and professional development training to adult learners. St. Cloud’s Whitney Senior Center offers Third Age University courses. Enhancing the Workforce

The best way to grow businesses and improve productivity is to build the capacity of the workforce. The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce dedicates considerable resources to this effort through their business and workforce development initiatives.

Cost-effective training:
• Customer Service
• Effective Networking
• Supervisor Development
• Sales
• Marketing
• Human Resource Management

St. Cloud Area Leadership: Linking leaders in the community together, increasing their effectiveness and encouraging expanded networking.

NEXT-Young Professionals: Networking and professional development for the NEXT generation of community leaders and business owners.

Unite For Success High School Internships: Paid work experience in a supportive environment for underserved youth.

Unite For Success Scholarships: Annual high school scholarship program providing more than $22,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

previous topic
next topic
Town Square Publications