New student centers coming, but students foot the bill

Normandale's swanky new student center

There’s a mini-building boom of sorts going on at Minnesota colleges … in student centers.

Normandale College cuts the ribbon on its spiffy $14.5 million student center on Thursday.  It’s the kind of space that makes those us who’ve been out of college for two decades a bit jealous of today’s students.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College opens a similar center later this year.   Metropolitan State University in St. Paul and Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights are considering new student centers as well.

I reported on the building boom this morning on Minnesota Public Radio, what’s behind it, and who’s going to pay for the new buildings.