Winona State University has partnered with Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College to open a branch of Winona State’s English Language Center on the Bemidji State campus.

The center will provide intensive language training to students who speak first languages other than English and are required to meet certain language proficiency requirements before enrolling at Bemidji State. The center’s curriculum will include courses in speaking, reading, writing, grammar and integrated skills.

“This partnership, unprecedented in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides both WSU and BSU with unique and innovative solutions through shared vision and resources,” said Holly Shi, director of the Winona State English Learning Center. “It will better serve international students, diversify and internationalize our campuses, establish new international student markets and new options of matriculation of international students to WSU and BSU, and generate new resources for future international program development for WSU and the greater Winona community.”

The signing ceremony was held at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office in St. Paul, Minn. The three-year partnership will officially begin May 1.

For more information, contact the WSU Communications office at 507-457-5024 or the WSU English Learning Center at


Photo Caption: Back row L to R: Patricia Rogers, WSU provost and VP of academic affairs; Holly Shi, WSU ELC director; Sanjeev Phukan, BSU director of international programs; Martin Tadlock, BSU provost and VP for academic affairs; James Parker, BSU VP for student development and enrollment. Front row L to R: Scott Olson, WSU president; Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor; Richard Hanson, BSU president