Central Lakes College - Brainerd and Staples is one of 31 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, offering excellent, affordable education in 46 communities across the state. We are a comprehensive community and technical college serving about 6,000 students per year. With a knowledgeable, caring faculty and modern, results-oriented programs in comfortable facilities, CLC is the college of choice for seekers of success. Our roots are deep in a tradition dating to 1938 in Brainerd and 1950 in Staples. Communities across central Minnesota are filled with our graduates.