In the 1960s, growing enrollments in elementary and secondary schools in Minnesota and a prosperous economy fueled a drive for the construction of more post-secondary institutions to accommodate the increasing numbers of high school graduates seeking further education. Initial discussions began through the efforts of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, which led to a study by Roseville, Mounds View, North St. Paul-Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi and Stillwater school districts in 1968 to examine the possible development of a vocational technical school.