NORTH MANKATO, MN- Beginning this fall, South Central College in North Mankato will offer the first class of its kind in the Minnesota State University system.

Students can enroll in the new Somali language course that kicks off August 27.

The introductory class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:45 p.m., providing preliminary education on the Somali culture, which is also available to community members.

SCC Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Judy Shultz says "The course is focused on individuals who have no knowledge of the Somali language. We'll start with the basics; learning the alphabet, speaking, reading, writing and listening, that all come with the Somali language."

Pending enrollment of this course, an intermediate course is also planned to be available for students who have some proficiency with the language already.

Inhabiting more than 80,000 Somalis, Minnesota has the highest Somali population of any state in the U.S.