The University of St. Thomas is considering whether to offer credit and noncredit classes in the Minnesota World Trade Center in downtown St. Paul.

St. Thomas was approached last month about its interest in offering classes in vacant retail space on the first three floors of the trade center at 30 E. Seventh St.

Possibilities include graduate credit programs in business, software, manufacturing engineering and social work, and undergraduate credit programs in the School of Continuing Studies, an adult evening division. Noncredit courses could be offered by the Management Center and other professional education centers in the Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Applied Science and Engineering.

St. Thomas hopes to make a decision soon on the downtown St. Paul issue.

In addition to its primary campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, St. Thomas offers classes at its conference center in Owatonna plus satellite locations in Anoka, Bloomington, Chaska, Rochester and Woodbury.