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Willmar Campus

Jenna Hanson

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar
Joined the Ridgewater family - March 2011
Degree: B.S. Degree - Concordia College - Moorhead
Contact Information: 320-222-5979 or 

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
​Ridgewater College offers it all: dedicated faculty and staff, exceptional resources and student services, small class sizes, extracurricular and athletic opportunities, high placement rates and flexible course scheduling options. The best part? Ridgewater College is able to offer this at our affordable tuition rate.

Whether you are a first-time student, a career changer, or a former student looking to complete what you’ve started, Ridgewater College is a great place to start. Come check us out!

Leah Kadelbach

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar

Joined the Ridgewater family - August 2001
Degrees: A.A. Degree - Ridgewater College
B.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - St. Cloud State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5980 or
High Schools in Leah's Territory: List of Leah's Schools

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Ridgewater is a great institution that opens doors to tons of opportunities for our graduates.  Students can go anywhere from here whether it is into the workforce or transferring on to a 4-year university to continue their education.   At Ridgewater, we offer a personalized experience for students because staff and faculty are concerned with students' needs and provide resources to lead them to success!

Jayne Balicky

Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar

Joined the Ridgewater family - August 2012
Degrees: B.A. - Coe College
M.A. - Bowling Green State University 
Contact Information: 320-222-5978 or  
High Schools in Jayne's Territory: List of Jayne's Schools

Why students should attend Ridgewater:
All staff members at Ridgewater truly want to see students be successful, and the size of our campuses allows us to work closely with students to connect them to our resources. The instructors at Ridgewater are also passionate about their field and they make learning fun for students.

Kelsey Ivancich Osthoff
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Willmar
Joined the Ridgewater family: July 2013
Degrees:  B.A – College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
                M.S. – St. Cloud State University
Contact Information: 320-222-5733 or
Why students should attend Ridgewater?
Ridgewater College offers students a quality education for the right price! Whether you are a student right out of high school, a returning student, or someone who wants to change careers, Ridgewater can provide an experience for everyone. Ridgewater’s faculty and staff are beyond dedicated to helping our students succeed. The small class sizes along with a smaller campus optimizes this dedication. I often tell students to “go with your heart” when choosing a college. There is something special about feeling at home on a college campus. Ridgewater is a great community full of growth and  continued learning. Welcome to the family!

 Hutchinson Campus  

Matt Roberts
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Hutchinson
Joined the Ridgewater family -  July 2007
Degrees: A.A. Degree - Ridgewater College
B.E.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - Minnesota State University - Mankato
Contact Information: 320-234-8505 or
Why students should attend Ridgewater:
Students should attend Ridgewater College to receive a high quality education at an affordable price. I love all the educational options that Ridgewater provides to future students. We are an great stepping stone for those that want to move onto a 4 year university after completing their Liberal Arts Degree (AA Degree) or go directly into the workforce after completing a technical Diploma or AAS Degree. As a former graduate of the Willmar Campus, I really enjoyed the small class sizes and instructor availability to help me be a successful student. This was very helpful ground work for me to know what it takes to be successful when I transferred onto the 4 year university.

Jill Warren Traut

Ethical leadership cannot be obtained through control. Instead, leadership should be concerned with understanding the group, empathizing with the needs of many, maintaining an unbiased ground, and suggesting positive outcomes that will benefit all involved.
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor - Hutchinson
Joined the Ridgewater family -  March 2011
Degrees: B.A. - College of Saint Benedict
Contact Information: 320-234-8523 or
High Schools in Jill's Territory: List of Jill's Schools
Why students should attend Ridgewater:
My biggest piece of advice for students when looking at college options is to pick a school that suites them for more than one reason.  Ridgewater College has a variety of features that will make your individual college experience the right choice for you.  Whether it's a unique program we offer coupled with the location of campus, or the athletic opportunities paired with the individual attention of the small class sizes, there are endless combinations that Ridgewater has to offer to make your college education all about what's best for you.



 High School Visits

Foley High School10/20/2014 9:00 AMJayne Balicky
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton10/20/2014 9:30 AMKelsey Osthoff
Princeton High School10/20/2014 10:30 AMJayne Balicky
Canby10/20/2014 11:15 AMKelsey Osthoff
Milaca 10/20/2014 12:45 PMJayne Balicky
Minneota10/20/2014 2:00 PMKelsey Osthoff
Mora10/20/2014 2:15 PMJayne Balicky
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted10/21/2014 8:30 AMJill Traut
Litchfield10/21/2014 10:45 AMJill Traut
Dassel-Cokato10/21/2014 2:30 PMJill Traut
Hancock10/22/2014 8:45 AMKelsey Osthoff
Morris10/22/2014 10:15 AMKelsey Osthoff
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley10/22/2014 12:00 PMKelsey Osthoff
Chokio-Alberta10/22/2014 1:30 PMKelsey Osthoff
Bertha - Hewitt10/23/2014 9:30 AMJayne Balicky
Yellow Medicine East10/23/2014 9:55 AMKelsey Osthoff
Wadena Deer - Creek10/23/2014 11:00 AMJayne Balicky
Verndale High School10/23/2014 12:10 PMJayne Balicky
Staples - Motley10/23/2014 1:30 PMJayne Balicky
Central10/27/2014 8:30 AMJill Traut
GFW10/27/2014 10:45 AMJill Traut
Winsted Holy Trinity10/27/2014 2:00 PMJill Traut
Maple Lake10/28/2014 10:30 AMJill Traut
Annandale10/28/2014 11:20 AMJill Traut
Springfield High School10/28/2014 1:30 PMJayne Balicky
Buffalo10/28/2014 1:50 PMJill Traut
Sibley East10/29/2014 12:30 PMJill Traut
ACGC10/29/2014 2:30 PMJill Traut
Edgerton10/30/2014 9:30 AMKelsey Osthoff
Waconia10/30/2014 9:30 AMJill Traut
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 College Fair Schedule

Ridgewater Rep
Ridgewater College10/20/20149-11 a.m.Jill Warren, Leah Kadelbach, Matt Roberts, Jayne Balicky, Jenna Hanson, Kelsey Ivancich
Alexandria High School10/21/20145:30-7 p.m.Kelsey Ivancich
Uuniversity of MN, Morris10/21/20149-11 a.m.Kelsey Ivancich
College of St Ben's, Collegeville10/22/20149-11 a.m.Jill Warren
Mayer Lutheran High School10/23/20149-11 a.m.Jill Warren
Monticello High School10/23/20145:30-7:30 p.m.Jill Warren
Luverne High School10/27/20141-2:30 p.m.Jayne Balicky
Southwest MN State10/27/20149-10:30 a.m.Jayne Balicky
Fairmont High School10/28/20149-10:30 a.m.Jayne Balicky
Bethany Lutheran College10/29/20149-10:30 a.m.Jill Warren

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