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HUTCHINSON – Training in the trades is critical to staying current with national codes and standards. Ridgewater College will offer Power Limited Technician training on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7-8, from 8:00 a.m. -     to 5:00 p.m. in Hutchinson.
 
Stay current with National Electrical Code (NED) material as required by Minnesota Statutes and rules as well as with industry-related information.  Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to:
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Wiring methods
  • Outlet, device, pull and junction boxes
  •   Conduits and raceways, cable trays
  • Lighting systems, flexible cords and cables
  • Hazardous locations
  • Remote control, signaling, power limited circuits
Note: A current NEC Code Book if recommended, available at electrical wholesale houses. Course fee: $375. This class will be held at the Ridgewater Business Development Center at 980 Second Ave. SE, Hutchinson.
To register, go to www.ridgewater.edu/customized. For more information or to register, call the Ridgewater College Registration Office at320-234-8592 or 800-722-1151, ext. 8592.
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.  For more information, visit www.ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
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8/7/2012
  

 

Willmar, MN – Thanks to a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant, Willmar Fabrication, LLC and Ridgewater College will be embarking on a wide variety of new training programs over the next 18 months.

 

Just shy of $50,000, the grant will help cover training expenses at the Willmar, MN manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Pat Lang, Ridgewater Customized Training Coordinator has partnered with Willmar Fabrication President Steve Claussen and Angela Pomranke in the company’s HR department to customize a training program to address workforce development needs that have arisen as the company’s business model has evolved.
 
Training topics for management and employees will include lean process, quality management, materials management, engineering stress analysis, sales skills and presentation, leadership development, and time/project management. Ridgewater College will also be delivering training on understanding financials and the principles of accounting and planning, and the essential skills of leadership in manufacturing. The training curriculum is being customized to meet the specific needs of Willmar Fabrication and their products and business model.
 
A grant signing ceremony will kick off the new partnership at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 19th at the Willmar Fabrication facility on 19th Avenue in Willmar.
 
Willmar Fabrication, LLC designs and manufactures innovative fertilizer and chemical application equipment and seed handling products.  They were originally in 2005 founded as a metal manufacturer that provided its customers with contract fabrication, welding, assembly and painting.   In April of 2011, the facility at 2500 Airport Rd was sold to a farm equipment manufacturer based out of Canada, and Willmar Fabrication relocated to a new facility on 19th Avenue in Willmar. 
 
The company’s main focus has transitioned from contract manufacturing to sales, marketing, product development, and manufacturing of its proprietary products, but it does maintain some contract work. The Company’s newest product is the 915-hooded sprayer which was introduced to the market in the fall of 2010.  This sprayer has specifically been designed for spraying round-up resistant weeds and is currently marketed to cotton farmers in the southern region of the United States.  Willmar Fabrication also sells various other products throughout the United States and continues to expand its product line.
 
For more information on this training partnership, or to learn more about partnering with Ridgewater College on MJSP grant-funded training possibilities, contact Pat Lang at 320-234-8537 or pat.lang@ridgewater.edu.
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college educating over 6,000 individuals in credit-based courses each year on its campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  Ridgewater Customized Training delivers contract and non-credit courses aimed at workforce development to an additional 18,000 learners annually.  For more information visit  ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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7/16/2012
  

 

Early Bird deadline approaching for Ridgewater Summer Camp for Youth

 

HUTCHINSON AND WILLMAR, Minn. – The Early Bird Special registration deadline of June 8 is quickly approaching for the Ridgewater College Summer Camp for youth this July in Willmar and Hutchinson. The Hutchinson event will be Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The Willmar camp is set for the same times but from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26.
 
“New this year, all campers will experience all sessions rather than having to choose just a few,” explained Camp Coordinator Tari Niemeyer. It means campers will explore three to four new career/interests each day of camp. “Feedback from both campers and parents said they wanted more sessions – now they indeed will explore them ALL and we’re so excited for them! In addition to the hands-on sessions that may help children decide what courses, careers or interests they would like to pursue in high school and beyond, we will be offering leadership and teambuilding activities that youth really enjoy and benefit from daily.”
 
The events provide numerous fun and educational options for youth entering grades five through eight. Depending on whether youth attend camp in Hutchinson or Willmar, exploration sessions this year may include everything from crime scene investigations, science, animals and health care to computers, drafting, automotives, creative arts, baking, money, and music.
 
On the last day of each camp, family members and friends will be invited to join campers as they showcase their achievements.
 
The cost of $99 per student (or $79 Early Bird Special if registered by June 8) includes four days of hands-on supervised classes and activities, materials, lunches, a T-shirt, and other items. Early registration is encouraged.
 
The camps are sponsored by the Ridgewater College Customized Training and Continuing Education, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Service, New Discoveries Montessori Academy, and Health Reform Minnesota.
 
To register online, print a registration packet or see slideshows of last year’s camps, go to www.ridgewater.edu/summercamp. For more information or have a registration packet mailed to you, contact Tari Niemeyer at tari.niemeyer@ridgewater.edu or 320-234-8540. To register by phone, contact Jone at 320-234-8592 or jone.driver@ridgewater.edu .
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.  For more information, visit www.ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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5/25/2012
  

 

Willmar, MN – Phase II of Ridgewater’s Technical Instruction Addition and Renovation project was among the projects included in the $496 million bonding bill signed by Governor Mark Dayton Friday afternoon.

 

 
Ridgewater’s project is funded for $13.851 million, and will include renovation and remodeling of several areas of the Willmar campus:
 
  • Completes first major renovation of Willmar campus in nearly 20 years. 
  • Major improvement to campus Facilities Condition Index (FCI).
  • Reduces deferred maintenance backlog by $4.5 million.
  • Remodeled space should reduce energy consumption by 5-10% over current usage and will save approximately $15,000 annually in electrical, natural gas, and water/sewer costs.
  • Demolishes an 8,500 sq. ft. building that is poorly constructed and energy inefficient.
  • Remodels 20,000 GSF for the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology programs, which comprise 20% of all technical program students on the Willmar campus.
  • Remodels 50,000 GSF of outdated and inefficient space to improve student services and community outreach.
  • Overall reduction in campus size of 2.5%, or 12,200 GSF.
 
 
Design development for the project is being wrapped up based on the initial schematic designs, and construction documents will be created over the summer and into fall.  Preliminary plans call for construction to begin in January or February, 2013, with a targeted project completion scheduled for late summer or early fall of 2014.
 
Phase I of the project was approved in the 2008 legislative session and has been completed.  It included the demolition of several 1950’s era buildings that were outdated and inefficient, and the addition of a facility that houses Customized Training and Continuing Education, Insurance Claims Representative program, and the Electrician and Carpentry programs.
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college educating over 6,000 individuals each year on its campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  For more information visit  ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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5/14/2012
  

MN  Education Fair Scheduled
 
A MN education Fair for all high school students and their parents will be held at Ridgewater College – Willmar campus on WEDNESDAY, October 3, 2012 from 9-11 am.
This fair provides students and parents an opportunity to explore a variety of options for continued education, technical training or military service after high school. Representatives from over 70 educational institutions and other organizations will be available to answer questions and provide important information for post-high school planning. Structured like a trade show, students and parents will be free to look at various displays and speak to those schools, colleges, and organizations that interest them.
 
Save time at the college fair – register your information ahead of time! You can register your personal information and create a personal barcode to be scanned at the fair by colleges that you are interested in. Simply register at www.gotomef.com before you come to the MEF, print out the barcode, and bring it with you to the fair.
 
Admission is free.
 
Students should contact their high school counselor for further information.
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.  For more information, visit www.ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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10/3/2012
  

 

Historic “Gathering of Descendants” of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 scheduled

 

A historic “Gathering of Descendants” of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 event is scheduled Sept, 17 at Ridgewater College in Willmar.
The panel discussion event will at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the College Cafeteria in the Student Services Building at Ridgewater College, 2101 15th Ave. N.W., Willmar, Minn.
All descendants of individuals and families who experienced the U.S.-Dakota War are specifically invited to attend the “Gathering of Descendants” and hear the stories of these descendants’ family experiences in this war and its aftermath.
All students, historians, teachers and the public are also invited to attend this public event.
The “Gathering of Descendants” panel includes:
·         Cora Jones, a Santee Sioux descendant of Minnesota and tribal secretary of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska.
·         Sheldon Wolfchild, a Dakota Nation descendant and a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton and a Dakota filmmaker and producer. His current documentary “Star Dreamer: Part 1, the Indian System and The Causes of the 1862 War in Minnesota. He is also the former Tribal Chairman of the Lower Sioux Indian Community at Morton.
·         Jeff Williamson, a descendant of the Williamson, Pond and Hopkins families. His ancestors were Presbyterian missionaries, who served as advocates for the Dakota Nation and served in ministerial roles for the various Dakota communities in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Nebraska.
·         Terry Sveine, a descendant of a New Ulm settler, who was an immigrant from Luxembourg.
·         John LaBatte, a New Ulm resident who is a descendant of both sides – the Dakota Nation and Minnesota settlers.
·         Fern Cloud, a Dakota Nation descendant and a member of the Upper Sioux Community of Granite Falls.
The “Gathering of Descendants” panel will discuss their ancestors’ experiences in the U.S.-Dakota War and its aftermath, including the resulting impact upon their families. There will be a time for audience questions to the panelists.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Rep. Dean Urdahl of Acton Township, Minn, a descendant of a Meeker County settler in 1862. Urdahl is co-chair with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie of the Minnesota Civil War Task Force. He is a retired history teacher and a historical novel author, including several books on the U.S.-Dakota War era.
Following the descendants’ presentations and audience questions, there will be a reception of friendship, with coffee and cake served.
The “Gathering of Descendants” event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Ridgewater College of Willmar and Hutchinson and the West Central Tribune of Willmar.
 
For more information, contact:
Rep. Dean Urdahl, Co-Chair, Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force, (612) 481-7459
Sam Bowen, Communications Director, Ridgewater College, (320) 222-6090
 
 

 

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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.  For more information, visit www.ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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9/17/2012
  

On Campus Visit Days Scheduled at Ridgewater -

WILLMAR – All individuals considering pursuing a college education are invited to attend Ridgewater’s annual fall gathering, Discover Ridgewater. The free informational event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 on the college’s Hutchinson campus, and Thursday, September 20 on the Willmar campus. Both events will commence at 8:30, with check-in beginning at 8:00 A.M.
Discover Ridgewater is aimed at introducing potential college students to all that Ridgewater College has to offer. Each campus has a long list of departments and program areas for students to visit, and information will be provided regarding how to apply, what financial aid is available, scholarships, and other available student services.
 
Information sessions and department tours will run until 11:00, at which time guests are invited to listen to a special guest speaker who will be addressing current Ridgewater students. 
 
Visit www.ridgewater.edu/discover for details and to register.

 

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Ridgewater is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  Each year, Ridgewater serves approximately 6,000 students in credit courses in more than 100 degree and diploma programs and over 15,000 individuals seeking professional development or workforce skill training.
 
This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
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9/20/2012
  

 Ridgewater Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Earns PhD.

 

 

Willmar, MN – Betty Strehlow, Ridgewater College vice president of academic and student affairs, has earned a PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, AZ.

 

The Leadership in Higher Education PhD program at Northcentral University provides knowledge in educational leadership, research, theory and practice as is relevant to institutions of higher education. Courses in the program focus on topics such as research, organizational governance, leadership, and finance.
 
Strehlow began her career at Ridgewater College in 1984, when it was known as Willmar Community College. She was an instructor teaching in the disciplines of sociology, psychology and human services. She has also been the director of a 2+2 program, director of institutional research, director of student services, and dean of institutional services.  She was also responsible for leading the merger of three institutions into what is the present day Ridgewater College.
 
In her current role as vice president of academic and student affairs, Strehlow is the college’s chief academic officer, with responsibility for all functions and staff in academic affairs, student services, information technology, customized training and continuing education, institutional research, and college special projects.  This includes leadership for accreditation efforts, strategic planning, and international partnerships.
 
Strehlow says she pursued this educational milestone through a “desire to grow as a leader and to contribute to the higher education community as a whole and to community colleges in particular.”
 
“My doctoral studies have honed my critical thinking skills and given me additional insight into ways to foster and advance the College’s mission and values,” states Strehlow. “In addition, it has kept the experience of being a student fresh in my mind and emphasized the importance of focusing on student learning outcomes within higher education.”
 
In addition to her PhD., Strehlow has earned an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Willmar Community College (Ridgewater College), a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Sociology from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Science degree in Psychological and Human Services from St. Cloud State University.
 
 
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college educating over 6,000 individuals in credit-based courses each year on its campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  Ridgewater Customized Training delivers contract and non-credit courses aimed at workforce development to an additional 18,000 learners annually.  For more information visit  ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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10/26/2012
  

Ridgewater College to Participate in Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

 

Hutchinson – Ridgewater College’s Hutchinson campus will be among the stops on the upcoming “Tour of Manufacturing” in Minnesota taking place during Manufacturer’s Week, October 21-27. 
The campus will be open for tours on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Students, teachers, parents, families, and community members are invited to tour Ridgewater’s state-of-the-art manufacturing training facilities, including the nation’s largest Non-Destructive Testing technician program and a fully-online Computer-Aided Drafting program, as well as Automation and Robotics, Machine Tool and Welding programs.
The Tour of Manufacturing event is intended to help build a pipeline of future workers for skilled jobs in the manufacturing sector. The goal of the tours is to educate local communities about the important role manufacturing plays in our economy and to allow the public to see for themselves that today's manufacturing jobs are not the type of jobs they have heard about. The modern-day manufacturing employee is highly skilled; uses complex, advanced technology and automated, computer-controlled equipment; and earns above-average wages with benefits.
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Ridgewater is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  Each year, Ridgewater serves approximately 6,000 students in credit courses in more than 100 degree and diploma programs and over 17,000 individuals seeking professional development or workforce skill training.
 
This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
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10/15/2012
  

State Human Rights Commissioner to Speak at Public Forum on Changing Demographics, Voter ID and Marriage Amendments at Ridgewater

 
Willmar - Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will explore our state's changing demographics and what these trends mean for jobs, education, and our economic future in a public forum in the Large Community Outreach Room at Ridgewater College’s Willmar campus from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 25.
In addition, Commissioner Lindsey will discuss the impact of the proposed Voter ID and Marriage Amendments to Minnesota's Constitution, and provide an overview of the Department of Human Rights' role in ending discrimination in Minnesota.
The Commissioner will discuss how Minnesota's demographics have shifted dramatically over the past decade, a trend that will accelerate and change the makeup of our workforce. As predominantly white workers of the "baby boom" generation retire in increasing numbers, the share of people of color in the workforce is expected to more than double.
 
"Minnesota will not have the highly skilled workers it will need in 2020 and beyond unless we find ways to include more minorities in the workforce today, and provide training and education for the workforce of tomorrow," Commissioner Lindsey said.
 
The Commissioner will explain why the Governor's initiatives in education are important, and discuss the efforts of the Department of Human Rights, working in collaboration with other organizations, to ensure that all Minnesotans have a chance to compete for job opportunities as our economy regains strength.
In addressing the Voter ID and Marriage Amendments, Commissioner Lindsey will analyze the arguments pro and con, and explain why the Department of Human Rights opposes the Amendments.
A public comment and question-and-answer session will follow the Commissioner's presentation.
The forum is hosted by the Department of Multicultural Affairs, Ridgewater College.
For more information please contact: Jeff Holman, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, 651.539.1090, jeff.holman@state.mn.us
 
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Ridgewater is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. Each year, Ridgewater serves approximately 6,000 students in credit courses in more than 100 degree and diploma programs and over 17,000 individuals seeking professional development or workforce skill training.
 
This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

10/25/2012
  

Hutchinson Campus Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members
 

 
HUTCHINSON – Several Ridgewater College students joined the ranks of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society this fall semester in Hutchinson.

 
 

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for students enrolled in two-year community colleges. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average to become members, and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.

 
New members and hometown are listed below:
 
Michelle Cyphers (Winnebago)
Paige Dilley (Litchfield)
Hailey Farrell (Glencoe)
Angela Ferkingstad (Cokato)
Bonnie Fries (Hamburg)
Susan Hart (Hutchinson)
Cynthia Klause (Hector)
Lori Lehar (Litchfield)
Sandra Pettit (Buffalo Lake)
Brent Rath (Hutchinson)
Andrew Schuelke (Montrose)
Jay Smith (Litchfield)
Genise Werth (Glencoe)
 
Beta Eta Chi is the local chapter of PTK, which began in 1998. It provides opportunity for scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

11/15/2012
  

WILLMAR and HUTCHINSON – The Ridgewater College concert choirs from Willmar and Hutchinson will come together to present a Scandinavian Choral Tapestry. The choirs will perform Thursday, November 29 in the Hutchinson campus auditorium, and again on Tuesday, December 4 in the Willmar campus theatre.  Both performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
 

 

The concert combines the concert choirs from both the Hutchinson and Willmar campuses. Individual choirs and soloists are also featured in the performance.  The concert is in three parts:  Part I highlights the seasonal transition from autumn to winter, the middle portion of the concert focuses on traditional music and carols from various Scandinavian countries as well as music by Scandinavian composers. A musicological journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas comprises Part III.  The traditional tune is manipulated to parody different styles of Western music, everything from Gregorian chant to a Viennese waltz to a Sousa march.  
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college educating over 6,000 individuals each year on its campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  For more information visit  ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 

 

 
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11/21/2012
  

WILLMAR – Several Ridgewater College students joined the ranks of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society this fall semester in Willmar.

 
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for students enrolled in two-year community colleges. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average to become members, and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.
 
New members and hometown are listed below:
 
Rachel Arnold (Willmar)
Connie Basore (Belgrade)
Charity Bengston (Spicer)
Stephanie Blood (Rosemount)
Anders Byberg (Willmar)
Amanda Carlson (Brooklyn Park)
Matthew Carter (Inver Grove Heights)
Alexandra Dahmes (Sunburg)
James Holle (Willmar)
Richard Houske (Willmar)
Travis Janson (Foley)
Rae Larsen (Danube)
Gina MaKarrall (Granite Falls)
Sarah Nelson (Willmar)
Jennifer Peterson (Willmar)
Joseph Pygman (Grove City)
Alyssa Wyffels (Willmar)
 
Beta Eta Chi is the local chapter of PTK, which began in 1998. It provides opportunity for scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
 
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college educating over 6,000 individuals each year on its campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota.  For more information visit  ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
 
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11/27/2012
  

Ridgewater Names Dean of Customized Training & Continuing Education

 

     Sam Bowen has been named Ridgewater College’s new Dean of Customized Training & Continuing Education (CTCE) and will begin his new duties on January 16. He replaces Kathy Schwantes.
    
     Bowen has been the Director of Communications & Marketing at Ridgewater College since 2004 and has worked closely with the CTCE staff to promote both the college as a whole and CTCE training initiatives.
    
     “I’m happy to have Sam’s experience and commitment in his new role as the Dean of Customized Training and Continuing Education,” said Ridgewater President Douglas Allen. “I’m confident that under his leadership, Ridgewater will continue to provide the highest quality education to meet the training needs of business and industry.”

     Bowen said he is honored to have been chosen for this position. “I am very excited about working with such a dedicated and professional group of individuals,” he said. The Customized Training and Continuing Education division of Ridgewater College has a long and outstanding history of providing high quality training to businesses and individuals throughout central Minnesota. Ridgewater CTCE embodies the college’s mantra of creating opportunities and changing lives by delivering courses and training that enriches the personal and professional lives of thousands of individuals each year. I look forward to being a part of it!”
     Prior to coming to Ridgewater, Bowen worked as the director of sales and marketing at West Central Indexing; sales representative at Bennett Office Technologies; senior media buyer at Marketing Architects; and sales rep/ territory manager at General Mills. Sam holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from St. Cloud State University.

 

12/19/2012
  

Kutzke named new dean of technical instruction at Ridgewater

 

Mike Kutzke of Lake Lillian has accepted the position of dean of instruction for technical programs at Ridgewater College and will begin his new duties January 16.
 
As dean, he will work closely with Mike Boehme, the other dean of instruction for technical programs, and Ron Pribble, dean of instruction for liberal arts programs.
 
Kutzke has been a faculty member at Ridgewater College in the areas of law enforcement and sociology since 2004. In addition to Ridgewater, he has taught at Fergus Falls Community College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and other institutions.  Kutzke’s background includes extensive experience in law enforcement, including several years in an administrative role as lieutenant at the Moorhead Police Department. 
 
“I am very pleased to have Mike as our new dean of instruction,” said Ridgewater President Dr. Douglas Allen. “He brings to the job administrative experience, a wealth of knowledge about teaching and learning, and a thorough understanding of the perspective of faculty.”
 
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with people across multiple disciplines with a broader scope,” Kutzke said. “I am excited about the challenges.”
 
Kutzke holds an A.S. degree in law enforcement from Willmar Community College, a B.A. degree in criminal justice from MSU Moorhead, a M.S. degree in social sciences from North Dakota State University, and additional coursework at the doctoral level at NDSU.
 

 

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1/3/2013
  

Ridgewater College Foundation Adds Lipke to Board of Directors
 
HUTCHINSON, MN – The Ridgewater College Foundation is pleased to welcome Eric Lipke of Hutchinson, MN to its Board of Directors.  Eric is the General Manager of Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc (MITGI), a specialty tool manufacturing facility in Hutchinson.  In this role, Eric manages day-to-day operations and employees, focuses on product quality and customer service, and positions the company for growth and profitability.
 
A progressive and growing company, MITGI consistently turns to Ridgewater graduates to find well-prepared and hard-working employees.  Eric is proud to serve on the Ridgewater College Foundation Board to help ensure that a viable education resource continues to be available to educate students and provide area businesses with a reliable pool for local talent.
 
Eric is originally from Stewart, MN and now lives outside of Hutchinson with his wife and three children.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. He serves on the MITGI Board of Directors, the Education Committee at St. Anastasia Catholic School in Hutchinson, and the Ridgewater College Foundation Board.
 
The Ridgewater College Foundation serves the college by expanding educational opportunities and promoting academic excellence through student scholarships and financial and in-kind program support.  Other board members include: Dr. Steve Mulder, Dan Honsey, Dr. Guy Caspers and Jim Wendling of Hutchinson; Robert Thurston and Joan Blonigan-Christianson of Spicer; Jim Ellingson, Dr. Debra Peterson and Karen Langmo of Litchfield; and Wayne Nelson, Roger Gauquie, and Bill Fenske of Willmar.
 
 

 

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1/4/2013
  

High school students to compete in 29th Annual Ridgewater Skills Fest
 

 

WILLLMAR - The 29th Annual Ridgewater College Skills Fest is set for Thursday, February 14 on the Willmar campus. 
 
From 9 to 11:30 a.m., 600-700 sophomores, juniors and seniors from several regional high schools will display their skills through numerous competitions, ranging from photography, accounting and veterinary technician skills to activities in agriculture, automotives and computer networking.
 
“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” said event coordinator Sally Kerfeld of Ridgewater. “A lot of people come together to make it happen, and then to see the students cheering each other on and cheering for their schools - it’s just such a unique event with lots of energy.”
 
Although registrations are still coming in, Kerfeld expects more than 600 students to participate in about 20 different categories. High school students spend time with college students in the participating program areas and get to see a bit of what college life is like. Once competition is complete, students enjoy lunch, entertainment and a slideshow of the morning’s activities.
 

 

At 12 p.m., winners are recognized at an awards ceremony in the gymnasium. First place winners receive $200 scholarships to either Ridgewater College campus in Willmar or Hutchinson.

 

1/28/2013
  

On Campus Visit Days Scheduled at Ridgewater
WILLMAR – All individuals considering pursuing a college education are invited to attend Ridgewater’s annual spring gathering, Discover Ridgewater. The free informational event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27 on the college’s Hutchinson campus, and Thursday, February 28 on the Willmar campus. Both events will begin at 8:30, with check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Discover Ridgewater is introduces potential college students to all that Ridgewater College has to offer. Each campus has a numerous departments and program areas for students to visit, and information will be provided regarding how to apply, what financial aid is available, scholarships, and other available student services.
Information sessions and department tours will run until 11:00, at which time guests are invited to listen to a special guest speaker who will be addressing current Ridgewater students.
 
Visit www.ridgewater.edu/discover for details and to register.

 

2/4/2013
  

Ridgewater honor society advisor named to regional role 
WILLMAR – Ridgewater College’s Jon Wood has been named Interim Regional Coordinator for the Minn-Kota Region Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) organization, the two-year college international honor society.
Wood has been involved in PTK for six years and is one of three PTK advisors for Willmar. He has been a psychology instructor in Willmar since 2005 and also teaches counseling classes in the Human Services department.
The role of the Regional Coordinator for PTK is to be a liaison between the International Office in Jackson, MS, and each of the chapter advisors and college administrators throughout the two-year college system in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, according to Wood. He will support more transfer scholarships for students who transfer to four-year institutions and bring awareness to students, faculty, and administrators about PTK opportunities.
“The appointment is very special because the nominations (for the position) came from other advisors I have worked with over the years,” Wood explained.  “It gives me the opportunity to give back to an organization that has given much to me.  Working directly with students and advisors to promote the ideals of Phi Theta Kappa gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”
According to Ridgewater President Douglas Allen, “Jon has always engaged students and faculty in the work of PTK.  He's a champion of students and an enthusiastic and collaborative leader of ‘all things PTK’ and will do an outstanding job as Regional Coordinator."  
PTK allows individuals to challenge themselves at various levels of academia, including scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service to the college and community. Through individual, chapter and regional awards, PTK recognizes those who work hard.
“The international office has provided much support and encouragement for me as an advisor and I hope to provide a sense of fellowship and community for the region,” Wood said.

 

 

 

2/4/2013
  

Study Shows Ridgewater College Contributes
$90 million,
1,172 Jobs to Regional Economy

Hutchinson & Willmar, Minn., Mar 11, 2013 – Ridgewater College today released the results of a study that estimates the economic impact of Ridgewater College on the regional economy to be $90 million and 1,172 jobs.
“In addition to focusing on the success of our students, Ridgewater College plays a vital role in supporting our state and regional economy,” said Dr. Doug Allen, president Ridgewater College. “Our operations and the economic activity generated by our faculty, staff, and students touch virtually every corner of our regional economy and support local business and industry.”
The study was conducted by Wilder Research, a nationally recognized source of data used by state and local planners, policy makers and service providers.
Jose Diaz, research scientist for Wilder, said, “This economic impact research provides a statistically valid measurement of the significance of an organization’s activities on the regional economy. Policy makers and community leaders can use the data to inform their decisions. Ridgewater College clearly has a significant impact on the regional economy.”
The study also concluded that Ridgewater College generates approximately $5 million in tax revenues for state and local government.
The study further estimated the value of the increase in productivity that the 558 associate degrees, certificates and diplomas by Ridgewater College in 2011 will yield throughout the careers of the graduates. Assuming a 40-year work life, the education received by these graduates will yield additional state income of $36.2 million. “Ridgewater College makes a long-term contribution to the regional economy with every graduating class because the productivity improvements from higher education last for the worker’s entire career,” said Diaz.
On a statewide level, the Wilder study shows the seven state universities and 24 community and technical colleges that are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System:
·         Generate an annual economic impact of $8.3 billion (direct impact of $5 billion and indirect impact in other industries of $3.3 billion).
·         Represent a return of $13.53 for each $1 of state appropriation.
·         Generate an estimated 80,856 jobs in the state (56,876 direct jobs and 23,979 additional indirect jobs created by vendors, contractors and businesses supplying inputs to our colleges and universities and their students).
·         Generate approximately $490 million in tax revenues for Minnesota state and local governments.
In addition to the impact outlined above, the enhanced productivity of MnSCU graduates across the state is equivalent to $4.7 billion of future value created each year.
 
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3/11/2013
  

HUTCHINSON – Music will be in the air come Tuesday, April 30, when the Ridgewater Concert Choir will perform at the Hutchinson Campus auditorium. The “Songs from Stage and Screen” event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

 

Choral highlights include performances from Les Miserables and Jersey Boys. Additional selections will include numbers from Newsies, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and Into the Woods.
 
Ridgewater students will perform several solo acts from either stage or screen.
 
The choir is directed by Gayle Marcus and accompanied by Judith Zylstra.
 
For more information, contact Gayle at gayle.marcus@ridgewater.edu.
 
 
 

 

4/30/2013
  
WILLMAR – Saturday, April 13, 2013 the Veterinary Technology program will welcome nine Danish veterinary nursing students and a veterinarian faculty member from Hansenberg College in Kolding Denmark. The nine students will be at Ridgewater College for two weeks, living with second-year Ridgewater College veterinary technology students and attending class with all vet tech students. Dr. Daniel Keller, Hansenberg College, will be in Minnesota for one week accompanying the students and networking with Ridgewater staff.  This is the third year of the exchange of students and faculty between Ridgewater and Hansenberg College.  "I believe our exchange of faculty and students with Hansenberg College benefits our students by exposing them to a different culture.  They get to meet and know students from another country, and it's that personal connection, from hosting students here to traveling to their homes in Denmark, that can create lifelong relationships for our students.  I don't think you can put a price on what that adds to our students' learning." Dr.Douglas Allen, President Ridgewater College.

 

Dr. Al Balay will accompany seven Ridgewater second-year veterinary technology students to Denmark in June.  The Ridgewater students spend 2 weeks of their internship with their host veterinary nursing student in veterinary clinics in Denmark.  For more information on the Veterinary Technology program visit https://www.ridgewater.edu/programs-and-majors/technical-programs/Veterinary-Technology/Pages/default.aspx

 

Everyone is invited to attend a gathering on Thursday, April 18th at 11:00 AM in room B-65 to meet the Danish students and Dr. Keller and learn more about this exchange experience. 

 

4/8/2013
  

Ridgewater College Earns National Accreditation for Concurrent Enrollment Programs 

 

Willmar, MN – Ridgewater College was one of thirteen colleges and universities that earned accreditation for the quality of colleges courses offered in high schools.  The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) grants the accreditation to colleges and university that ensures that course content and expectations for student work matches the standards of the sponsoring post-secondary institutions.
 
Ridgewater College joins a list of eighty-nine concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP’s extensive peer-review process. To earn accreditation, colleges conduct a self-study, documenting how their programs adhere to NACEP’s seventeen standards, and are evaluated by peer reviews from NACEP-accredited programs. Other accredited schools include:  The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MN; Purdue University North Central, IN; St Cloud State, MN; Syracuse University, NY; and Riverland Community College, MN
 
“I am extremely proud of the concurrent enrollment partnership that we have with some of our area high schools. Because of this program we are able to offer the kids in our community, college level courses while earning college credits at their high schools; it is through the dedication of our instructors that we are able to ensure our high educational standards are met” said President Doug Allen, Ridgewater College.
 
NACEP Accreditation Committee Chair Becky Carter remarked: "I'm very pleased to recognize Ridgewater College as one of a select group of eighty-nine concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP's extensive peer-review process.  Ridgewater College has demonstrated to its peers that the college courses it offers in high schools are of the same quality as courses offered on campus."

 

 

 

5/6/2013
  

Early Bird deadline June 7 for Ridgewater Summer Camp for Youth

 
HUTCHINSON AND WILLMAR, Minn. – Friday, June 7 is the Early Bird deadline to register for the 2013 Ridgewater College Summer Camp set for July in Hutchinson and Willmar. The Hutchinson event will be Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The Willmar camp is set for the same times but from Monday, July 29, through Thursday, August 1.
 
The events provide numerous fun, hands-on and educational career and interest explorations for youth entering grades 5-8. Again this year, all campers will experience all sessions rather than having to choose. Campers will experience three to four new career/interests each day of camp. Depending on whether you attend camp in Hutchinson or Willmar, exploration sessions may include hydrology, taxidermy, photography, color science, electronics, animals, computer graphics, automotives, plant science, baking, the Native American culture, creative writing and arts, and a variety of health care such as occupational therapy and nursing.
 
The Early Bird fee is $99 per camper through June 7, or $119 thereafter. Fee includes four days of activities, materials, lunches, and a T-shirt. Registrations are strongly encouraged by July 8.
 
The camps are sponsored by the Ridgewater College Customized Training and Continuing Education, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, New Discoveries Montessori Academy, and the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program.
 
To print a registration packet, register online or see slideshows of last year’s camps, go to www.ridgewater.edu/summercamp. For more information or to have a registration packet mailed to you, contact Tari Niemeyer at tari.niemeyer@ridgewater.edu or 320-234-8540. To register, contact Jone at 320-234-8592 or jone.driver@ridgewater.edu .
 
 

5/21/2013
  

Walk In Wednesday Admissions Event Slated at Ridgewater

 
Willmar and Hutchinson – Ridgewater College has scheduled Walk In Wednesday events at both its Hutchinson and Willmar campuses.  The events are aimed at individuals who are considering starting college this fall but have not yet taken the next step.  Walk In Wednesday will be held on both campuses on June 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
 
Those in attendance will be guided through the admissions process and applying for financial aid.  Admissions and student services staff will be on-hand to answer questions.  There will also be the opportunity to schedule appointments for academic advising or assessment testing on the spot. 
 
The Walk In Wednesday events are organized for those who are considering attending college, and have not yet applied or have busy schedules that do not allow them to visit Ridgewater during regular business hours.  Admissions representatives can also start the discussion with those who just aren’t sure what they want to do. 
 
For more information on Ridgewater College or Walk In Wednesday, contact Liz VanDerBill at (320) 222-6090.

6/18/2013
  

 

Ridgewater College Announces Spring Semester 2013 Dean’s List

 

Willmar, Minn. – Ridgewater College would like to acknowledge those students earning recognition on the Dean’s lists for spring semester 2013.  In order to be included on the Dean’s list a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and  be enrolled in at least twelve credits, and meet certain other criteria. 
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**Editor’s Note:  Included is a list of students earning recognition on the Dean’s list.  The names are alphabetically by hometown.  Please review the list for individuals whose hometowns are in your publication area.

 

Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson. 
For more information visit www.ridgewater.edu.
Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator and is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.
 
A MEMBER OF THE MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES SYSTEM
 

Spring 2013 Dean's List

6/10/2013
  

Ridgewater College announces 2012-2013 graduates

Willmar, MN – Ridgewater College is pleased to announce the graduating class of 2013. Graduation ceremonies took place on Thursday, May 16 (Hutchinson campus) and Friday, May 17 (Willmar campus).

 
*News editor:  Attached is a list of graduates who allowed release of information and it is compiled by hometown and campus. Please check both the Willmar and Hutchinson graduate lists for the names of students in your service area.
 
Grade Point Average (GPA) indicators:
 
·         * Honors 3.5-3.74 GPA
·         ** High Honors 3.75-3.99 GPA
·         ***Highest Honors 4.0 GPA
 
For more information, call 1-800-722-1151.
 
Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.  For more information visit www.ridgewater.edu.   Ridgewater College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-722-1151 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. 
 
A MEMBER OF THE MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES SYSTEM

 

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6/10/2013
  

ONLINE Application Fees at Ridgewater Waived October 25 - 31
  1. WILLMAR – To celebrate College Knowledge Month, a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity and support needed to apply to college, Ridgewater College will be waiving the $20 application fee for new applications received ONLINE October 25 -31, 2013. The fee waiver is applicable to any individual applying ONLINE to the college as a new incoming freshman for spring, summer, or fall semester 2014, or a spring semester 2015 start.
  2. The initiative is designed to provide opportunities for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage inform and support students as they enter into the college application process.
  3. The application and detailed instructions can be found online at Ridgewater.edu. For more information on Ridgewater’s participation in Minnesota’s College Application Week, contact Director of Admissions Sally Kerfeld at 320-222-5977.
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10/17/2013
  

MN Education Fair Scheduled

 

A MN education Fair for all high school students and their parents will be held at Ridgewater College – Willmar campus on WEDNESDAY, October 9 from 9-11 am.

 

This fair provides students and parents an opportunity to explore a variety of options for continued education, technical training or military service after high school. Representatives from over 70 educational institutions and other organizations will be available to answer questions and provide important information for post-high school planning. Structured like a trade show, students and parents will be free to look at various displays and speak to those schools, colleges, and organizations that interest them.
 
Save time at the college fair – register your information ahead of time! You can register your personal information and create a personal barcode to be scanned at the fair by colleges that you are interested in. Simply register at www.gotomef.com before you come to the MEF, print out the barcode, and bring it with you to the fair.
 
Admission is free.
 

 

Students should contact their high school counselor for further information.

 

10/1/2013
  

 
Willmar - Ridgewater College is hosting an Open House on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Tour the newly remodeled agriculture and veterinary technology programs and see the state-of-the-art facilities, including:

 

  • Dairy lab/classes
  • Grain grading lab
  • Agronomy lab
  • Precision farming lab
  • Clinical pathology lab
  • Anatomy lab
  • Lab technician facility

 

We are located at 2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, Minnesota.  Park in lots E & F.  See you there!
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