Admissions Representatives

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Willmar Campus
Michael Hanna
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

Joined the Ridgewater family - July 2015
Degrees: B.A. - Southwest Minnesota State University

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Why students should attend Ridgewater:

Students should attend Ridgewater because it offers so many great opportunities for students. With a wide range of technical programs for individuals who prefer more of a hands-on program plus the ability to obtain a Liberal Arts degree which can transfer to a four-year program, Ridgewater offers what you need for success.  Our instructors truly care about student success and are consistently available to help students in any way possible. Ridgewater is the perfect transition for high school students and career changers. It is also a great opportunity for students looking to continue their knowledge. Ridgewater is the place for you! Come check us out!

Gustavo Condezo
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

Joined the Ridgewater family - October 2016
Degrees: B.S.- Southwest Minnesota State University
M.S.- Southwest Minnesota State University

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Why students should attend Ridgewater:

Students should consider Ridgewater College for many of the same reasons why I enjoy working here.  Ridgewater is a warm and inviting campus with excellent facilities, amazing academic programs, with faculty and staff that embrace the "student first" philosophy.  From the moment that you step onto campus for a visit, to the day that you graduate, you will have felt welcomed, continually supported, and motivated to succeed.

Jehana Schwandt
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

Joined the Ridgewater family - 2013
Degrees: B.S. - St. Cloud State University
M.S. - University of Wisconsin - Stout

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Why students should attend Ridgewater:

Students should come to Ridgewater because we have small class sizes taught by instructors who genuinely care. In addition to that, students will find a network of support from staff members who will help them navigate the many opportunities that Ridgewater provides.

Amy Birkland
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

Joined the Ridgewater family - December 2017
Degrees: B.S.W. - St. Cloud State University
B.A. - St. Cloud State University

Why students should attend Ridgewater:

Ridgewater College has something for everyone! Whether you’re a hands-on technical learner or a student thinking of a four-year degree, Ridgewater strives to get you into the career you were made to innovate! From nationally recognized academic programs to varsity athletic sports, student life activities, and clubs and organizations, Ridgewater gets you involved and connected with the campus and the community. Offering passionate faculty, staff who know your name, and an affordable education that won’t have you turning your pockets inside out for years to come, Ridgewater is your ticket for launching your career in whatever direction you chose!

Kari Kuhlman
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

Joined the Ridgewater family - December 2017
Degrees: B.S. - Minnesota State University, Mankato

Why students should attend Ridgewater:

Ridgewater is an excellent choice for many reasons!  Students have so many options to choose from with the variety of programs Ridgewater offers.  If a student is looking to gain job skills, continue their education, switch careers or begin the first two years of a four-year degree there is something here for them.  Students can receive a quality education at an affordable price. The faculty and staff are student-focused, which allows for many opportunities for students to be successful.  

Hutchinson Campus

Matt Roberts
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

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

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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 a 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 groundwork for me to know what it takes to be successful when I transferred to the 4-year university.

Nellie Schmalz
Admissions Representative/Academic Advisor

Joined the Ridgewater family -  May 2015
Degrees:  A.A.S. Degree – Ridgewater College
B.A. – Concordia University – St. Paul (in progress)

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Why students should attend Ridgewater:

Ridgewater College offers a variety of opportunities making it a great choice for you.  The college has two friendly, comfortable campuses with many different majors and programs to choose from. With small class sizes, students experience a more hands-on experience and easy access to instructors. Ridgewater College provides an excellent education and experience at an affordable price.

Director of Enrollment Services

Leah Kadelbach

Joined the Ridgewater family: August 2001
Degrees: A.A. – Ridgewater College
B.S.  – St. Cloud State University
M.S. – St. Cloud State University

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 transfer 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!

Chokio-Alberta High School2/20/2018 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley High School2/20/2018 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Bertha-Hewitt High School2/21/2018 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
Hutchinson High School2/21/2018 9:30 AMNellie Schmalz
Staples-Motley High School2/21/2018 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School 2/21/2018 11:00 AMAmy Birkland
Verndale High School2/21/2018 12:00 PMMichael Hanna
Litchfield High School2/21/2018 1:00 PMAmy Birkland
Browerville High School2/22/2018 11:30 AMMichael Hanna
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School2/22/2018 1:00 PMMichael Hanna
Swanville High School2/22/2018 2:40 PMMichael Hanna
Minneota High School2/26/2018 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
Marshall High School2/26/2018 11:00 AMMichael Hanna
Lakeview High School2/26/2018 12:30 PMMichael Hanna
Yellow Medicine East High School2/27/2018 10:00 AMGustavo Condezo
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School2/27/2018 11:30 AMNellie Schmalz
Wabasso High School2/27/2018 12:30 PMMichael Hanna
Cedar Mountain High School2/27/2018 2:00 PMMichael Hanna
Red Rock Central High School2/28/2018 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
Springfield High School2/28/2018 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Comfrey High School2/28/2018 12:30 PMMichael Hanna
Martin County West High School3/1/2018 9:00 AMMichael Hanna
Jackson County Central High School3/1/2018 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Benson High School3/2/2018 11:00 AMAmy Birkland
Milaca High School3/5/2018 10:30 AMMichael Hanna
Mora High School3/5/2018 12:00 PMMichael Hanna
Foley High School3/5/2018 1:30 PMMichael Hanna
Holy Trinity High School3/6/2018 8:30 AMMichael Hanna
RCW High School3/6/2018 9:00 AMKari Kuhlman
Central High School3/6/2018 10:00 AMMichael Hanna
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