A message from President Craig Johnson
Welcome to Ridgewater College!
Dating back to 1961, Ridgewater College has established a strong tradition of providing high-quality, affordable education for learners who seek to achieve their full potential and enrich their lives through personalized and relevant education in an accessible, supportive and inclusive environment.
At Ridgewater, we are committed to providing a welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and identities, with a Students First! philosophy and a commitment to affordability, equity, excellence and innovation. Many of our alumni and employees come from multi-generational Ridgewater families and many of our local success stories began with a Ridgewater education. Whether you are seeking specific job training through our Customized Training and Continuing Education division, a career and technical program to prepare you for the workforce, or a liberal arts education for personal growth or transfer to a four-year institution, Ridgewater is committed to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.
Ridgewater has enjoyed a history of growth as we evolve with the changing world around us. The growing diversity of our surrounding communities enriches our college community, enhancing campus life and classroom discussions and strengthening our capacity to serve as a vital resource in the economic health and well-being of our local communities and region. With our Equity 2030 commitment to eliminate all performance and achievement gaps in our student population, we are increasing our focus on providing equitable access to education for every individual who seeks a better quality of life. While academic attainment continues to be critically relevant to career and life success, we also seek to do our part to ensure that every individual has a genuine opportunity for inclusive engagement in the workforce and community life beyond our campus boundaries.
Like the rest of our nation, Ridgewater is challenged by the COVID-19 crisis. We are actively monitoring and responding to the uncertain and changing conditions around us, keeping the health and safety of our college community as our top priority while continuing to meet the needs of our students. We were able to successfully complete nearly every course for the Spring 2020 semester and we are offering our summer courses via online and remote delivery. For Fall Semester, we will offer our full array of courses, however, we are not sure at this time if we will be able to safely deliver them on campus via face-to-face instruction. Unless conditions change significantly before the start of the Fall Semester, there is a strong likelihood we will begin the semester by teaching remotely until we are confident we can safely bring students back to campus. We will also be ready to assist students with resolving any resource or connectivity issues that may challenge their ability to effectively engage in distance learning, as needed. No matter how we move forward this fall, I can assure you we are committed to providing our students with a high-quality education and a rich learning experience.
If you are a prospective student considering how Ridgewater might fit into your education and career plans, please reach out and connect with one of our recruiters or advisors. We will put your needs first and help you make decisions that are best for you. If you are a current Ridgewater student, we look forward to welcoming you back in the fall – virtually or on campus!
We will make it through this crisis together – at Ridgewater, We are Warriors!
President Craig Johnson