Riverland Community College

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Riverland Community College
Riverland Community College Logo.png
Motto Success Starts Here
Type Public
Established 1940
President Dr. Adenuga Atewologun
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 4,900
Location Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Campus Three locations in southeast Minnesota
Athletics Blue Devils baseball, fastpitch softball, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, and soccer
Mascot Blue Devils (Mr. Scratch)
Website www.riverland.edu

Riverland Community College is a public two-year college with three campuses located in southeastern Minnesota: Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna. Founded in 1940, Riverland Community College serves a variety of educational programs and courses to over 4,900 students annually through traditional, hybrid, and online delivery systems.

The college offers an array of academic degrees including bachelor's degrees through partner institutions, Associate in Arts (two-year transfer degrees), Associate in Arts with Emphasis, Associate in Fine Arts, diplomas, and certificates.

Riverland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and is one of 31 institutions in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (now Minnesota State) system, the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota.

Riverland Community College - Austin Campus
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea Campus
Riverland Community College - Owatonna Campus

Academic programs of study[edit]

Liberal Arts[edit]

  • Applied Technology
  • Art
  • Associate in Arts
  • Global Studies
  • Global Studies Emphasis
  • Music Emphasis
  • Physical Education/Coaching Concentration
  • Theatre Emphasis

Career and Technical Education[edit]


  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Commodities Marketing
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Farm Business Management
  • Farm Business Management – Advanced Management
  • Food Science
  • Food Science Technology
  • Precision Agriculture


  • Accounting
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business
  • Tax Preparer


  • Human Services
  • Social Work


  • Carpentry, Commercial
  • Carpentry, Residential
  • Electrician – Construction


  • Elementary Education
  • Coaching


  • Computed Tomography
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Health Sciences Broad Field
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MANE Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
  • Nursing Program – Practical Nursing
  • Personal Trainer and Athletic Coaching
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Radiography
  • Surgical Technology


  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Computer Technology
  • Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Fundamentals of Voice Over IP
  • Microsoft Systems Engineer
  • Network Security
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Web Developer
  • Web Developer Game Design
  • Web Page Design


  • Supervisory Management
  • Supervisory Management – Human Resource Development
  • Supervisory Management – Leadership
  • Supervisory Management – Supervising and Managing


  • Applied Engineering Technology
  • Applied Engineering Technology – Machining and Automation
  • Automation Technologies
  • Electrical Maintenance Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics
  • Machine Technologist
  • Machining
  • Production Technologies
  • Welding
  • Welding Technology


  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Non-Structural Technician
  • Painting and Refinishing Technician
  • Structural Frame Technician


  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advanced Office Specialist
  • Computer Applications
  • Customer Relations
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Secretary
  • Office Specialist


  • Cosmetology
  • Personal Trainer and Athletic Coaching


  • Criminal Justice – Corrections
  • Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement: NON-MN POST
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Fire Services
  • Natural Resources Conservation


  • Solar Installer
  • Wind Turbine Technician


  • Truck Driving


1940: Austin Junior College[edit]

This excerpt was taken from Academic Dean Ruben Meland’s document titled “Austin Junior College – Nine Years of Community Service”: “Austin Junior College opened its doors of opportunity to the youth of this community on September 3, 1940. The enrollment the first year was comprised of 138 freshmen, served by a faculty of five full-time and four part-time instructors.” (See 1966 for name change)

1951: Austin Area Vocational-Technical School[edit]

The “Selected Report on Austin Junior College Prepared for Minnesota Junior College Board dated December 1963” (last page) states: “The Austin Area Vocational-Technical School was established in Austin, Minnesota as a part of the public school system in 1951 and at present (Dec. 1963) provides post high school training to an enrollment of about 250 in: Carpentry, Farm Equipment Mechanics, Welding, Machine Shop (tool & die), Automotive Mechanics, Auto Body Rebuilding, Industrial Electronics, Practical Nursing, and Cosmetology (beauty school).” (See 1972 for name change.)

1966: Austin Junior College Moves To New Location, Changes Name To Austin State Junior College[edit]

Ruben Meland, college dean and president, wrote in his memoirs some observations about the beginning and the early years of Austin Junior College, “In June 1966, we moved our offices into the new administration wing and we opened for classes September 22, 1966, (our 26th year) with about 850 students and a faculty of 40. At this same time our name was officially changed to Austin State Junior College. The new college campus was officially dedicated on January 29, 1967.”

1968: Albert Lea Area Vocational-Technical School Established[edit]

“A Brief History of the MN AVTI System and Directors” (page 13) states, “Albert Lea was tentatively approved by the State Board of Education on September 30, 1968. They received the final approval on November 4, 1968.” Mr. Wayne Broecker is the Director of the AVTI at Albert Lea.” (See 1972 for name change.)

1971: Austin State Junior College Owatonna Extension Center Opens[edit]

An excerpt from a laminated Owatonna People’s Press advertisement dated September 16, 1971 states, “Austin State Junior College Owatonna Extension Center, classes starting Monday, September 20, 1971 at 12:30 p.m.” Another excerpt from an Owatonna People’s Press advertisement headline dated November 17, 1971 states, “Let’s start college in Owatonna, Minnesota, Austin State Junior College. Owatonna campus *sic+ located on the beautiful grounds of the State School.”

1972: Austin Area Vocational-Technical School Changes Name To Austin Area Vocational-Technical Institute[edit]

In an undated document created for the Mower County Historical Society Page 4 states, “During February of 1972 the move from the various sites started and the total moving of all programs to the new Austin Area Vocational-Technical School were completed in March of 1972. It was also during this time that the State Department of Education changed the names of all Area Vocational-Technical Schools to Area Vocational-Technical Institutes.”

1985: Owatonna Higher Education Center Opens[edit]

A memo dated March 3, 1998 from Tim McManimon, Owatonna community leader, to John Gedker, college president, states, “Riverland Community College has served the Owatonna area for the past 13 years, primarily in the area of customized training for business and industry. It is the Owatonna community vision to create a seamless link between education, work and the community."

1991: Minnesota Riverland Technical College[edit]

A “Historical Overview 1945 – 1995, 50 Years Minnesota Technical College System,” (page 46) states, “Minnesota Riverland Technical College, District #2501, was formed on July 1, 1991. MRTC is comprised of the Austin, Faribault, and Rochester campuses and the Owatonna Technical Training Center.”

1996: Riverland Community College Established on July 1, 1996[edit]

A memorandum from John Gedker, college president, dated 11/7/96 states, “Riverland Community College was established on July 1, 1996. Austin Community College (established in 1940 as Austin Junior College), Riverland Technical College – Austin (established in 1951 as Austin Area Vocational School) and Owatonna campuses [sic], and South Central Technical College – Albert Lea (established in 1968 as Albert Lea Technical Education Center) campuses merged together to form Riverland Community College.”

2001: Owatonna College & University Center[edit]

An Owatonna People’s Press news story dated March 22, 2003 states, “January 14, 2002 was the first day classes were held at Owatonna College and University Center. Currently, Riverland is the host institution at OCUC and also offers classes at the site. Concordia University, St. Paul; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Southwest State University; University of St. Thomas; and South Central Technical College also offer classes.”

2008: The Owatonna College And University Center (OCUC) Is Acquired By Minnesota State[edit]

Colleges and Universities as its 54th campus and as Third Riverland campus "The OCUC Celebration brochure" dated February 17, 2009, states: “In April 2008, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed into law a bonding bill that allowed the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to acquire the Owatonna College & University Center. On December 31, 2008, MnSCU finalized the sale. Three Partners. One Purpose. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Riverland Community College, and South Central College."

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1996-1996,' Biographical Sketch Of Alvin Baldus, pg. 41

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