Vermilion Community College

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Vermilion Community College
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Type Public Community College
Established 1922
Provost Shawn Bina
Students 711
Address 1900 E. Camp St., Ely, Minnesota, United States
47°54′20″N 91°50′20″W / 47.9055556°N 91.8388889°W / 47.9055556; -91.8388889[1]
Campus 80 acres (32 ha)
Colors Blue & Gold
Athletics NJCAA
Sports 6 teams
Nickname Ironmen & Ironwomen
Affiliations Minnesota College Athletic Conference
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Vermilion Community College is a two-year community college in Ely, Minnesota adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior National Forest . Vermilion offers students several niche programs focusing on natural resources, natural sciences, and outdoor education. Founded in Liberal Arts, students can study a variety of programs and areas of interest.

Vermilion is also a residential college offering housing to nearly half of all attending students.

Vermilion sits on over 80 acres of property on the outskirts of Ely, Minnesota. Vermilion also runs an off-site Outdoor Learning Center for student use. This center has cabins, a classroom, forest area, a beach with docks, and is located on Fall Lake which servers as an entry point into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Law Enforcement Program[edit]

Vermilion Community College's Law Enforcement program offers a 19 credit certification program called Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training.[2] The certificate focuses on giving law enforcement students the opportunity to gain training in various techniques that they may need in a variety of different jobs.

Art Programs[edit]

Although Vermilion doesn't offer any programs specific to earning just an art degree, Vermilion recently built a kiln shelter on the campus for wood and soda firing.[3]

One of the art classes offered at Vermilion is a course called Environmental Design.[4] The course is required for Parks and Recs majors to learn how people are apart of the environment.


Coordinates: 47°54′20″N 91°50′20″W / 47.90556°N 91.83889°W / 47.90556; -91.83889