Central Lakes College

Central Lakes College is honored to be part of MN Reconnect, a program designed specifically for adult learners. If you are a Minnesota resident, 25 and older, who completed 15 or more college credits without earning a degree, MN Reconnect can help you complete your education.

It doesn’t matter if you are just a few credits away, or would like to start a new academic journey, we will help you achieve your goals and make sure you have the resources for a successful experience. With MN Reconnect, we can go the extra mile!

About MN Reconnect
How We Can Help You – Benefits

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At CLC, we go above and beyond to support our adult learners, whether it’s through financial, academic, or personal services. Every student is unique. That is why we offer you personalized assistance towards your completion.

With campuses in both Brainerd and Staples, Central Lakes College offers over 90 degree and program options in many subject areas, including Liberal Arts, Technical Education, and Customized Training. A full list can be viewed here.

We offer courses either online or hybrid, making it convenient for adult learners with busy schedules to complete prerequisites, fulfill requirements, and/or complete a degree or diploma.

No matter who you are, no matter your history, no matter the reason why you left college in the first place, you are valued here. You are deserving of an education. You are always welcome back.

Central Lakes College campus
Central Lakes College students

What we’re able to do through MN Reconnect

Every adult learner needs different support services to complete their program. After an absence from college, the assistance you need now can look very different than it did originally. Central Lakes College can support you with personalized academic and career planning, among other services.

The defining factor of MN Reconnect is access to a navigator. You will not be in this alone and your navigator will continue to support you until you complete your desired program. Your navigator is with you every step of the way from choosing your classes, filling out a FAFSA and acquiring financial aid, to registering on time.

Together, we will design a custom plan for completion of your chosen program. Your academic progress will be evaluated on a continuous basis and you will be connected to the support services that CLC can offer to ensure your success.

With MN Reconnect, you can take advantage of:

  • MN Reconnect scholarships of $1,000 per semester
  • Up to $1,000 to resolve financial holds
  • Assigned Raider Connect Coach
  • Academic Advising
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Career Counseling Center
  • College Courses Placement & Testing
  • Student Life and Student Senate
  • Tutoring Services
  • Online Certificates and Courses
  • Open Education Resources
  • Zero $ textbooks
  • Virtual New Student Orientation

“I’m Tambera Garza, the designated Reconnect Navigator for Central Lakes College. It’s my job to help you explore opportunities to make college more affordable and help you plan how you will earn the certificate, diploma, or degree you started and are ready to finish.”

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Let’s Talk

Tambera Garza, Central Lakes College
(218) 855-8123 or tambera.garza@clcmn.edu

Portrait of Tambera Garza

Last year, over $150 million in federal and state grants helped make college affordable for thousands of Minnesota adult learners. These funds, along with the MN Reconnect Scholarship, are available to you, too, and I will help you apply for them.

An affordable education is possible.

Brainerd Campus
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Staples Campus
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479