Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College (Riverland) 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 Riverland, 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 advising through your educational journey until your successful completion.

With campuses in Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna, Riverland Community College offers you nearly 100 programs in a variety of industries and trades. A full list can be viewed here.

There’s a reason why the “heart statement” of Riverland is: “We are dedicated to our students, our mission and our communities.” No matter who you are, no matter your history, no matter the reason why you left Riverland, we want you to succeed and complete a degree, diploma or certificate. You are always welcome back.

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riverland community college facility

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. Riverland Community College can support you with personalized academic planning and tutoring options, 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, understanding, applying and acquiring financial aid (FAFSA), 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 Riverland offers 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

Student Parent Club

Credit for Prior Learning

Textbook deferment (up to $800) that allows students to charge their books prior to receiving financial aid disbursement and use them from the first day of class

Accelerated Degrees – FlexPace online program designed for the working adult

Multi-term scheduling

Free food pantry providing groceries and personal care items

Free unlimited online and in-person tutoring

Free writing and math center services

TRIO Student Support Services for eligible students

Counseling services: Personal, Academic, Career

On-site child-care option via Apple Lane (Austin)

Open-Door Health Clinic

Pathways programs for transferring to MinnState universities

2+2 programs in Elementary Education, Human Services, and Nursing programs

Other scholarship opportunities

“I’m Becky White, the designated school navigator for Riverland Community College. I’m here to help you pursue your academic goals both now and on an ongoing basis. I can help you explore opportunities to make college more affordable, including helping you apply for the more than $150 million in state and federal funds. These funds are available, annually, to adult learners only. Let’s talk! You started down this important academic pathway, and I’ll help you finish. Contact me today!”

Contact Your Navigator

Let’s Talk

Becky White, Riverland Community College
(507) 433-0679 or rebecca.white@riverland.edu

Photo of Becky White, navigator at Riverland Community College

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.

Austin Campus
1900 8th Avenue NW, Austin, MN 55912

Albert Lea Campus
2200 Riverland Drive, Albert Lea, MN 56007

Owatonna Campus
965 Alexander Drive SW, Owatonna, MN 55060