About RRCC

Rainy River Community College - We Are Voyageurs!


Rainy River Community College is accredited by:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462

Diplomas, professional certificates, and associate degree programs are approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Rainy River Community College was founded in 1967 by a group of dedicated individuals who wanted post-secondary education offered in International Falls at the heart of Minnesota's north woods.

At Rainy River we foster learning by surrounding our students with an environment rich in natural wonder. The eighty-acre campus has an eight building complex connected with heated walkways enclosing a courtyard. The grounds feature a softball field, a lighted cross country skiing and hiking trail, and three ponds edged by decks and walkways. The adjacent residence hall offers furnished apartment style accommodations for students. The atmosphere within the college is as inviting as the setting. The faculty and staff get to know and care for students on a first-name basis, and provide them with a quality education.

Rainy River Community College is one of five colleges in the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED). Rainy River Community College is a member of the Minnesota State system.

Mission: Rainy River Community College serves its communities by guiding learners to achieve their educational, career, personal, and civic goals.

Vision: Rainy River Community College will inspire learners and their communities to achieve their full potential.

Guiding Principles: Rainy River Community College LEADS the way in education:

Learner-Centered: We recognize that the College exists to support learning, and we make decisions based on what is best for our learners.

Evaluate and Improve: We evaluate the quality of services, programs, and courses. We use evidence to make improvements.

Academic Excellence: We value teaching and learning in all forms, and we support and promote student success and achievement.

Diversity: We recognize and appreciate diverse experiences, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, and worldviews.

Shared Leadership and Stewardship: We share responsibility with students and the community to lead and manage the College and its resources.

Goals: The goals complete the phrase, "Rainy River Community College will..."

  • recruit and retain the students best served by the College.
  • review and develop academic and technical programs that best serve the College's students and communities.
  • pursue collaboration with community, government, business, and educational organizations to continually improve teaching and learning and enhance community vitality.
  • encourage and empower faculty, staff, students, and community members to guide the College.

1. Communicate Effectively

Definition: Communication skills encompass the ability to express and exchange ideas effectively with diverse individuals and groups through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and other modes of expression.


1.1 Create and express messages using clear language, organization, and purpose appropriate to the audience and context

1.2 Locate, evaluate, interpret, and synthesize material from diverse sources and points of view

1.3 Articulate and support assertions, ideas, and arguments with contextually appropriate and accurate evidence and logic

1.4 Demonstrate mastery of communication mechanics (ex. grammar, spelling, punctuation, documentation)

1.5 Communicate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and collaborating

2. Think Critically

Definition: Critical thinking is a process of inquiry that involves questioning, gathering, and analyzing information to form conclusions, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective strategies and solutions.


2.1 Identify and define key problems, questions, or issues

2.2 Collect and organize relevant data or information

2.3 Evaluate the context, assumptions, and viewpoints of the issue or problem

2.4 Analyze, integrate, and cite supporting information and evidence

2.5 Construct appropriate and defensible reasoning to draw conclusions

3. Engage in Society

Definition: Social responsibility and engagement includes participating in and contributing meaningfully to society by engaging with diverse ideas and cultures, recognizing and evaluating different viewpoints, and making informed decisions in one’s personal, professional, and civic life.

3.1 Recognize, identify, and demonstrate openness to and respect for multiple perspectives

3.2 Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of society and culture

3.3 Recognize and articulate how the self and others’ worldviews, values, and perspectives develop and evolve

3.4 Demonstrate knowledge and application of democratic values and responsibilities

3.5 Demonstrate an awareness of individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between individuals and groups

3.6 Demonstrate skills needed to work effectively in an increasingly diverse society

4. Prepare for Success

Definition: Professional competence includes demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter and to succeed in a profession or advanced academic program, and possessing the confidence and ability to perform the course of action required to meet personal, academic, and professional goals.


4.1 Demonstrate content knowledge and skills needed to continue in a program of study or in a career

4.2 Cooperate and collaborate successfully with others to accomplish tasks and projects

4.3 Exhibit professionalism, ethics, and personal responsibility in academic and co-curricular settings

4.4 Set academic, professional, and personal goals, and develop plans to achieve these goals

4.5 Use technology effectively to communicate, obtain information, and complete projects