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RRCC to Host PSEO Information Night

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) will host PSEO Information Night Wednesday, February 21 at 6PM in the RRCC Library. Students and parents are welcome to attend!

Postsecondary Enrollment Options allows high school sophomores (limited basis-see below), juniors, and seniors to take courses, full- or part-time, at a postsecondary institution for high school and college credit. The program provides students with a greater variety of class offerings and the opportunity to pursue more challenging coursework than may be available at the high school. The tuition, fees, and required textbooks are at no cost to students.

PSEO eligibility criteria; You must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing at a public, nonpublic, home school, or American Indian-controlled tribal school.

Sophomores may enroll in one Career or Technical Education (CTE) course at a Minnesota State college or university if they have attained a passing score or met the 8th grade standard on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading and meet other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college. These standards include but are not limited to assessment test scores, program admission or other requirements.

Juniors must be ranked in the top-third of their class, or have a 3.0 end-of-year cumulative GPA, or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test, such as the ACT or SAT. Students must test into college courses numbered 1000 or above on placement tests in reading, English, and math (if you are taking your math course at RRCC).

Seniors must be ranked in the top-half of their class, or have a 2.5 end-of-year cumulative GPA, or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT. Students must test into college courses numbered 1000 or above on placement tests in reading, English, and math (if you are taking your math course at RRCC).

For more information contact Amy Amundsen at amy.amundsen@rainyriver.edu or 218.285.2226.

Rainy River Community College, located in International Falls, is a member of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

RRCC Students Volunteer with Paws and Claws

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) Sociology Instructor, Kallie Kantos is teaching her students the importance of volunteering in her coursework. Kantos said, “One of the requirements the students must fulfill in the Introduction to Criminal Justice and Sociocultural Diversity classes is to volunteer in the community. There are so many organizations in the community that need help. They are always looking for assistance in one way or another, be it on an everyday basis or for special events. If the students can assist a local organization with its needs, that helps bond the students to the community. RRCC has a very valuable resource, its students. I think it is important for students to connect with the community they live in. By making volunteering a requirement, it gets them out into the community and hopefully they will be able to make connections that will have a lasting impact on their lives.”

One of the volunteer opportunities the students have is to volunteer with Paws and Claws of Kooch County. This week, the No Pets Go Hungry campaign kicks off February 14 and will run through April 21.

Kantos said, “Various aspects of the fundraiser have been divided among the students. This includes the creation of the flyers that will be hung around town, posters found at the collection sites, advertising on Facebook and other social media outlets, food collection and delivery and weighing of the donations. Our goal is to raise 2,000 pounds of donations for the Salvation Army. I know that sounds like a lot, but when you think about big bags of cat and dog food and litter - how much all of these things weigh, I think the goal is very realistic.”

All proceeds will go to The Salvation Army. Drop off locations include Rainy River Community College, Packaging Corporation of America, Ranier Liquor Store, Rainy River Veterinary Hospital and United Health Care.

For questions, contact Kallie Kantos at 218-324-2949 or Kallie.Kantos@rainyriver.edu.

Rainy River Community College, located in International Falls, is a member of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

I. Falls Native Signs Letter of Intent

Barrett Kalar, Catcher, from International Falls, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at RRCC for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. According to Coach Koenig, "I had the opportunity to coach Barrett growing up in our youth program. We are excited to have Barrett stay home, go to school, and play baseball for the Voyageurs next year!"

New Faculty at Rainy River Community College

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) announces five new additions to its teaching staff, Andrea Luella Gohl (Art), Andrew Berry (Philosophy), Britta Lofgren (Phlebotomy), Kallie Kantos (Sociology) and Kyle Anorve-Andress (Chemistry). Rainy River Community College, located in International Falls, is a member of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

  • Andrea Gohl

    Andrea Luella Gohl received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. During her time in New Mexico, Andrea was also a participant of the Land Arts of the American West program based out of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Among her teaching experiences, Andrea taught studio art courses at NMSU and environmental education in Belize and Guyana. She continues to be an active studio artist and has shown in a number of galleries including Red Dot in Santa Fe, NM, Franklin Art Center in Brainerd, MN, and the Holtzman Gallery at Towson University, MD. Andrea said, “The one thing I enjoy the most about being a part of the RRCC community is the people. At RRCC, we have a diverse community that is full of so much positive energy. The students are enthusiastic and eager to learn. Everyone has been wonderful in welcoming me into the college. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of RRCC’s dynamic community while helping students discover and express their creative voices.”

  • Andrew Berry

    Andrew Berry grew up in Walker, MN; attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN graduating in 2008 with a BA in Communication and Minor in Religion; after college he attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA graduating in 2012 with a Master of Divinity (M-Div). Andy and his wife, Rachel (RRCC Communications Instructor), moved to Littlefork after graduation and ordination where he is serving his sixth year as Pastor of Littlefork Lutheran Church. He is an avid hiker, canoer, wood carver, gardener, fish keeper, wrangler of Mabel (our fluffy Newfoundland) and a homebrewer. Andy said, “I am excited for the opportunity to be an instructor at Rainy River Community College because teaching is a part of my ministry I want to grow in and it's a privilege to help students explore the rich diversity of religious thought and practice.”

  • Britta Lofgren

    Britta Lofgren graduated from NDSU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. She moved back to International Falls upon graduation and obtained a position at Rainy Lake Medical Center as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. She became Laboratory Manager in April 2015 and Laboratory Director in January 2018. Her community involvement includes being a Board Member of Borderland Young Professionals and member of the Chamber Economic Development Committee. Britta said, “My passion is to bring attention to the Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Laboratory Science careers and to provide proper techniques to all involved with laboratory specimens. I am incredibly happy to see RRCC partner with LSC to bring this program to our community and I am happy to be a part of it in any way that I can.”

  • Kallie Kantos

    Kallie Kantos has a Master of Science, Applied Sociology with an emphasis in Deviance, from North Dakota State University. Kallie is currently teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice and Sociocultural Diversity. She has taught Introduction to Sociology at RRCC, NDSU and at what used to be called Northwest Technical College in Moorhead, MN. Kallie said, “I attended five colleges and graduated from four. My first college experience was RRCC. I enjoyed the small class sizes and the attention that the instructors were able to provide. The same things that I enjoyed as a student at RRCC, I enjoy as an instructor. I like being able to interact with my students one on one. I feel like I am part of a close-knit family working at RRCC. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful.”

  • Kyle Anove-Andress

    Kyle Anorve-Andress has a Master Science, Organic Chemistry, from UMD. Kyle is currently teaching Introduction to Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry and Forensic Science. Commenting on his experience, Kyle said, “The Rainy River Community is full of numerous friendly and intelligent people that are always striving for excellence.”