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RRCC Foundation to Award Top of the Class and Academic Achievement Scholarships

The Rainy River Community College Foundation will be sending invitations for the RRCC Top of the Class Scholarship and Academic Achievement Scholarships to qualifying students from Falls High School, Littlefork Big Falls High School, Indus High School, and Lake of the Woods High School.

The $3,000 Top of the Class Scholarship is awarded to students who have earned a non-weighted, cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 4.0, and is renewable for a second year. The $2,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship is awarded to students who have earned a non-weighted, cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.

The RRCC Foundation, which formed in 1983, awards more than $200,000 in scholarships annually and has as its mission to invest in student success and the community’s future through scholarship and college development.

For more information, contact Barb Fisher at Barb.Fisher@rainyriver.edu or (218)-285-2213.

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 Announces Two-$2,500 Scholarships for Pre-Nursing Students

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) is pleased to announce a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for two students interested in pre-nursing. Students begin their pre-nursing work a year before applying to the actual nursing program. Nursing is an ever-expanding profession, and will grow even faster as healthcare has more scientific breakthroughs. The number of registered nurses, for example, is expected to increase by 439,300 people by 2024 (source, salary.com) while practical nursing positions will grow by 22%.

RRCC Nursing Instructor/Healthcare Program Director, Donita Ettestad said, “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in nursing! There is such a need for nurses not only in our community but nationally. Being a nurse, helping people and making a difference in their life is so emotionally rewarding. Plus the starting wages and sign on bonuses make this career an excellent choice.”

The nursing program at RRCC is through a partnership with Itasca Community College (PN) and Hibbing Community College (RN). RRCC advisors can guide students through course selections and the application process. Once accepted to the nursing program, students will attend their nursing theory lecture classes via telepresence in the nursing classroom at RRCC. The skills lab experiences are in RRCC’s state of the art nursing lab with a number of fully functioning nurse simulators. Patient clinical rotations are conducted at local healthcare facilities. Ettestad teaches both skills lab and clinical rotations.

The estimated cost of tuition and fees for a full year at RRCC is $5,324.10 (Annual cost, 30 credits, *General fees are subject to change by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.). RRCC will award two-$2,500 scholarships to pre-nursing students. The amount of this scholarship covers almost half of the cost of tuition and fees for a year!

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2019. Apply online at: http://www.rainyriver.edu/college-costs-financial-aid/scholarships/ and complete the RRCC Scholarship Application. The scholarship recipients will be announced April 1, 2019.

RRCC to Host Accelerated CDL Program

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) is hosting an accelerated three-week Commercial Driver License training through Advanced Minnesota with Hibbing Community College beginning January 15, 2019.

This course covers the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, classroom training, hands on, behind the wheel training and test.

The classroom portion will be held at Rainy River Community College on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Tuesday/Thursday class sessions will be held from 5-10 pm on the following dates – January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31. The Saturday class sessions will be held January 19, 26 and February 2. Drive time can begin during the second week of class and will be scheduled separately.

Class A is a 110 hour Training that includes classroom, simulator, behind the wheel and fuel charges. Cost is $3,200. Class B is a 75 hour Training that includes classroom, simulator, behind the wheel and fuel charges. Cost is $1,500.

Register through AdvancedMN at (218)-322-2459 or email mike.knapp@advancedmn.org.

Workforce Development funds are available. For more information contact Alysa Hackenmueller at (218)-421-6071 or alysa.hackenmueller@nemojt.org.

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.