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Two New Programs at RRCC: Exercise Science and Communication Studies

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) is excited to announce two new transfer pathway programs: Exercise Science and Communication Studies. These programs allow students to begin their education at RRCC and transfer with course credits directly to designated bachelor degree programs within the Minnesota State system.

The Associate of Science (AS) transfer pathway program in Exercise Science offers the opportunity to complete the program and transfer into bachelor degree programs in Exercise Science or Exercise and Rehabilitative Science. Individuals with this degree could be fitness trainers and instructors, sports coaches and scouts or recreation workers, or go on to careers in physical therapy or education.

The Associate of Arts (AA) transfer pathway program in Communication Studies prepares students with a variety of techniques that are applicable to the communications profession, public relations, marketing, journalism, business management, public policy, corporate training, writing, publishing, and social media endeavors. This degree would allow students to transfer into bachelor degree programs in Communication Studies and Professional Communication.

Transfer Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

For more information, contact Molly Franz at (218)-285-7722 or molly.franz@rainyriver.edu.


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.