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50th Anniversary Celebration
It's "Century College Day"! Celebrate with us on September 18 from 11am - 1pm.
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50th Anniversary Reflections
Cheryl Langevin knows the College's history better than anyone else.
50 Scholarships for 50 Years
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50 Days Til 50 Years Countdown
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Transforming Lives for 50 Years

September 18, 1967. A red brick schoolhouse in downtown White Bear Lake opened its doors to 503 local students. Lakewood State Junior College, as it was known at the time, taught courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

A few years later classes began at the new 916 Area Vocational Technical Institute (AVTI), welcoming students to advance their lives through a career in the trades. 

These two important events marked the beginning of something transformative in the lives of thousands over the next 50 years – Century College.      

Today, at Century College, we serve over 21,000 students each year, offering a wide variety of career and technical programs and liberal arts and science degrees and courses. We provide a vibrant and diverse campus community to students from our local communities, across the country and around the world. We connect with our local communities, schools and businesses through partnerships and service learning. And, most importantly, we commit to the success of each and every Century College student.

After 50 years, Century College is who we are today, not because of any one person, but because of people wanting to make a difference in their communities, employees dedicated to the value of higher education, and students committed to pursuing a better life.  

Together, we made Century College. Together, we are Century College. Transforming lives for 50 years!

We invite you to celebrate our 50th anniversary! Learn more about events and activities coming up throughout the year. 

"50 days until 50 years" Countdown

Over the 50 days leading to our 50th Anniversary, we will be holding weekly contests, sharing fun facts about Century College, and highlighting some of the events and people that helped shape us into who we are today.

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College Timeline


September 18, 1967

Lakewood State Junior College (LSJC) opens.

June 28, 1971

Classes at new 916 Area Vocational Technical Institute (AVTI) begin.


LSJC is renamed Lakewood Community College, and receives North Central Association accreditation status. 


916 AVTI is renamed Northeast Metro Technical Institute.


Technical and community colleges merge to become part of the Minnesota State College and Universities system (MnSCU). 

January 1, 1996

Lakewood Community College and Northeast Metro Technical College merge to become Century College. 


Century Avenue bridge is completed, connecting East and West campuses. 


As part of the Higher Learning Commission's accreditation, Century College is accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Process (AQIP).

September 2008

Science/Library building opens on East Campus.


Century College is chosen to be an Achieving the Dream college, commiting to student success. 

September 18, 2017

Century College celebrates 50 years of transforming lives.