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.
Century College. Through the Years.
A Living Timeline
Many faces and figures have passed through the halls of Century College. In fall 2017, Century Communications professor Robert Jersak worked with his students to tell a few of their stories.
Interviews by Ryan Calhoun, Kadie Flanagan, Stephen Foster III, Cha Lor, Hannah Millang, Mona Myers, Zac Ramos, Nicole Rogers, Xai Xiong and Kyle Youker. Music by Joe Nicola. Editing by Robert Jersak.
50th Anniversary News
Download desktop wallpapers celebrating 50 years of Century. Please enjoy these photos, but do not use them for any commercial purpose, or to incorrectly imply any sponsorship by Century College. Click on the thumbnail, then set the image as your background following instructions for Windows or Apple machines.
Thank you to our sponsors:
|Transforming Lives $50,000 Sponsor|
|White Bear Lake Rotary STRIVE||Gunderson & Woodbury Family, Woody's Rebar|
|Bridge Builder $25,000 Sponsor|
Diana R. Hill
|Richard & Mary Brainerd
Ron Anderson & Andrea Quanbeck
|Student Champion $5000 Sponsor|
|Allina Health EMS
East Metro Spring Fling Horticulture
John Grant and Mary Buerkle-Grant
North Star Bank
Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation
|Campus Advocate $2500 Sponsor|
|Ancona Title & Escrow
Focal Point Financial
|Unitarian Universalist Church
Wildwood Lions Club, Mahtomedi
|College Partner $1000 Sponsor|
Urban Farms & Greenhouses
Focal Point Coaching & Excellence