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Portrait of Cheryl Langevin.
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Matt Langer standing on stage.
50th Anniversary Reflections with Matt Langer
Alum Matt Langer reflects on his time at Century College, both as a student and an instructor.
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Portrait of Robert Hathaway outside.
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Bob Hathaway has seen many changes since his first year as a Century College English faculty member in 1968.
Over the 2017 academic year, Century College celebrated our 50th anniversary. This content was created to commemorate the milestone.
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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. 

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.

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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
Eurotech Auto Service
H.B. Fuller Company Foundation
Mitchell Family

Richard & Mary Brainerd
Ron Anderson & Andrea Quanbeck
Shavlik Family
Student Champion $5000 Sponsor
Allina Health EMS
East Metro Spring Fling Horticulture
Hallberg Engineering
John Grant and Mary Buerkle-Grant
Kate Christopher
North Star Bank
Reell Manufacturing
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

Lancer Catering
College of St. Scholastica

Larson Engineering
Urban Farms & Greenhouses
Focal Point Coaching & Excellence

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.