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  • August 19, 2022

    “Century College opened up my whole life – so many doors opened!  Century took me in and gave me the opportunity,” Nursing alum Foua Vang enthuses.  “I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years.  They gave me a chance and I ran with it.  I’m really appreciative!”

  • August 12, 2022

    When the pandemic began in 2020, and the economy was hit hard, Maine designer David Stensland began looking for new opportunities.

  • July 25, 2022

    When he was a teenager, Century College alum Russell Johnson channeled his creativity into cutting his designs into his friends’ and family’s hair.  After high school, he attended Barber School, and soon became a Master Barber. He went on to own barbershops in two Twin Cities locations.

  • June 9, 2022

    "Coming to Century College was an easy decision.  I knew from other paramedics that Century had the best program in the state, and one of the only ones."

  • May 4, 2022

    Maddy Branch has always had a passion for helping people, and knew she wanted a career in health care,  "Education is important because healthcare is changing every day," she notes. "It’s important to be knowledgeable.  With education, you can grow in connection with professors and peers. Education opens your horizons to different things."

  • April 15, 2022

    Kat Larson, Century College's 2022 Outstanding Student in Interior Design, knows that hard work, keeping one's options open, and making professional connections can lead to a dream job.

  • March 24, 2022

    Prior to her high school graduation, Vanessa Pliego originally planned to attend a four-year university; however, her sister, Cindy, now a Century College Criminal Justice alum, recommended the College. "Century College was affordable, close to home, and class sizes are small," Vanessa says, "And those were the main factors in my decision to attend Century."

  • January 13, 2022

    As a teen, Century College alum Patrick Frost was always using a camcorder or camera to capture the world around him, but didn't realize he could have a career doing what he loved.  

  • December 7, 2021

    Nadina Beethe was teaching middle school engineering courses when she attended a biofabrication seminar at a Century College Open House.  She already knew about 3D printing when she landed her teaching job, and had also done research on biofabrication, but was curious to know more about these career fields.

  • September 21, 2021

    After high school, Alec Ly didn’t want to go to college; however, his cousin, who was employed at Century College, convinced Alec to give it a try.  Initially, he wondered if attending college was the right decision.  At Century, Alec's experiences both inside and outside the classroom enhanced his public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills.

  • September 10, 2021

    When she was a freshman in high school, Century College alum Mai Yang Xiong knew that she wanted to be a teacher.  “I really love working with children and helping them learn,” she says. "I want to provide resources and knowledge to help others learn."

  • August 27, 2021

    Pao Thao chose Century College for three reasons:  he wanted to save money, the College was close to home, and he knew that Century has a reputation for excellence in education.

  • August 22, 2021

    After taking a year of classes through Century College's Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program while in high school, Ariel Pouchak made a very strategic choice for her future. 

  • June 25, 2021

    Josh Englert was in the beginning of his college career, taking his general educational requirements at a local community college, when his video business began to take off.  He had always been interested in creating videos, and had taught himself how to create music and sports videos, from an early age.  He studied how the videos were done and eventually found his own distinctive style. 

  • June 8, 2021

    After working as an IT professional, Jordan Anderson knew that he wanted to take his career in a different direction.  He wanted to pursue a career in film and videography.

  • May 26, 2021

    Century College alum Patrick Miller can see the coming changes in the fast-paced computer industry, and he wants to have a role in it.  "I'm an enthusiast for computer hardware engineering systems, and I want to design hardware.  I want to be the bridge between computer science and engineering,"  Patrick says.

  • May 24, 2021

    Like many of our alumni, Kevin Rodriguez-Hines is from a "Century College family".  And, like his brother Dain, Kevin is a graduate of Century's Visual Communications Technologies (VCT) program. Both brothers earned their AAS degrees in Filmmaking and Video Production.

  • May 21, 2021

    Like many young people, Sam Naidicz started college right after high school--before he was ready.  "I was going to Century College in 2015-16, and dropped out," Sam remembers. "I just wasn’t ready to give it my full effort.  And, before that, I hadn't enjoyed my high school years at all."

  • May 11, 2021

    Alum Hope Nixon had tried taking college courses at two other academic institutions before arriving at Century College. "I wanted a new, diverse environment where I could find a community of family, and I found that at Century," says Hope. "I wanted to be held accountable, and to hold my instructors accountable for helping me find my career path."

  • May 10, 2021

    As an adult learner, David Stewart already had a lot of life experience when he came to Century.  A 20-year Navy vet who served during two wars (the First and Second Gulf Wars), David had also worked in law enforcement. 

  • May 6, 2021

    Isabel Meisinger was in her sophomore year at North St. Paul High School when she heard about Century College's Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. 

  • May 4, 2021

    Wivine Gicaniro knows what it's like to start over in a new place, far from home, friends and family, and navigate a new life in a second language. 

  • April 30, 2021

    Ratna Harris was working in a bank, feeling stuck in her career, and she knew she couldn't get promoted without more education.    Her aunt noticed that she was always searching the want ads, and she advised Ratna to look into an accounting career.  "Businesses always have accounting departments--it's a good field to go into," she advised.  

  • April 29, 2021

    The Century College Alumni Nominated by a fellow classmate at Lakewood Community College, Dr. Greg Eastlund, Mindy Johnson was already a leader in Dr. John Zdechlik’s band classes, and on campus. He remembers her as a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing trombone, tuba, and harp.

  • April 28, 2021

    White Bear Lake, MN – At the April 22 event, Celebrating Century Healthcare Heroes, the Century College Foundation raised just shy of $100,000 from sponsorships and individuals to support student scholarships.

  • April 6, 2021

    When alum Andy Chisholm was looking at colleges, he knew he wasn't ready to commit to a four-year program.  He and his dad did research on what Century College's Additive and Digital Manufacturing program had to offer, and Andy liked what he saw.  "Century College has reasonable tuition, access to knowledge, and machinery," he notes.  "Century seemed like the right fit for me."  

  • February 1, 2021

    Century College alum Carla Coates' life is a testament to the power of persistence.  She has endured many hardships, including homelessness, domestic violence, abuse, and illness, and has overcome each and every challenge on her path.  While living in St. Paul, she decided to apply to Century College, where she felt at home immediately. 

  • January 26, 2021

    Dawn Dana was working as a Psychology Associate on a Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at a hospital, when, after a particularly difficult night, she knew she needed to make a career change.  She already had a degree in psychology and business, but was unsure of her next move. 

  • January 22, 2021

    After working in the nonprofit sector as a marketing and public relations professional for many years, Jennifer Severson knew she was ready to make a career change, but she didn't want to get another bachelor's degree.  She had started her college career studying Interior Design before switching majors, so her mother suggested that she check out Century College's Interior Design program.  

  • January 12, 2021

    When Ashley Lundgren was looking for a new direction in her education, her mother suggested that she try Century College.  Her mother and siblings had taken classes at the College, so Ashley knew it would be a good choice.  A major in Interior Design turned out to be the perfect decision for her. 

  • December 30, 2020

    Century College alum Jason Anderson has a history of serving and helping people wherever he goes, so it's natural that he was eventually drawn to a career as an EMS/Paramedic. 

  • December 18, 2020

    In 2013, Marco Rebollar was looking for something new in his life and career, when a friend pushed him to take the placement test at Century College.  He hadn't been to college before, and had been working at a car dealership, unsure of his next direction.  After completing the placement test, he soon signed up for classes.  

  • August 25, 2020

    Juan Vásquez, CEO and owner of Multivision, knows firsthand that the influence of supportive teachers can be life-changing. 

  • July 16, 2020

    Century College alum Anthony Iovinella's educational journey took him from PSEO to EMT training to Biology, Chemistry, Art, and to NASA workforce development programs.  He started at Century as a Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student, taking art classes, while still in high school. 

  • June 25, 2020

    Alum Beatriz Pina grew up bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish at home, and she was already interpreting when she was in high school. 

  • June 24, 2020

    Arthur Seeb came to Century College in a roundabout way.  After finishing the first semester of his freshman year at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, he returned to Minnesota, following a sports injury.  (He had a broken wrist that wasn't healing properly.)

  • June 23, 2020

    The Century College Alumni Association Board of Directors is delighted to announce the 2020 Outstanding Alumni of the Year: Mayor Jo Emerson, ’92.

  • June 8, 2020

    Alum Georgia Reding has always loved theatre.  She's been involved in community theatre productions throughout middle and high school,  so it was natural that she came to Century College to pursue her studies and continue her acting career.  "I loved the AFA transfer pathway—seemed like a cool option," Georgia says.

  • June 1, 2020

    Recent graduate Nhat Nguyen loved her Century College experience for several reasons.  First of all, she had returned to school as an adult learner, after having taken some time off to work.   "I chose Century's Nursing program because it's really well respected.

  • May 29, 2020

    Alumna Gao Thao shares her story:

    Which college did you attend? Century

    Area of study: Enterprise Computing Technology


    How are you helping transform the lives of others?

  • May 27, 2020

    Recent Century College graduate Hillary Warolin has always loved learning, and feels right at home in academia.  She spent two years at Century as a Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student while in high school, and went on to spend an extra year taking classes in the Visual Communications Technologies program

  • May 21, 2020

    Working at St. John's Hospital (M Health Fairview) in Maplewood,  Century College alum Trevor Blaine is on the front lines of the pandemic, where staff are rapidly adjusting to meet the needs of this public health crisis. Like most emergency room nurses, Trevor is cool and calm under pressure.  He's been well-prepared for a long time.

  • May 19, 2020

    Forrest Lund has always been a risk-taker.  He started at a community college right out of high school, but soon realized he wasn't ready.  He hadn't enjoyed high school, and wasn't challenged.  Leaving education behind, Forrest worked in various industries, from tech to outdoors, gaining a wide variety of skills along with way.  He traveled, and worked as an outdoor adventure guide.

  • May 18, 2020

    Century College alum Ken Maciej has always enjoyed helping others. While earning a BS in Environmental Science at a four-year university, Ken was also working in a group care home, and found satisfaction in the care-taking side of his work. 

  • April 29, 2020

    Century College Alum Jennifer Rodriguez has always had a strong desire to help others.   Originally from El Salvador, Jennifer came to the US at the age of 11.  She saw a lot of gang violence there, and was particularly affected by the plight of orphaned children and children whose parents are in jail. 

  • April 23, 2020

    Alum Rachel Miller already had many of the qualities she needed to get her Paramedic training when she enrolled at Century College.  She is calm, resilient, flexible, and adapts easily to change. 

  • March 27, 2020

    Century College alum Zach Gunelson is in the right place at the right time.  The 2018 Additive and Digital Manufacturing (ADM) grad is currently working for Jabil, an American company with a global reach and a strong additive manufacturing division.

  • March 2, 2020

    Engineering alum Shawn Bluhm has a passion for building devices and for finding the next million-dollar idea.  His education at Century College provided the key to channeling his creativity into learning about all aspects of business. 

  • January 9, 2020

    Faced with the loss of her job in 2013, alum Marleny Trujillo was at a turning point when she found Century College's Translation and Interpreting program.

  • December 19, 2019

    Donnita Williams, 2018 Century College Criminal Justice graduate, knows all about making and achieving goals and taking risks. “I accomplished so much—my goal was to graduate before I turned 30, and I made it," Donnita says.  "At Century,  I felt at home right away, and got the support I needed to be successful. "