April 28, 2021

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

“The pandemic turned everyone’s lives upside down. Especially healthcare workers and healthcare students,” said Laura Keithahn, Vice President of Hospital Operations at M Health Fairview St. John’s Hospital. Laura is a member of the Century College Foundation Board of Directors and MC of the event. “These workers and students are the true heroes and they stepped up to the plate to do whatever it takes to serve our community.

Keithahn guided participants through a series of personal stories detailing the tremendous adaptability and sacrifice our healthcare heroes have demonstrated this past year.

Nine instructors, four alumni, and two students in the Medical Assisting, Nursing, Paramedic and Radiologic Technology programs shared insights into Century’s healthcare programs and how Century and its partner hospitals and clinics prepare top-notch graduates, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Jewelie Grape, a member of the Century College Foundation Board of Directors, described the event, “Wonderful, wonderful event this morning–my guests were very impressed and expressed gratitude for Century College and its programs, faculty, students and alumni.”

A local resident, inspired by Century’s excellent nursing program, donated $5,000 from her unused travel funds for the year to create the Norma Joyce Mogren Meyer Nursing Scholarship.

After a year of continuous change and uncertainty, this event reassured us that one thing will always remain constant – Century College and its partners will continue to work together to provide the best training for students, providing Minnesota with the exceptional healthcare workers it needs.

Century Foundation Board President, Melissa Martyr-Wagner, adds, “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the local hospitals and clinics who partner with Century, to all our local healthcare workers, and to everyone who has contributed to support students at Century College.”

Watch the event video and learn more about how you can support Century College students at, or by contacting Foundation Executive Director, Nora Slawik at 651-779-3338 or