Spring community events canceled at Ridgewater to support social distancing
HUTCHINSON and WILLMAR, MN – As the state and nation face the many challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Ridgewater College will support Minnesota State guidelines by cancelling large event gatherings in the interest of public safety.
“Our college executive team is working closely with the Minnesota State system office to stay on top of the situation, but it is important for all of us to keep in mind that this is a very dynamic challenge,” said Ridgewater College President Dr. Craig Johnson.
To keep students, employees and the community abreast of how this global crisis is impacting the Ridgewater College community, its leadership has created a webpage at with the latest virus information, resources, and the latest college event cancellations.
Ridgewater College announced on Thursday, March 12 that it would be among several Minnesota State colleges that would extend its spring break by a week with no classes until March 23. Hutchinson Adult Basic Education will extend its spring break also until March 23.
Ridgewater will remain open, including student services offices, and employees will still report to work March 16-20, but college faculty and leadership will work together to plan academic scenarios to best serve students through the end of the semester.
Previously scheduled community events that have been canceled or postponed to a later date include:
March 17 Red Cross Blood Mobile
March 17 Nursing Careers Info session
March 18 Automotive Info Sessions
* March 19-21 Theatre production of “Radium Girls” (may be rescheduled)
* March 19 Job Fair (may be relocated off campus)
March 26 Community Health Fair and Healthcare Job Fair
* March 27-28 Theatre production of “Radium Girls” (may be rescheduled)
March 18 Nursing Careers Info session
March 19 Coffee with the Cops
March 24 Community Health Fair and Healthcare Job Fair
* Hutchinson Adult Basic Education will extend its spring break also until March 23
April 16 Grow Your Own: Dig into Learning at the Ridge children’s event