Advisory Committee

Riverland Student Parent Center

Study Spaces - Healthy Snacks - Grocery Gift Cards- Computers/Printer



Albert Lea Campus, Student Success Center

Austin Campus, West Building, Room A239

Owatonna Campus, Student Success Center

Student Parent Success

Riverland Community College provides outreach, referral, and direct services to students who are pregnant or who have children. Riverland and our partner, Parenting Resource Center Inc., help student parents accomplish their educational goals while maintaining their health and well being. 

We offer...

Gas and Grocery Gift Card Program

Earn points when you participate in activities and discussions.  Each point equals one dollar. Redeem your points for grocery and gas “gift” cards.  Points are totaled at midterm and the end of the semester.  You will get a notice on your Riverland email that the cards are ready and can be picked up in the Student Parent Center.  Check the  for ways to earn points.

Stop in the Parent Center or download the registration form (PDF) to start earning incentive points today!


Student Parent Forum/Facebook

Connect with student parents and parent educators through our Facebook online forum.  Check out weekly parenting articles and join the discussion. Earn points for adding a meaningful posting to our discussion!


Confidential Telephone Support

Warm line/Linea de Apoyo:

  • Local: 507-440-4785
  • Toll Free: 1-877-434-9528


Parent  “Lunch and Learn” Events

Free weekly lunches include presentations and discussion on great topics.  Join other students to gain support in balancing school, family and work.

Upcoming Events

Parent Lunch and Learn:

  • Tuesdays at the Parent Center, Albert Lea
  • Wednesdays at the Parent Center, Austin
  • Monthly in Owatonna

Watch for other activities throughout the year.

Helpful Links

Crime Victim's Crisis Center

The Crime Victim’s Crisis Center (CVCC) provides:  assistance with Orders For Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders; court accompaniment; safehousing; victim advocacy; groups for children who witness violence; an educational group for women; and assistance with filing reparation applications.

CVCC is located on the 2nd floor of the DHS building and is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  On-call trained volunteers cover evening and weekend hours, providing 24-hour response to victims of crime.

  • Daytime phone: (507) 377-5460
  • 24-hour Crisis Line: (507) 373-2223


The Open Door Clinic - Free health care programing for family planning services in Mower and Freeborn Counties.



Fun Links

Skype - Stay in contact with friends and family using this fun and free program.  Communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Learn more here.        

Disney Family Fun - A Disney themed website with fun parenting ideas including recipes, crafts, and printable projects focused around recognizable characters the kids are sure to love.         

The National Parenting Center - The National Parenting Center was founded in July of 1989 with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice to parents everywhere. The advice provided is furnished by some of the world's most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.             

Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities - Located in Minneapolis, PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old.

Minnesota Parents Know - Trusted parenting information, resources an activities to help your children grow, develop and learn from birth through high school.

Nickelodeon Parents Connect - An activities based website featuring current and popular trends and ideas in the world of parenting with a fun and fresh style.

National Center for Fathering - Non-profit educational organization that provides research-based training and resources so that men are equipped to address their children’s needs.

Do-it-yourself Father - Great site for dads looking for engaging activites for their children of all ages.

Great Dad - Online parenting resource for fathers, given from a fathers perspective.

United Way 2-1-1 - United Way 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit number that families and individuals can call 24-7, 365 days a year to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services and resources within their community.  Available in 100 languages!

Safe Kids - kids safety site for parents that covers car seat safety, in home safety, suffocation risks, etc.



Bruce Heiny
Parent Center Coordinator
Riverland Community College

Carol Robison
Parent Center Support 
Riverland Community College


Albert Lea

Erin McCormick-Lee
Tutoring/Disability Services
Parent Center Coordinator
Riverland Community College



Attina Earl
Tutoring/Disability Services
Parent Center Coordinator
Riverland Community College

The project described was supported by Grant Number 1 SP1AH000022-01-00 from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The Riverland Parent Center is funded through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, in partnership with Parenting Resource Center, Inc.