Academic Advising

The Riverland Advising Team is on campus and online to help you through the advising and registration process!

Virtual/Online Hours: Monday –Thursday 8AM-4PM, Friday 8AM-2PM
(Access Virtual/Online advising services via phone, email, Teams, Zoom appointments)

On Campus Hours:
     Austin East, Albert Lea and Owatonna: Monday – Thursday 8AM-4PM
     Austin East: Friday 8AM-2PM
     Austin West: Wednesday 8AM-4PM

Appointments are offered in a variety of formats with your comfort and safety in mind:

* Face-to-Face
* Phone
* Zoom
* E-mail

(To help maintain social distancing, we encourage you to connect with us virtually,)

Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor below.

Riverland’s academic advisors are professionals with advanced degrees who are ready and willing to assist students with their educational needs. Whether you are seeking a certificate to enhance your job skills, an AAS technical/vocational degree to obtain skills for immediate entry to the labor force, or a degree to transfer to a four-year institution, advisors will meet individually with you and help you with your academic planning.

Every student has an assigned Academic Advisor. To determine what Advisor is assigned to a particular major, please view the information below

Amber Caswell, Academic Advisor
Amber Caswell/Academic advisor

Austin East

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Human Services Programs
  • AA – Elementary Education
  • AA – Global Studies
  • AA – Liberal Arts
  • AA – Physical Education/Coaching
  • AA – Psychology Transfer Pathway
  • Coaching
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway AS
  • Criminal Justice - Corrections Diploma
  • Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Non-POST
  • Exercise Science Transfer Pathway
  • Global Studies
  • History Transfer Pathway
  • Human Services
  • Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway AS
  • Massage Therapy
  • Personal Trainer/Athletic Coaching
  • Public Safety Dispatch
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Alison Sabinish/Academic Advisor

Austin East

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Human Services Programs
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Fire Science Technology AAS
  • Fire Services Certificate
Britani Espe
Britani Espe/Academic Advisor -
PSEO/Accessibility Services

Austin East

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Accessibility Services

Kris Gullord/Academic Advisor

Albert Lea

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Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology Programs
  • Applied Technology
  • Auto AAS
  • Auto Diploma
  • Carpentry – Residential
  • Chemistry Transfer Pathway
  • Commercial Carpentry
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrician – Construction
  • IMMR
  • Machining Diploma
  • Truck Driving
  • Welding Diploma
  • AA/Engineering, Science, Technology, Math Pathway
Business & Administration Programs
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant AAS
  • Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma
  • Medical Receptionist Cert
Paula Halvorsen/associate registrar

Austin East

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Health Science & Technology Programs
  • Pre-Medical Assistant
  • Pre-Radiography
  • Medical Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Pre-Surgical Tech

Kathy Kirkpatrick, Associate Registrar

Kathy Kirkpatrick / Associate Registrar

Austin East



Mel Morem, International Advisor

Mel Morem/international advisor

Austin East

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International Students

English as a Second Language 

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Programs;

  • AA – Ag Sciences
  • AA – Food Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Science
  • BioTechnology
  • Food Science Certificate
  • Food Science Technology AS
  • Precision Ag
  • AA/Ag Biotechnology, or Food Pathway

Austin East

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Arts, Communications & Information Systems Programs

  • AA - Music Emphasis
  • AFA - Art
  • Cisco Network Associate Certificate
  • Computer Technology AAS
  • Cyber Security AAS
  • Fundmantals of Network Security Certificate
  • Fundamentals of Voice Over IP Certificate
  • Management Information Systems Transfer Pathway
  • Microsoft Systems Engineer Certificate
  • Musical Theatre Transfer Pathway
  • Social Media Marketing Certificate
  • Theatre Transfer Pathway
  • Web Developmer AAS
  • Web Developer Game Design Certificate
  • Web Page Design Certificate
  • AA/Arts, Theatre, Music, Communications & Information Systems Pathway

Health Science & Technology Programs if last name starts with Q-Z

  • Health Science Broadfield
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Pre-Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • AA/ Health Pathway
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katelyn flatness/academic advISOR

Austin East

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The Hormel Foundation Austin Assurance Scholarship

Juliana Sammon, Academic Advisor
Juliana Sammon/academic advisor


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Business, Management, & Administration Programs
  • AA – Business
  • Accounting Transfer Pathway AS
  • Accounting AAS
  • Accounting Diploma
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Transfer Pathway AS
  • Business Certificate
  • Human Resource Development
  • Leadership
  • Tax Preparer Cert
  • Supervising and Managing
  • Supervisory Management AAS
  • Supervisory Management AS
Amy Wagner, Academic Advisor
Amy Wagner/academic advisor

Austin East

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Health Science & Technology Programs if last name starts with A-P

  • Health Science Broadfield
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Pre-Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • AA/ Health Pathway
anfa diiriye/ TRIO Student Support Services advisor

Austin East

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TRIO - Student Support Services

Rebecca White/ Academic Advisor

Austin East

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MN Reconnect

Amanda Mathews, Director of Advising Services

Amanda Mathews / director of advising services

Austin East


Phone Number
(507) 433-0600 or

Fax Number
(507) 433-0515

1900 8th Ave. NW
Austin, MN 55912

Office Hours
Virtual/Online Hours:
Mon-Thur 8am to 4pm
Fri 8am to 2pm

On Campus Hours:
Austin East, Albert Lea & Owatonna Mon-Thurs 8am to 4pm
Austin East Fri 8am to 2pm
Austin West Wed 8am to 4pm