Interested in helping people who are struggling with substance use or mental health challenges?

In response to the growing need for diversity in the mental and chemical health professions locally, the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition has partnered with the Northfield Community College Collaborative (NCCC) to offer a Chemical & Mental Health Fellowship for those interested in furthering their education for a career in the mental or chemical health field.

To qualify for the Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Reside in Rice County
  • Meet one or more of these criteria: Be a student of color; be bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali; be at or below 200% of the poverty line *
  • Be able to work in the United States

What the Fellowship covers:

  • Assistance finding a paid position within the mental and chemical health field while completing coursework
  • Tuition assistance for coursework through the Northfield Community College Collaborative (includes flexibility in taking courses through a number of Minnesota State College & University institutions and the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree locally)
  • Up to $2,500 toward tuition for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees
  • Laptop
  • Textbooks and course supplies
  • Supportive services including, but not limited to: up to $750 each year for: emergency rent, utility or other bills; car repairs; gas; and/or groceries

Questions? Interested in applying? Contact: Katie Theis,, 507-301-6021

For more information on the Northfield Community College Collaborative, its resources, and the support offered, visit

* If you’re interested in a career in chemical and mental health but don’t qualify for the fellowship, please contact Katie Theis,, 507-301-6021 for additional information about education options.

**Fellows participate in regular academic advising with NCCC staff and need to maintain at least a 2.75 GPA to remain a Fellow