MANKATO, MN- A new location and a fresh look, that's what everyone will see at Rasmussen College's open house.

Following a decade alongside highway 14, the college decided to move its campus down North Victory Drive and into the Madison East Mall in December.

With a majority of its students pursuing a medical field, the demand for additional lab space as opposed to traditional lecture rooms highlights the new building.

Rasmussen College campus director Kathy Sanger says "Things changed, ten years ago we had more residential classes. Now, we're more online except for our nursing and health science students. We took that opportunity to build a space that we needed again to meet the needs of our students."

Within workshops, future nurses are able to work on computerized dummies that sweat, illustrate pain and even "give birth."

Even at its old address, Rasmussen College partnered with providers such as Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Clinic and Advanced Pain Management to give students access to resources and staff, preparing them for life after graduation.

Having providers next door not only makes the travel a little more convenient, but benefits both sides in terms of communication and oversight.

Mankato Clinic human resources administrator says "Having the students here right by us has been such an asset to us and Rasmussen. At the Mankato Clinic, we do hire a lot of their students. Having their CMA's, LPN's, and RN's right by us in a brand new facility has been great."

Students and faculty are already settled in, with classes underway since January, but the institution is now inviting the community to take a look inside the new Rasmussen.

The open house runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursday and will include tours, food and prizes.

To learn more about Rasmussen College, you can visit its website.

- KEYC 12