Minnesota State Welcome Students 2019

Minnesota State Welcome Students 2019


[Light music] [Chancellor Malhotra] Hello, I’m Devinder Malhotra, Chancellor of Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities. Welcome to the new academic year and congratulations on your decision to continue your education and create a better future for yourself. We are delighted that you have
decided to invest in yourself by enrolling at one of
the 37 state colleges and universities of Minnesota State. We know that the pursuit
of education can be hard and you may face many
challenges along the way, but we are here to help. Be sure to seek out your
teachers and the staff who will help you get
across the finish line. Our colleges and universities ensure that the programs we offer
are relevant to the work you may one day do by
partnering with employers, 7,000 employers the last time we counted. This is a tremendous
opportunity for our students and I encourage you to take advantage of these employer relationships. We recently talked to some
alums who did just that. [Steve] By my senior year, I was
working 30 hours a week at GeoComm and then I was
hired the day I graduated. If it weren’t for St. Cloud State and this partnership with GeoComm, I wouldn’t be where I am today. [Vilayluck] I think it’s very important
that Minnesota State and Mayo Clinic have a partnership. When you’re done with your program and you’re looking for your different jobs that you wanna apply to,
recruiters in Mayo Clinic will look to see that you’ve been exposed to the different expertise
that we have here at the different facilities
that you’re doing clinicals at. [Luis] Mechatronic program helped
me a lot with my career. I think employment partnership, are really important to students. [Cheri] I still remember when
I received my wings. As soon as we passed our check ride, they would slide your wings
over across the desk to you and that is really an impactful moment. When I look back upon my education here at Minnesota State, Mankato it really set a terrific
foundation for my entire career. [Derek] I think partnerships
between colleges and employers are very important because it’s a way of getting your foot into the doorsteps of what it’s like
working in the real world and the field that you’re studying in. It was also a way for me to get introduced to a company such as
Visual Communications. [Breanna] Because of the internship
and the partnership through Alex Tech and Ziegler, I am getting hired before I graduate. Employer partnerships like
this are important because it makes it a lot easier
for kids in college to actually talk to
someone and communicate and it definitely helps. [Chancellor Malhotra] I hope you have found inspiration in these graduates experiences and know that you, too, will someday look back on your educational
journey with pride. Remember, stay focused on your goals, persevere through the challenges that will surely come your way. Best wishes for a successful year.

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