[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.