January 31, 2019
Pictured left to right: Amal Abdi, Northland student; Johanna Jacobson, Northland student; Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, Minnesota State Chief Diversity Officer.
January 31, 2019 Northland Community & Technical College students and administrators participated in the Day at the Capitol event on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 that brings together legislators, trustees, presidents, students, faculty, and staff to highlight the impact Minnesota State colleges and universities have on the students, communities, and regions in which they serve. This event coincided with the 2019 legislative session to emphasize the gravity of Minnesota States budget request.
Along with Northland President Dennis Bona, two students braved the cold and made the trip to St. Paul to advocate for Northland and Minnesota State. Greenbush, MN native Johanna Jacobson, a student in Northlands nursing program, was recently awarded the state-wide LeadMN Henry P. Dembiczak Scholarship. Jacobson’s chosen career path was inspired by her grandfathers battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Experiencing what happened with my grandpa–the hospital stays, the nursing home–really inspired me to choose nursing, explains Jacobson. As she prepares for graduation this May, Jacobson intends to dedicate her focus in nursing to the geriatric field. Her familys devastating diagnosis will find purpose in a career that will benefit others facing similar circumstances.
Seeking better opportunities, Amal Abdis family moved from Minneapolis, MN to the Red River Valley in 2013 where her mother enrolled in Northlands radiologic technology program. Abdis family, originally from Kenya, came to the U.S. in 2009. After graduating from Grand Forks Central High School, she decided to follow in her mothers footsteps and continue her education at Northland. Abdi is currently enrolled in the early childhood education program with the dream of eventually becoming a Kindergarten teacher. I love working with children. To see them blossom and know youve been a part of that is the greatest reward, Abdi emphatically states.
We are true partners with the economic development corporations in both East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. Our collective efforts help to sustain and grow this region of the state.
The demand for graduates entering Jacobson and Abdis chosen fields, as well as numerous others, is exponentially on the rise throughout the region and nation. Minnesota State colleges and universities, including Northland, are raising awareness of the diverse opportunities that emerge to students upon graduation. These graduates help drive Minnesotas economy by providing the talent employers need. Northlands President Bona affirms, We are true partners with the economic development corporations in both East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. Our collective efforts help to sustain and grow this region of the state.
Minnesota States biennial budget request focuses on serving current and future students, protecting our commitment to affordability, and building capacity for innovation. It represents a critical investment in the success of students, like Jacobson and Abdi.