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October 14, 2022

Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day - Commissioner Olson visits UMD, connects with native students

Commissioner Olson meeting with students at University of Minnesota-Duluth

As part of his statewide tour, Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) Commissioner Dennis Olson made a special visit to the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) on Indigenous Peoples' Day, Oct. 10. The visit allowed Olson to meet with native students and hear their personal stories on how OHE's financial aid programs are serving them and have conversations on important topics and issues that they face.

“It was incredibly important for me to hear that our financial aid programs are working and serving the students that they are intended," said Olson, who referenced two students who are benefitting from the new Fostering Independence grant program and the Minnesota Indian Teacher training program.

The UMD visit was a stop on the commissioner’s statewide tour to learn about the current state of higher education. Click here to watch FOX21 news coverage.

Commissioner Olson's statewide tour continues at Riverland Community College, Intek Plastics

Commissioner Olson continued his statewide tour by visiting Riverland Community College to meet with the institution's leadership and students. Riverland is member of the Minnesota State system. With three locations in the Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, Riverland has been an incredible asset in providing strong career and technical education programs to greater southeast Minnesota.

Commissioner Olson at Riverland Community College meeting with the college's leadership and students.

In celebration of Manufacturing Month, Commissioner Olson also visited Intek Plastics, a supplier of custom plastic solutions in Hastings, Minn. on Oct. 7 along with Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Temporary Commissioner Nicole Blissenbach.

The visit allowed the commissioners to meet the beneficiaries of the Minnesota Dual Training Grant, a partnership program between OHE and DLI, as well as discuss current workforce challenges and successes.

DLI Temporary Commissioner Nicole Blissenbach and Office of Higher Ed Commissioner Dennis Olson with Intek Plastics Leadership and Employees

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  • Final two sessions: Apply for Financial Aid - Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and Search for Scholarships - Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Sessions will be approximately one hour long with a short presentation from financial aid experts.
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New SLEDS data available on Minnesota's transfer students

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The Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) has released an updated College Student Transfer Pathways report. This report shows information about students who transfer to a Minnesota institution, either from another Minnesota institution or from an out-of-state institution.

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