I so enjoy hearing the stories of our students and how the colleges and universities of Minnesota State have impacted their lives. Today I introduce you to a student and an alum who have both found success and fulfillment due to their further education. Enjoy!

Devinder Malhotra
Chancellor, Minnesota State
Itasca Community College student blazing toward success
As a standout athlete at Deer River High School, Jamaal Baird was looking for a career that offered physical and mental challenge. In his first year at Itasca Community College, Baird's well on his way to reaching that goal in the Wildland Firefighting program.
Minnesota State University, Mankato alum a first for St. Paul City Council
Nelsie Yang is a first in a couple of ways: she's the St. Paul City Council's first female Hmong member, and she is also its youngest. Her election would surprise few who knew her when she was a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato.