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On Thursday, June 30, College Possible Minnesota hosted a panel discussion on creating more college graduates across the state of Minnesota. A panel of experts explored the history and demographic shifts impacting the college access landscape, the unique challenges and needs of suburban and greater Minnesota students on the path to and through college, and programs that are making a difference.
MEET THE PANELISTS:
Senator Greg Clausen
Senator Greg Clausen represents District 57 in the Minnesota Senate and serves as Vice Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. Senator Clausen worked in education administration before running for office.
Sara Dziuk came to College Possible Minnesota as Executive Director in 2010. She’s passionate about serving more students and loves connecting with community members to make this growth a reality.
Congressman Keith Ellison
Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His priorities are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil rights.
Dr. Joe Gothard
Dr. Joe Gothard is Superintendent of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools, which serves 9,500 K-12 students and employs 1,400 people. He is committed to achieving District 191’s mission: each student real-world ready.
Magdalena Wells is Director of College Access at College Possible Minnesota, where she oversees programming for high school students at 53 partner high schools across the state. Magdalena holds a Master’s degree in education.
Kayla Yang-Best is Education Portfolio Director at the Bush Foundation. She oversees strategic investments and partnerships in education. Kayla has 18 years of experience in philanthropy, including a decade of education-focused work.
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