SCSU partners with government agencies to benefit students, state

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A partnership of the university's community development program, the Economic Development Association of Minnesota Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has made it easier for nine SCSU students to earn their degrees and jump start their careers. The foundation has awarded five $1,000 scholarships and two internships of $2,500 each for community development majors, and two $2,500 internships in economic development for which DEED is providing positions in the state office.

"The majority of them would say this is their first break," said SCSU alumnus Jim Maciej '73, who was instrumental in creating the partnership. Students benefit, but so do state agencies: one winner is helping DEED recruit wind energy product manufacturers to Minnesota; another is conducting an inventory of farms, capital and employees in the horse industry in Wright County; and a third is developing a handbook for employers considering relocation to Benton County.

SCSU offers the only undergraduate community development program in Minnesota.

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