Stories

Rachael Buhr
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Rachael Buhr

I chose M State because it was close to home, and I never really thought of going anywhere else. They have the Accounting program I was interested in, and I had always heard amazing things about the college.

Shawna Christie
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Shawna Christie

Business Management, Marketing and Sales

M State helped me to realize that I could be more and has opened my eyes to what the world can offer.

Sarah LaSart
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Sarah LaSart

Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts and Sciences

I attended M State as a PSEO student, earning my AA degree while completing my last two years of high school.

Abby Kimball
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Abby Kimball

Early Childhood programs

M State provided me with the lab experience and knowledge that gave me confidence when I went out into the early childhood field and got a job.

Megan Yoder
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Megan Yoder

Early Childhood programs

Before I enrolled at M State, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for my career, but I knew that I wanted to work with children in some way.

Ashley Devier
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Ashley Devier

Nursing

At M State, the instructors want to see you succeed – you know the teachers care. That makes the program so completely different than anything I’ve experienced.

Tanya Weets
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Tanya Weets

Web Design

I chose M State based on the ease of online learning, as well as the specific courses in the Web Design program. M State’s instructors and staff are incredibly helpful and responsive.

Rhonda Swanson
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Rhonda Swanson

Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health
Nursing

I have always had an interest in adolescents with mental health disorders. As I was waiting to get into the nursing program at M State, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about mental health.

Keila Schmitz
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Keila Schmitz

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

I planned on going into the medical field and looked into massage therapy, physician’s assistant, nursing and medical lab technician programs. The more I thought about it, I just didn’t think that would suit me.

Tanner Jorgenson
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Tanner Jorgenson

Diesel Equipment Technology

I chose M State’s Diesel Technology program over others in part because of the location and what it has to offer, but also because of the welcome I received when I toured the facility.

Tristan Trosvig
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Tristan Trosvig

Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts and Sciences

After taking PSEO classes during high school, I started my sophomore year at M State in Fergus Falls with all but 22 credits completed. Like most AA students, I dabbled in a bit of everything in terms of subject matter.

Matthew Benjamin
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Matthew Benjamin

Business Transfer Pathway

I chose M State because of the smaller class sizes. Having been out of high school for 17 years, coming back to school caused a lot of concerns for me.

Elizabeth Diaz
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Elizabeth Diaz

Nursing

I chose M State because it’s economical. Since I don’t have financial support from my family, I have to work and pay tuition on my own while raising two wonderful children.

Christopher Tuinstra
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Christopher Tuinstra

Drafting and 3D Technologies

I chose M State because they have a program that fits me perfectly, and it’s within driving distance of my home. I was working in manufacturing, and I didn’t want to change fields when I’ve been in the industry for 15-plus years.

Jack Wenglewick
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Jack Wenglewick

Cybersecurity

After 25 years working in the IT industry, my employer closed their Fargo office and sent the jobs to other locations around the world. Not having a degree in my field negatively impacted my search for a new job.

Ashley Goebel
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Ashley Goebel

Business Management, Marketing and Sales

I chose M State because I was going back to college seven years out of high school, and I appreciate that there are other people at M State doing the same thing.

Sandrine Kouhe
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Sandrine Kouhe

Dental

I grew up in Fargo with my family and chose M State in Moorhead because not only is it affordable, but they also had my program there. I really enjoyed my time there and can say that M State sent me in the right direction.

Abdullahi Hashi
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Abdullahi Hashi

Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts and Sciences

After coming to the United States in 2008 and surviving that first harsh winter, I thought of higher education. M State Fergus Falls was the nearest campus and, since I had a passion for agriculture, I enrolled without thinking twice in the Sustainable Food Production program.

Chelsie Isacson
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Chelsie Isacson

Nursing

When I first entered M State, I was unhappy with my life, working a job to make ends meet and dragged down with the responsibilities of being a single mother. I wanted more with my life, and I wanted more for my daughter. I decided that I would try and at least walk into the school and see what, if any, options I had.

Katie Mastel
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Katie Mastel

Medical Administrative Assistant

Initially I planned to pursue a degree in nursing, but after completing my CNA certification I realized that hands-on medical care was not the right fit for me. After doing a bit of research, I discovered M state offered a Medical Administrative Assistant program and thought that would suit me perfectly.

Delaney Rick
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Delaney Rick

Business Management, Marketing and Sales

My academic journey was never the easiest. I always struggled … so I didn’t know if college was for me. After being put on academic probation at three colleges, I decided that I needed a break from college and started looking for a job instead.

Corey Knauss
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Corey Knauss

Nursing

I had a 21-year profession as a massage therapist, and unfortunately my body could not keep up with the work. I chose M State Detroit Lakes (for my nursing degree) after researching courses and costs from a number of schools.

Wendy Kieffer
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Wendy L. Kieffer

Health Information Technology/Coding

I enrolled at M State due to the list of programs available. I enjoyed being able to talk to the instructors before signing up for a program.

Kelly Bischof
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Kelly Bischof

Social Media Management

I am positive that all the courses I am taking and experience I am getting at M State will help me tremendously when I start actively looking for a job again in the near future.

Ashley McDaniels
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Ashley McDaniels

Engineering

M State instructors are awesome. All of my instructors genuinely care about each student’s success. M State’s faculty is one-of-a-kind.

Caleb Riermann
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Caleb Riermann

Construction Management

I went to M State for Construction Management and had a job lined up before I left college. My current title is project manager/estimator, and I work for Amerect Inc.

Josh
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Josh Mickelson

Engineering

Easily the best decision I made in my college career was going to M State. I was able to stay ahead of my bills and pay for tuition along the way, so now I have very little debt.

Jacob Kremin
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Jacob Kremin

Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive

I chose the Cardiovascular Technology program because I wanted to help people and be in the medical field.

Andrew Hanson
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Andrew Hanson

Architectural Drafting and Design

M State allowed me to absorb the concepts and skills required for my profession. I was provided with opportunities to practice what I had learned through real-life applications, including an internship with a commercial design-build company.

Maddie Stephenson
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Madelyn Stephenson

Computer Programming

M State has guided me onto great paths that I never saw myself taking. I have gotten to meet so many great people at cyber security conferences and participated as an alternate at the College Cyber Defense Competition.

Sydney Anderson
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Sydney Anderson

Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts and Sciences

I chose M State because I don’t learn well in bigger classrooms. I have a harder time asking for help when I can’t get the one-on-one help that I need from a teacher. I knew that being in smaller classrooms would help me not feel so overwhelmed. Plus it’s close to home!

Lydia Bradrick
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Lydia Bradrick

Nursing

I knew several people who went through the nursing program in Fergus Falls, and I really appreciated the opportunity to go through an affordable two-year RN program.

Jamie Azure
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Jamie Azure

Business Management, Marketing and Sales

Thank you to M State and the magnificent staff for making my dreams come true, even if I didn’t know of those dreams at the time.

Haroon Al Hayde
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Haroon Al Hayder

Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education and learning encouraged me to enroll at M State. I chose Liberal Arts and Science as my degree because I wanted to take some inspiring classes like philosophy, leadership, public speaking, religion and humanities.

Joe Bessler
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Joe Bessler

Health Information Technology/Coding

I chose M State after researching and contacting many different online colleges that offered an HIT program that would allow me to sit for the AHIMA RHIT and CCS certifications.

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