The Congressman toured the new space at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, located just two doors down from Minnesota School of Business. Stacie Vandrovec, financial aid director for the Minnesota cosmetology school, gave a tour and talked about graduate outcomes, job placement, student demographics and the skills graduates of the cosmetology program obtain.
Regina Hughes, massage therapy program chair at Minnesota School of Business, also had the chance to talk to the Congressman about how the Plymouth campus is helping fill the job gap in the massage therapy field – a sector that is in the midst of a 10-year, 19 percent growth phase.
After a brief tour of the Plymouth campus, Congressman Paulsen addressed a group of approximately 60 students, staff and alumni, talking about several issues on the state and national level for the 2012 election.
The Congressman touched on several topics, including the importance of medical technology in the state, his time on the House Ways and Means Committee, higher education issues and the job skills gap local and national businesses are experiencing.
Students and staff had questions for the Congressman on issues ranging from affordable and accessible financial aid options for continuing education, the effects of small business on the Third Congressional District and the federal debt.
“It was a great opportunity for our students to meet their Representative,” Dean of Students Kristen Schommer said. “We are very grateful for Congressman Paulsen taking time to hear our campuses’ and students’ stories.”