“People tend to center their lives around their biggest problem. But that gets you nowhere. Instead, you need to stay focused on your plan.”
Wise advice from Minnesota School of Business student, Jong Wong. That mindset is what helped earn him the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Career Path Scholarship. Wong and 23 other local adult learners were officially honored during a luncheon October 6, 2015.
The TwinWest Foundation established the scholarship to help adult learners, particularly those seeking vocational or technical skills, achieve the training they need. In doing so, it also helps the local economy by building a skilled workforce for local companies.
Like many Minnesota School of Business (MSB) students, there is very little that is traditional about Jong’s educational journey. He moved to the United States from Hong Kong at the age of 17 and completed his high school education at Wayzata High School in 2009.
From there he went on to try two of the bigger state colleges, switching his major from political science to graphic design along the way. After struggling at both schools, he decided to take two years off, figure out what he really wanted to do and make a plan.
“Once I graduate, I want to start an indoor velodrome business,” says Jong. “Cycling is big in Minnesota, but the weather can keep people from doing it year round.” He may be on to something. Wired magazine recently listed Minneapolis as one of the 20 most bike-friendly cities on the planet, but listed the winters as an area to improve on. Minneapolis was the only U.S. city to make that list.
It is a lofty goal, but Jong is motivated.
“Moving to a new country taught me how to overcome challenges,” he says. Jong is no stranger to hard work. He is currently caring for his ill mother while attending school, and still finds time to give back to his community volunteering his skills at Interfaith Outreach.
Jong is very appreciative of the $500 scholarship from the TwinWest Chamber and the GEN Matching Scholarship.
“It’s so nice to be acknowledged. This money will be very helpful as I work to pay off my education and start a new career.”
We congratulate Jong on this well-deserved honor.