Name: Colleen Borgendale
Current position: Communications assistant at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis
Degrees: BA in history, University of Minnesota–Morris, 2008; AAS in graphic design and visual communications, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 2010
Why she stayed for college: The University of Minnesota–Morris helped me develop the critical thinking and analytical skills that have been necessary in my post-college career. My MCTC degree gave me the technical skills I would need and began fusing my interests and skills with different career options.
Why she stayed for work: Everyone is connected across the state! People here want to work together on projects and to build a stronger, more vibrant place to live.
Experience gained at college: The networks and professional relationships I built in college have helped me further my career and become involved in the communities and types of work that interest me. The University of Minnesota–Morris also has a reputation for being a great school, and employers recognize that.
On her Minneapolis: Minneapolis is a vibrant city with many overlapping communities of motivated, passionate, and caring visual and performance artists, musicians, writers, foodies, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, creatives, and others who make the kind of place and community they want by working together. Even though it is small, there are many opportunities for people to pursue what they want and find support in the community.
Next for her: Start my own business and work my way into brand strategy or user experience design.