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The Brainerd campus commencement event was held Thursday, May 16 at the Brainerd high school gymnasium. 300 graduates were honored at the 2013 commencement program. Approximately 2,200 family and friends of the graduates were in attendance for this year’s event. The music for commencement was performed by the CLC Community Band, conducted by Steve Anderson.
Students graduated from the following programs:Associated in Arts Degree, A.A. Degree Honors, Engineering, Nursing, Young Child Education, Accountant, Business Management, Child Development ASL, Child Development Care and Guidance, Computer Information Technology, Computer Network Administration, Criminal Justice, Dental Assisting, Horticulture, Marine and Small Engine Technology, Medical Administrative Secretary, Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Natural Resources Technology, Special Education, Welding and Fabrication, Administrative Support, Automotive Technology, Computer Support Specialist, Floral Design, Individualized Studies, Landscape Technology, Occupational Skills, Practical Nursing, Sustainable Greenhouse Production, Bookkeeping, and Entrepreneurship, Platform guests included Dr. Larry Lundblad - CLC President, Kelly McCalla - Vice President of Academic Affairs, Kari Christiansen - Vice President of Administrative Services, Julie Jo Larson - Alumni Representative, Darci Goeden - Nursing Instructor, Rachel Bartosh - Student Senate President, and guest speaker Stephen Sabin - President of the MN State College Student Association. Central Lakes College Brainerd received 1,037 applications to graduate from eligible students for the academic year 2012-13 at both the Brainerd and Staples campuses. 140 students participated in the Staples campus commencement event on Wednesday, May 15.
The Staples campus commencement event was held Wednesday, May 15 at the Staples-Motley high school gymnasium. Approximately 140 graduates were honored at the 2013 commencement program. CLC students received degrees, diplomas and certificates for Communication Art & Design, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician, Engineering Technology, Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology, Mechatronics, Medical Assistant, Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Photographic Imaging Technology, Robotics/Automated Systems Technology, and Videography Production programs.
Platform guests included Dr. Larry Lundblad - CLC President, Kelly McCalla - Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Wendy Schluender - Dean of Career and Technical Programs and the Staples Campus, John Maleski - Heavy Equipment Instructor, Darci Goeden - Nursing Instructor, Gail Olson - General Council of MN State Colleges and Universities System, and guest speaker Stephen Sabin - President of the MN State College Student Association. Central Lakes College Brainerd received 1,037 applications to graduate from eligible students for the academic year 2012-13 at both the Brainerd and Staples campuses. 340 students plan to participate in the Brainerd commencement at Brainerd High School on Thursday, May 16.
Staples Campus CommencementThe Staples campus commencement event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm at the Staples-Motley high school gymnasium.
Brainerd Campus CommencementThe Brainerd campus commencement event is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm at the Brainerd high school gymnasium.
Commencement Speaker • Steve SabinSteve Sabin will be the commencement speaker at both the Staples and Brainerd events. Steve Sabin is a graduate of the Central Lakes College Practical Nursing program, currently serving as president of the Minnesota State College Student Association. As president, Steve advocates on behalf of over 100,000 public community and technical college students across Minnesota for affordable and accessible higher education. Steve also conducts leadership training for other student advocates.
While at Central Lakes College, Steve ensured students had a voice on campus while serving as Student Senate president and treasurer. Throughout his tenure on student senate, Steve led initiatives to grow the Student Senate to record attendance levels, promoted healthy living for all members of the community, and increased student advocacy oncampus and around the state. In addition to his work on student senate, Steve held membership in Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, and was the recipient of the MSCSA Student Leader of the Year, and the 2010 and 2011 Central Lakes College Student of the Year. Steve just recently completed his Associate in Arts degree. Steve has plans to pursue his ultimate dream of becoming an RN and work as a critical care nurse, while also serving as a patient advocate at the legislature.