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Choosing a college, selecting a major, understanding financial aid and everything else about attending college is exciting, but it can also feel challenging at times. M State has enrollment managers ready to help you through the enrollment process. If you have questions, contact the enrollment manager on the campus of your choice. Not sure which M State campus you plan to attend? Please contact our Solution Center at 877-450-3322.


 

eCampus

Contact Courtney Draxten

Courtney earned her AA degree from M State and a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Before joining the staff at M State in 2009 she worked as a cardiac technician and chiropractic assistant.

As an enrollment manager at M State, she assists prospective students who have questions about the college and works with current students during admissions and enrollment. "I enjoy getting to know each individual and seeing what M State can offer them. The real challenge is getting to know students and helping them to find the right fit."

Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to take advantages of the many amenities offered in the lakes area.


 

Detroit Lakes Campus

Contact Dale Westley

Dale began work at M State on the auspicious date of 8-8-88, focusing on recruiting and marketing before he joined the enrollment management team. He is a graduate of M State, earning a degree in Sales and Marketing. One of the changes he's seen during his M State career is an immense improvement in the transferability of credits, both to and from M State, and especially for students who opt to transfer to colleges within the Minnesota State College and Universities system.

"With enrollment limited in some M State programs and career fields competitive, take time to make the right career decision. Research the career fields that interest you, meet with academic advisors and students currently in the programs you're considering, and check out employment and job placement trends."

Dale's interests include the seemingly unrelated pastimes of woodworking and curling because of the strategy and mental concentration that both require.


 

Fergus Falls Campus

Contact Dave Jensen

Dave earned his AA degree from M State in Fergus Falls and his bachelor's degree in communication/public relations from Northwestern College in St. Paul. His advice for prospective students is, first, that reading brochures and visiting websites are convenient ways to begin a college search, but a college visit is the only way to truly experience the culture and atmosphere on a campus. Second, once you've scheduled your college visits, consider both your educational goals and your extracurricular interests when you pick a college.

"College should provide opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Extracurricular activities provide real-world experiences that can be hard to come by in the classroom."

Outside of work, Dave is most often outdoors. He loves endurance sports and spends his summers competing in triathlons, mountain bike races and half marathons. In June 2013, he completed a 15-day coast-to-coast bike ride to establish a Dream Big Scholarship for Fergus Area College Foundation.


 

Fergus Falls Campus

Contact Jessica Sem

Jessica earned her bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Concordia College in Moorhead and joined the M State enrollment team in 2008.

"The best part of my job is introducing incoming students to M State and watching them get excited about their future. I love showing off the amazing Fergus Falls campus and everything it has to offer."

Jessica lives in Fergus Falls with her husband and children and enjoys cooking, playing Barbies with her daughters and making bad jokes at her husband's expense, and she often can be found talking to anyone with ears.

 

Moorhead Campus

Contact Richie DePaolis-Metz

Richie earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Mayville State University and joined the M State enrollment team in 2013. Richie previously worked in enrollment and admissions at a four-year institution and as an aide at a nursing home.

His advice to prospective students is to carefully research which colleges offer the program they are interested in, match those colleges with the attributes they are looking for in a school, and visit those college campuses. Don't be afraid to ask the enrollment experts questions!

"Fargo-Moorhead is a great community for college students, and M State has a lot to offer: affordable tuition, small class sizes, a variety of technical and specialty programs, and a group of faculty and staff who care about the success of the students."

In his spare time, Richie enjoys long-distance running, taking long walks outdoors and reading about current events and politics.


 

Moorhead Campus

Contact Laura Muz

Laura joined the enrollment team in 2013 after earning a bachelor's degree in public relations and advertising; management communication from North Dakota State University.

She says the best advice she can offer to prospective students is to visit the campus they're planning to attend so they can see the campus in person and have an opportunity to get their questions answered.

"M State is a great place for students who want smaller class sizes, career and technical programs, or a place to earn an associate degree before transferring to a four-year school. My advice to students is to really explore their options. M State has a lot to offer, with convenient schedules, transfer programs and technical degrees that let you start a career in two years or less."

Outside of the office, Laura enjoys traveling, being active, cooking and "anything crafty."


 

Wadena Campus

Contact Josh Mattison

Josh is in his rookie season at M State after earning a degree in political science from Saint Cloud State University and a master's degree in human resource development and adult education from the University of Minnesota.

His advice to students is to use the resources that are available to them - and use them early and often. Talk to the instructors if you're struggling. Don't let issues linger, because they tend to get worse over time. Remember that everyone at M State is committed to your success and wants to see you achieve your goals.

"The employer demand for our graduates is remarkable. We get calls all the time from employers asking if we have students to fill their positions … and these are very good-paying careers with outstanding organizations."

Josh fills his free time with an eclectic mix of activities that include hunting and fishing, music festivals, yoga, fantasy football, free samples at Costco and playing with his dog, George.

Last modified: November 4th, 2013 at 02:36pm