President's Note

Dear Friends,

Normandale has experienced exciting activities and events during the past few months. We recently celebrated partnerships with Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato for several new campus bachelor’s degree offerings. The collaborations, due in large part to the addition of our newly opened Partnership Center, allow us to greatly expand the range of degrees we offer to respond to the needs of our community and students.

We recently enjoyed an inaugural community event, the Foundation’s Creating Futures Celebration gala. The evening featured numerous displays of talent and inspirational stories from our diverse student population. Long-time Normandale donor Larry Jodsaas was honored at the event for his dedication to the college. The event also raised a record net amount for student programs and scholarships. It was extremely gratifying to see the dedication and support that hundreds of our community members, donors and volunteers continue to provide for the college.

In this issue of Creating Futures, you’ll meet Normandale graduates enrolled in the Twin Cities Engineering program, along with an alumnus who found his career path through the Academy of Math and Science. You’ll read about our special partnership with a local company, Polar Semiconductor. And you’ll learn about some of our other outstanding partners and supporters in and around the Twin Cities.

This issue offers a glimpse of the great work the college and foundation continue to do and why Normandale is such a special institution. Thank you again to all of the individuals and organizations that have supported Normandale. It is an honor to serve the college and work with each of you.

President Joseph P. Opatz

Joseph P. Opatz, Ph.D
Normandale Community College