Normandale celebrates Student Resource Center with Grand Opening

By Chris Hall - Media and Public Relations Intern

The new Student Resource Center celebrated its Grand Opening with a ceremony on September 4.

The new resource center provides services and connections for students to help them meet their needs and establish a stronger support network. The center works with over 100 community partners to bring needed resources to students with unmet needs.

Last year, Normandale conducted a student survey regarding basic needs insecurities. This helped clarify some of the obstacles students face on a daily basis outside of the classroom. The new physical space for the Student Resource Center is Normandale's response to taking on these issues and to strive for building a stronger community.

"At the student resource center our mission is to strengthen the supporting network available to the students to meet their unmet needs, to help them meet their short and long-term goals", said Michael Kranz, the Student Resource Center Coordinator.

Despite not having a physical location last year, the resource center staff ran a number of events to address important student issues. These included a clothing drive, a Mobile Pantry provided by VEAP, tabling by Oasis for Youth, SNAP Outreach Information sessions and many others.

The new resource center located in the Activities building centralizes these efforts into a physical space. At the location, students can be connected to resources such as food and housing by student workers who are called "resource navigators" in a safe and confidential space.  

While speaking at the ceremony Dr. Joyce Ester, President of Normandale Community College, said: "As far as I'm concerned if one student has a need, it's an issue."

Normandale Community College is continuing in its mission to advance student development through teaching and support. The Student Resource Center will fill an important role in the school's support system and will contribute to building relationships to strengthen the community.