College official goes peddling for part-time student scholarships. (around campus).
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- A trustee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System comprises 32 colleges and universities, including 25 two-year colleges and seven state universities. The system is separate from the University of Minnesota. has embarked on a 2,101-mile, 53-campus solo bicycle tour to raise money for scholarships for part-time students.
Robert Erickson expects to complete the tour by July 5 with enough donations to establish a scholarship fund for part-time students, who he says are typically older and have to struggle to balance family and work with their studies.
"Minnesota's financial aid program offers little help to part-time working adults," he said before heading south from Normandale Community College. "This ride is my small personal effort to help."
Along the way, Erickson will pass out pledge cards seeking sponsors. He is paying for the trip himself.
Some of his first planned stops included Inver Hills Community College Inver Hills Community College is a community college located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. The college is part of the MNSCU system.
Inver Hills Community College has participated in the PSEO program, a state-sponsored dual enrollment program that allows qualified in Inver Grove Heights, Dakota County Technical College Total, the college has more than 50 programs, about 6000 regular credit students and 6000 customized training students a year. Classes are available online, day, evening, or weekend and short-term training is available. in Rosemount and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Red Wing.
MnSCU schools serve 225,000 students annually. About 44 percent are enrolled part-time and around one-third are age 25 and older.