Dayton answers questions at college campus forum

  • Associated Press
  • December 4, 2013 - 8:05 PM

WINONA, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton fielded questions Wednesday on everything from frack sand mining to the importance of the liberal arts in a modern economy at a college student forum.

Dayton attended a forum at Winona State University that also attracted students from St. Mary's University. The hourlong event was billed as a conversation about Minnesota's future.

Many of the questions focused on college affordability and jobs. Students were interested in hearing how Dayton and the state can increase paid internships or work-study opportunities, freeze or lower tuition, and prepare students for high-quality jobs after graduation, the Winona Daily News ( ) reported.

St. Mary's student Conner Ellinghuysen told Dayton that job experience on a resume is becoming vital when applying for work. He asked the governor what the state could do to increase work-study opportunities for students.

Dayton said work-study programs are important, but as federal funding for the programs falls, the state just doesn't have "deep enough pockets" to make up the difference.

When Southeast Tech student Gabriel Hall asked the governor about easing tuition, Dayton answered, "I'd like to do more, but where is the money coming from?"

"But the two-year freeze is a really good start," Dayton added.

The Democratic governor is wrapping up the third year of a four-year term but plans to seek re-election in 2014.

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